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Benchmarks Under Windows 2000

DDR333 For Athlon: VIA KT333 vs. KT266A
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OpenGL-Performance Quake 3 Arena "Demo 1" and "NV15 Demo"
3D-Rendering SPECviewperf Suite
3D-Rendering Lightwave 7b
3D-Rendering Cinema 4D XL 7
DirectX7 3D Mark 2000
DirectX8 3D Mark 2001
Audio-Encoding MP3 Lame-MP3-Encoder
Video-Encoding MPEG-2 Pinnacle Studio 7
Video-Encoding MPEG-4 XMpeg 4.2a and Divx 4.12
Office-Performance Sysmark 2002
Archiving WinACE 2.1
Linux Kernel-Compiling Suse Linux 7.3 (Kernel 2.4.13)
SiSoft Sandra 2002 Pro CPU and Multimedia Bench

We wanted to avoid the automatic resource management feature integrated in Windows XP, so as in the past, we opted to use Windows 2000 to test this group of chipsets. The only reason for choosing Windows 2000 over Windows XP is that the newer version of Windows optimizes how background applications run. This new feature would have prevented us from obtaining accurate benchmarking results.

We performed a total of 26 different benchmark tests in order to obtain the most complete, well-balanced view of how the new VIA KT333 performs. You can get a clear overall picture from the benchmark results for a total of 9 different platforms, all of them for AMD CPUs. We ran four different Quake 3 tests to determine OpenGL performance. The different MPEG-encoding benchmarks provide a comprehensive testing environment - the Lame MP3 Encoder was used to encode a 178 MB WAV file into MPEG-1 Layer 3 format. Still am established standard, our MPEG-4 test converts a file from a commercial DVD-ROM into MPEG-4 format using Xmpeg 4.2a and the Divx 4.12 codec. We also created an MPEG-2 film using the video-editing software "Pinnacle Studio 7." A regular in our list of benchmarks is determining rendering performance using Newtek's Lightwave (version 7b). We also ran WinACE 4.1 to test file archiving, a standard and practical application in the computing world. Compiling the latest Linux kernel, 2.4.13, has long been a standard benchmark in our repertoire. In order to determine office performance, we used Sysmark 2002 benchmark for the first time. SPECviewperf provides a comprehensive suite of 3D benchmarks.

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