Although itâ€™s been some time since Intel launched its new PCI Express chipsets, the flow of retail motherboards has been a bit slow, partly due to some production issues and partly due to a lack of peripherals. Both of these issues have now been addressed and weâ€™re seeing more and more PCI Express graphics cards and DDR2 memory modules making their way into the retail channel.
Itâ€™s still early days for PCI Express, DDR2 and even SATA to some degree and although Intel wants to switch over to this new technology as quickly as possible, it seems like the consumers are reluctant to move to a completely new platform as yet. It is also worth noting that there is no PCI Express support for AMD processors yet, but hopefully it wonâ€™t be too long until this happens, and this might help convince people that itâ€™s time to move to a new platform.
The two 925X boards that we rounded up were tested with 1GB of Corsair XMS2 DDR2 memory, a 3.6GHz Socket-775 Pentium 4 processor, a 120GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 SATA hard drive, a GeForce 6800GT PCI-Express graphics card and an Akasa PaxPower 460W PSU. We used four sticks of memory to make sure that all the boards worked fine with more than two modules in dual channel mode.
We put the boards through our usual suite of benchmarks, consisting of SYSmark 2004, PCMark 2004, 3DMark 2001SE, 3DMark03, AquaMark3 and finally X2: The Threat.
So, how did the boards perform? Well read on to find out how well these two new Intel 925X boards stands up to the previous generation and if itâ€™s worth spending your cash now, or hanging on a little longer to see what's coming down the line.