The test: We’ll start with PCMark 05. PCMark 05 is a piece of software designed to test the systems combined performance, meaning that there’s no focus on each part like the 3DMark does.
As expected there wasn’t much difference between the IX38 Quad GT and the X48 based Asus motherboard. The Abit motherboard did win with 100 points though.
SuperPI is a piece of software where it’s all about calculating PI as quick as possible, which means the lowest number as possible
Again the results are very close, where the IX38 QuadGT is beaten.
Like PCMark, 3DMark06 puts the combined setup to the test but with focus on the graphics card.
This time it’s a burning loss. The 300 points that the IX38 is behind might not look like much to the average benchmark’er but as soon as we get to the high ends, 300 points is a lot.
Last test is Cinebench. This is a piece of software designed to make the CPU render a 3D image.
Yet again, the IX38 Quad GT looses by very little.
All in all this is a nice product to your hands on. The Abit IX38 QuadGT manages to impress but without bringing anything innovative to the scene. The large passive cooling profiles are relatively low and will allow most coolers to be mounted. During the tests, they only get a little warm. The CMOS reset button is a nice touch instead of the traditional jumpers. One thing is for sure, Abit still delivers one of the best and most integrated BIOS/Software solutions on the market today. As always it’s a pleasure to work with Abit’s uGuru BIOS.
The price tag at the moment is 1300, - DKK. A fair price for a motherboard of this caliber and if you’re looking for something that can go very high. A high quality board with great performance.