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ECS NFORCE4 A939

"This review compares two budget motherboards the ECS Nforce4 A939 (Nforce4) and the Asrock 939 Dual Sata2 (ULI M1695) using a GeForce 6600 GT and Athlon64 3000. We have used the following software for testing:- Doom 3, SiSoftware Sandra 2007, SuperPI, Tribes Vengenace, UT2004, Warhammer 40K Dawn of War and Xpand Rally."

ECS NFORCE4 A939

GENERAL SYSTEM INFORMATION

MOTHERBOARD ECS NFORCE4 A939
NVIDIA NFORCE4 DRIVER v6.70
MOTHERBOARD ASROCK 939 DUAL SATA 2
ULI INTEGRATED DRIVER v2.20
PROCESSOR AMD ATHLON64 3000
VIDEO CARD MSI GEFORCE 6600 GT
NVIDIA DRIVER FORCEWARE v84.21
MEMORY 2 x 512MB OCZ GOLD XTC PC3200 DDR
OPERATING SYSTEM WINDOWS XP
DIRECTX VERSION v9.0c

SISOFTWARE SANDRA 2007

PROCESSOR ALU DHRYSTONE

ECS NFORCE4 A9398106
ASROCK 939 DUAL SATA27987

PROCESSOR FPU WHETSTONE

ECS NFORCE4 A9393661
ASROCK 939 DUAL SATA23692

ECS NFORCE4 A939 ASROCK 939 DUAL SATA2

COMMENT "The ECS Nforce4 A939 finishes 2% faster than the Asrock 939 Dual Sata2 when using the ALU test, however when using the FPU test the Asrock 939 Dual Sata2 is a modest 1% faster."

SISOFTWARE SANDRA 2007

MULTI-MEDIA INTEGER

ECS NFORCE4 A93917232
ASROCK 939 DUAL SATA217004

MULTI-MEDIA FLOATING POINT

ECS NFORCE4 A93918539
ASROCK 939 DUAL SATA218272

ECS NFORCE4 A939 ASROCK 939 DUAL SATA2

COMMENT "The ECS Nforce4 A939 finishes 2% faster than the Asrock 939 Dual Sata2 with both of the Multi-Media bechmarks."

SISOFTWARE SANDRA 2007

MEMORY BANDWIDTH INTEGER

ECS NFORCE4 A9395052
ASROCK 939 DUAL SATA24978

MEMORY BANDWIDTH FLOATING POINT

ECS NFORCE4 A9394997
ASROCK 939 DUAL SATA24927

ECS NFORCE4 A939 ASROCK 939 DUAL SATA2

COMMENT "The ECS Nforce4 A939 offers 2% more memory bandwidth than the Asrock 939 Dual Sata2."

SUPER PI BENCHMARK

4MB (LOWER IS BETTER)

ECS NFORCE4 A939224
ASROCK 939 DUAL SATA2229

ECS NFORCE4 A939 ASROCK 939 DUAL SATA2

COMMENT "The ECS Nforce4 A939 finishes 3% faster than the Asrock 939 Dual Sata2 using this number crunching benchmark."

GAMES SOFTWARE

DOOM 3

ECS NFORCE4 A93987
ASROCK 939 DUAL SATA283

TRIBES VENGENACE

ECS NFORCE4 A939130
ASROCK 939 DUAL SATA2122

UT 2004

ECS NFORCE4 A939132
ASROCK 939 DUAL SATA2131

WARHAMMER 40K- DAWN OF WAR

ECS NFORCE4 A939100
ASROCK 939 DUAL SATA292

XPAND RALLY

ECS NFORCE4 A93970
ASROCK 939 DUAL SATA267

ECS NFORCE4 A939 ASROCK 939 DUAL SATA2

COMMENT "The ECS Nforce4 A939 puts in some good game performances against the Asrock 939 Dual Sata2 and finishes between 8% to 1% faster."

CONCLUSION "The ECS Nforce4 A939 is more of a workhorse than a cutting edge motherboard for enthusiasts who demand the latest technology like SLI. The ECS Nforce4 A939 offers all of the basic features and performance of the Nforce4 chipset, however the lack of Sata2, Firewire and even basic overclocking options might be a problem for some people. As for performance the ECS Nforce4 A939 was usually faster than the Asrock 939 Dual Sata2 but the performance difference was small that it wouldn't be noticed. Both of these motherboards will appeal to different sections of the budget motherboard market. The ECS Nforce4 A939 will appeal to people who have no interest in overclocking, Sata2, Firewire and already own a PCI Express video card. The Asrock 939 Dual Sata2 will appeal to people wanting overclocking options, Sata2, 16x PCI Express, AGP 8x for older video cards and the main reason will be an easy upgrade path for Socket AM2. If you choose either ECS Nforce4 A939 or Asrock 939 Dual Sata2 you will not be disappointed!"

ECS NFORCE4 A939

PAGE 1 ECS NFORCE4 A939
PAGE 2 PC MARK 2005 AND 3DMARK 2001 TO 2006
PAGE 3 CPU BENCH 2003, EVEREST, KRIBIBENCH AND METABENCH
PAGE 4 SISOFTWARE SANDRA AND GAMES BENCHMARKS

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