Soltek EQ3401A
Posted on: 06/23/2004 05:00 AM

A lot of people are hard on Sisoft Sandra but it's hard not to include it as it's a) readily available for you folks to install and compare results with what you see here and b) an excellent base-line test used to ensure that everything is "as it should be". Sandra never ends up being a revelation to us, but it does set us at ease that everything is working properly.

The Soltek SFF has been hanging quite close with its Shuttle competitors to this point. Unfortunately, when I ran the memory benchmark I noticed a slightly larger gap than I expected. I did use the same Kingston memory used in the previous tests and matched the timings to the best of my ability. As a result, I don't believe the numbers we see here are the result of human error. In the grand scheme of things, 200MB/second is probably not going to have a large impact on the performance of many applications or games, anyways. Of course, there are plenty of people out there who would complain about that 2 frames per second drop in their favorite first-person shooter. I used to be one of those people, but that was back in the grand old Quake II days and you were talking about FPS' between 25 (Voodoo 1!) and 60 and under those circumstances, a few extra FPS were always welcome and appreciated.

Let's move right along to another benchmark that is one of our favorites, the Cinbench Rendering test.

Back when we reviewed the SB62G2, we were shocked that it was able to beat its big brother, the SB75G2, in several of our synthetic benchmarks. Finally, when we got to our Cinebench Rendering test, the tide started to switch back to Intel's flagship desktop chipset (of the time). Here, the SB75G2 does end up on top and the other two i865G-based systems held down second and third place. Again, we see Soltek's SFF coming up just short of the Shuttle SB62G2 when we ran the Multiple CPU test. (which in this case utilizes the second logical processor available in Windows XP as a result of the Hyper-Threading implementation on the 3.2GHz P4C)

We're almost through our benchmarks, and we'll finish with PCMark 2004 and our home-brew DVD Encoding test.