Page 1:The ATI & NVIDIA South Bridge Royal Rumble
Page 2:How To Overclock The AMD Platform
Page 3:Watch Out For CPU And RAM Clock!
Page 4:Overclocking nForce4 SLI X16: Asus A8N32 SLI
Page 5:Overclocking ATI Radeon Xpress 200 XE: Asus A8R-MVP
Page 6:VIA's New K8T900 Dual Graphics Player
Page 7:The Battle Has Reached The South Bridge
Page 8:ATI Radeon Xpress 200 W/ ATI SB450
Page 9:NVIDIA nForce4 SLI X16
Page 10:VIA K8T900 W/ VT8251
Page 11:Test Setup
Page 12:VIA K8T900 Benchmark Results
Page 13:DirectX 9
Page 15:Video, Continued
Page 18:Storage Controller Benchmark Results
Page 19:Read Transfer Performance
Page 20:I/O Performance, Continued
Page 21:Conclusion: "N" The Winner Is
This time we overclocked the ATI and NVIDIA chipsets, checked their storage performance, and added VIA's new K8T900 chipset. Again, we cross-benchmarked it using both ATI and NVIDIA graphics cards.
Recently we began the quest for the best dual graphics platform. As a matter of course, ATI's Radeon Xpress 200 Crossfire Edition challenged NVIDIA's nForce4 SLI X16 chipset, since these two are the platform choices for anybody who wants serious 3D power. Other options could easily become problems, since neither ATI nor NVIDIA are particularly crazy about releasing technology licenses.
Intel's 975X dual graphics chipset is a promising option for those who favor the Intel platform, but boards won't begin to hit retail before January. VIA is ready for K8T900 shipments, but again, it will take some time until we see final products. While ATI Crossfire runs on Intel's new platform - and should also be available on some nice Yonah based desktop motherboards - VIA support neither technology yet. Summarized, ATI supports AMD/Crossfire platforms, Intel supplies an Intel/Crossfire solution and NVIDIA ships SLI platform products for both processor vendors. VIA and SiS technically could do so, maybe later.
Thus far, ATI Crossfire tends to be the slightly more flexible solution when it comes to dual graphics configurations, while it is beaten by NVIDIA's SLI chipset in the areas of features and maturity of the overall product. The latter becomes obvious when looking at NVIDIA's comprehensive software suite, which ATI is still lacking.
This article is the second part of our dual graphics chipsets evaluation for the current AMD platform, and deals with overclocking and the storage subsystems of both chipset solutions. While we were doing our testing, VIA's K8T900 reference motherboard arrived at our test lab. Although there is no dual graphics support from either ATI or NVIDIA available today, we included the platform in our general benchmarking lineup.
- The ATI & NVIDIA South Bridge Royal Rumble
- How To Overclock The AMD Platform
- Watch Out For CPU And RAM Clock!
- Overclocking nForce4 SLI X16: Asus A8N32 SLI
- Overclocking ATI Radeon Xpress 200 XE: Asus A8R-MVP
- VIA's New K8T900 Dual Graphics Player
- The Battle Has Reached The South Bridge
- ATI Radeon Xpress 200 W/ ATI SB450
- NVIDIA nForce4 SLI X16
- VIA K8T900 W/ VT8251
- Test Setup
- VIA K8T900 Benchmark Results
- DirectX 9
- Video, Continued
- Storage Controller Benchmark Results
- Read Transfer Performance
- I/O Performance, Continued
- Conclusion: "N" The Winner Is