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We built our test system around the following components.

  • Intel Pentium 4 2.4B (B0 Core)
  • GA-8PE667 Ultra 2 Motherboard
  • Stock Intel Heatsink
  • Maxtor 80Gig DiamondMax Plus 9 with 8MB buffer (connected to Promise 20276)
  • TDK 40/12/48 CDRW Drive
  • Corsair CMX512-3200 512MB 
  • Leadtek WinFast A250TD Geforce 4Ti 4400
  • Antec True Power 430W PSU

We ran our Corsair CMX512-3200 memory at aggressive timings

  • CAS Latency Time= 2
  • Active to Precharge Delay= 5
  • DRAM RAS# to CAS# Delay= 2
  • DRAM RAS# Precharge= 2

Software Used

  • Windows XP Pro (SP1 all updates)
  • 3DMark 2000 Version 1.1 Build 340
  • 3DMARK 2001SE Build 330
  • Camache 4 Demo Benchmark
  • SiSoft Sandra 2003
  • PCMark 2002 Build 100
  • Pass Mark Performance Test 4.0 Build 1003

Because we are using a stock Intel heatsink we did not attempt to overclock the processor for performance comparison.  Instead we wanted to find out what running DDR333 would do for system performance compared to running DDR266.

The PassMark Performance test uses a variety of different speed tests to compare performance between systems.  Running DDR333 we get an overall score of 314.3; running DDR266 we get an overall score of 306.6.  There is really no big performance increase here with DDR333.  The GA-8PE667 Ultra 2 does however perform well in both situations.

Futuremark’s PC Mark 2002 benchmark tests common tasks in home and office applications.   We don’t see any real performance increase in the HDD score.  There is a slight increase in CPU performance and a decent increase in memory performance with DDR333.

Comanche 4 is a Direct X 8.1 game.  This benchmark measures system performance in real-world gaming experiences.  We ran the benchmark with default settings in both 32 and 16 bit.  We do see a slight increase in performance with DDR333 but once again nothing astronomical.

3DMark 2000 is an older Direct X 7.0 benchmark.  We wanted to see how the system performed running with older Direct X 7.0 material.  We ran all the settings at default.  With DDR266 we got a score of 11923 and with DDR333 we got a score of 12585.  So in this benchmark we do see a semi decent performance increase.

The new 3DMark 2001SE combines Direct X8.1 support with new cool graphics.  It goes a great job at comparing overall system performance.  Once again we ran all the settings at default.  With DDR266 we get a score of 11693; running at DDR333 the score is 12071. 

SiSoftware Sandra’s Arithmetic Benchmark shows how the CPU handles arithmetic and floating point instructions.  The GA-8PE667 Ultra 2 performs very well against the two reference systems. 

SiSoftware Sandra’s Multi-Media Benchmarks shows how the CPU handles Multi-Media instructions.  Once again our test system performs well.

SiSoftware Sandra’s memory benchmark shows how the memory sub system performs.  Here we see that running DDR333 improves the score greatly.


I feel that the performance margin is so small between DDR333 and DDR266 because we ran the memory at aggressive timings.  If we compared DDR266 running CAS2.5 against the DDR333 running at CAS2 we would see a bigger performance gap.  The GA-8PE667 Ultra 2 did perform very well running at both memory speeds. I am impressed.

With the GA-8PE667 Ultra 2 you get performance, features, stability, and looks.  I have been running the GA-8PE667 Ultra 2 for over 5 days now and am extremely pleased with the board in every way.  The minor Bios glitches we ran into should be corrected very soon.  If you are currently looking for an 845PE solution I would definitely consider the GA-8PE667 Ultra 2.  In all honesty this board rocks…..

Nigel Woodford


Web Target PC


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