To get a real feel for the processors FPU power and the motherboards subsystem efficiency, we run the wholly synthetic 3DMark2001 in low res mode and turn off hardware support for transform and lighting, forcing the processor to do the work. At last, we saw some real variance among the individual motherboards.
In Windows 2000, the ECS K7VTA3 limped to the finish, lagging about 8% behind the benchmark-leading Shuttle AK35GRT. Notice that the Soyos score is missing from the chart; it couldnt complete the tests in either operating system without crashing.
Meanwhile, in Windows Me, the results were closer. The DFI AD70-SR reared its head and took the lead by a nose--or should we say a resistor?