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Test Procedure And Special Aspects

The Athlon Cooler Cometh at 2.8 GHz and Below Zero Cool
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Intel Processors (Socket 478)
200 MHz FSB (Dual DDR400) Pentium 4 3.20 GHz (3200 MHz 12-8/512 kB)
Pentium 4 3.00 GHz (3000 MHz 12-8/512 kB)
Pentium 4 2.80 GHz (2800 MHz 12-8/512 kB)
Pentium 4 2.60 GHz (2600 MHz 12-8/512 kB)
Pentium 4 2.40 GHz (2400 MHz 12-8/512 kB)
133 MHz FSB (Dual DDR333) Pentium 4 3.06 GHz (3066 MHz 12-8/512 kB)
Pentium 4 2.80 GHz (2800 MHz 12-8/512 kB)
Pentium 4 2.66 GHz (2666 MHz 12-8/512 kB)
AMD Processors (Socket A)
200 MHz FSB (DUAL DDR400) Athlon XP 3200+ (2200 MHz 128/512 kB)
Athlon XP 3000+ (2100 MHz 128/512 kB)
166 MHz FSB (DUAL DDR333) Athlon XP 3000+ (2166 MHz 128/512 kB)
Athlon XP 2800+ (2083 MHz 128/512 kB)
Athlon XP 2700+ (2166 MHz 128/256 kB)
Athlon XP 2600+ (1917 MHz 128/256 kB)
Athlon XP 2500+ (1833 MHz 128/512 kB)
AMD Processors (Socket 940)
200 MHz FSB (DUAL DDR400) Athlon FX-51 (2200 MHz 128/1024 kB)
AMD Processors (Socket 754)
200 MHz FSB (SINGLE DDR400) Athlon 64 3200+ (2000 128/1024 kB)
Memory
DDR433 (216 MHz) 4 x 256 MB / 5ns / 64 Bit (Corsiar TwinX)
XMS3200 (CMX256A-3200C2 CL2 T1)
DDR400 (200 MHz) 2 x 512 MB / 5ns / 64 Bit (Corsiar)
CMX512-3500C2 CL2
DDR400 (200 MHz) 2 x 512 MB / 5ns / 64 Bit (Legacy Eletronics Inc.)
Reg. ECC (88S6HDAR-1TDG 5733) Infineon
DDR400 (200 MHz) 2 x 512 MB / 5ns / 64 Bit (TakeMS)
MS64D64020U-5
Motherboard
Intel 875
(Socket 748)
Asus P4C800-E Deluxe Rev: 1.02
Bios: 1011 BETA 006
4 x 256 MB CL 2.0-2-2-5 (200 MHz)
4 x 256 MB CL 2.0-2-2-5 (133 MHz)
Nvidia nForce 2 Ultra
(Socket 462)
Asus A7N8X Rev: 2.00
Bios: 1006
2 x 512 MB CL 2.0-3-3-6 (200 MHz)
2 x 512 MB CL 2.0-2-2-5 (166 MHz)
2 x 512 MB CL 2.0-2-2-5 (133 MHz)
Nvidia nForce 3 150
(Socket 940)
Asus SK8N Rev: 1.03
Bios: 1003 BETA 002
2 x 512 MB CL 2.5-3-3-6 (200 MHz)
VIA K8T800
(Socket 940)
MSI K8T Master 1-FAR (MS-9130)
Bios: 1.0Bd Rev: 1
2 x 512 MB CL 2.5-3-3-7 (200 MHz)
VIA K8T800
(Socket 754)
MSI 8KT Neo (MS-6702)
Bios: 1.0 Rev: 1.0
2 x 512 MB CL2.0-4-4-8 (200 MHz)
Common Hardware
Sound Card Terratec Aureon 7.1 Space
96.00 kHz sample rate
Graphics Card MSI FX5900U-VTD256
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce FX 5900 Ultra
Memory: 128 MB DDR-SDRAM
Memory Clock: 620 MHz (256 Bit)
Chip Clock: 325 MHz
Hard Drive (AMD System) FastTrak S150 TX2plus (Bios: 1.00.0.30)
2 x SATA Maxtor 6Y080M0 (Raid 0)
80 GB / 8 MB Cache / 7200 rpm
Hard Drive (Intel System) Intel FW82801ER ICH5R
2 x SATA Maxtor 6Y080M0 (Raid 0)
80 GB / 8 MB Cache / 7200 rpm
DVD/CD-ROM MSI MS-8216 16x DVD
Network (Intel - I875) Intel 82547ET (CSA)
Network (AMD - nForce 3) NVIDIA nForce MCP Networking Controller
Network (AMD - nForce 2) NVIDIA nForce MCP Networking Controller
Network (AMD - VIA 8KT800) Broadcom BCM5705KFB
Software
Intel Chipset V 5.00.1012
SATA - IAA V 3.51
Nvidia nForce Nvidia V2.45
Nvidia Graphic Detonator V 45.23
VIA K8T800 V 14.49
DirectX Version: 9a
OS Windows XP, Build 2600 SP1

We have thoroughly revised our approach to benchmarking. Now, we aim to run tests that are as close to the real world as possible - and that means using the latest software for testing. One of the high-stress benchmarks is Steinberg Nuendo 2.0, where a project file over 2 GB in size is computed with the aid of a high-end sound card (Terratec Aureon 7.1 Space) at a sampling rate of 96 kHz and 32 bit. Mathematica 5.0 involves applying a complex formula which would overwhelm even the most expensive first-class calculator - the Athlon 64 FX churns through it in just 4.6 seconds! As you know, we use three professional rendering programs: 3D Studio Max 5.1 (version 6 available soon), Cinema 4D XL 8.1 and Lightwave 7.5c (version 8 of both products available soon).

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