CPU Scaling Analysis, Part 2: Intel Pentium III Scaling and Upgrading

Test Setup

Test System
CPU Intel Pentium III 733, 800, 866, 933 MHz
Motherboard Asus CUSL2, Intel 815E Chipset
BIOS 1006
RAM 128 MB PC133 SDRAM, 7ns (Wichmann Workx) CL2
Hard Disk IBM DeskStar 75 GXP, DTLA307030, 7200 rpm
Graphics Card nVIDIA GeForce 2 Ultra

nVIDIA GeForce 2 GTS

nVIDIA GeForce 2 MX

Operating System Windows 98 SE 4.10.2222 A
Windows 2000 Professional 5.00.2195 SP1
Benchmarks and Setup
Office Applications Benchmark BAPCo SYSmark2000
OpenGL Benchmarks Quake III Arena
Retail Version
command line = +set cd_nocd 1 +set s_initsound 0
Graphics detail set to 'Normal', 640x480x16
Benchmark using 'Q3DEMO1'

SPECviewperf 6.1.2: Advanced Visualizer and Lightscape

Direct3D Game Benchmark Mercedes Benz Truck Racing
Default Direct 3D Settings
Screen Resolution 1024x768x85, 16 Bit
1280x1024x75, 16 Bit for SPECviewperf 6.1.2
DirectX Version 8.0a

Sorry about the missing Pentium III 1 GHz - unfortunately I did not have this CPU when I ran the benchmarks. However, as you will see later, this is by no means crucial because ultimately the graphics card has a greater impact on 3D-performance than the processor.

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