Gigabyte GA-73PVM-SH2 mATX Motherboard - Gigabyte GA-73PVM-SH2 Motherboard Testing

Article Index
Gigabyte GA-73PVM-SH2 mATX Motherboard
Gigabyte GA-73PVM-SH2 Motherboard Specifications
Gigabyte GA-73PVM-SH2 Motherboard Testing
Gigabyte GA-73PVM-SH2 Gaming Testing
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Gigabyte GA-73PVM-SH2 Motherboard Testing:

Test Setup:

For the testing of this motherboard I am going to test the memory performance, hard drive performance, graphics performance, networking performance and some general testing to see how this motherboard performs.

 

Test System

  • Intel Core 2 Duo E6600
  • Gigabyte GA-73PVM-SH2 Motherboard - Provided by Memory Express
  • Onboard Geforce 7100 Video Card
  • 2 GB Kit of Crucial Ballistix Tracer PC2-8500 - Provided by Crucial
  • Western Digital 500 gig (16 MB Cache)
  • Windows Vista Ultimate

 

 

Memory Testing:

For memory testing I've included results from Sisoft Sandra and Everest Ultimate. Between these two tests we should get a pretty good estimate of what this board is capable of. If you refer to our review of the Intel DQ35J0 mATX board that we recently took a look at you'll see the results are quite similar.

 

 

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I'm happy enough with the memory performance; 2 GB of memory running at PC2-8500 is right about where it should be.

 

Hard Drive Testing:

Next up we've got the HDD testing, for this test I've used Sisoft Sandra.

 

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Once again if you'd like to refer to another board in the same price range, our review of the Intel DQ35J0 mATX board yielded approx. the same results with the Gigabyte board just edging it out performance-wise, but chances are good that extra 2-3% wouldn't be noticeable at all.

 

Network Testing:

For the network testing portion I've used handy iperf.

The results of my testing were pretty impressive, with the Gigabyte GA-73PVM-SH2 coming it at a whopping 67.6 MB/s, which is quite impressive and when compared to our other mATX board (Intel DQ35J0 mATX board), but to accomplish that CPU usage was around 20-25%, which is quite high for an onboard NIC.