The Economical Way to a Pentium 4 System: Five Motherboards with the SiS648 Chipset

Test Setup

Processor Intel Pentium 4, 2.26 GHz (133 MHz FSB)
Main memory 256 MB PC3200 CL2, Corsair Micro or Twinmos
Hard drive IBM DeskStar 60GXP, IC35040, 40 GB, 7,200 rpm, NTFS
Graphics card nVIDIA GeForce 4 Ti4200, 128 MB
Other Hardware
Network card 3COM 3C905-TX
Driver & Settings
Graphic drivers Detonator 4 series, Version 30.82
Chipset driver nVIDIA driver 1.13
DirectX Version 8.1
Screen resolution 1024x768x16, 85 Hz
SPECviewperf : 1280x1024x32, 85 Hz
Operating system Windows 2000 Professional SP3
Quake III Arena Retail Version 1.16
command line = +set cd_nocd 1 +set s_initsound 0
Graphics detail set to "Normal"
Benchmark using ’Q3DEMO1’
Unreal Tournament 2003 Official Demo
Comanche 4 Official Demo
WinACE 2.20, best compression, Dictionary 4096 kB
SPECviewperf Version 7.0, all tests
mpeg4 encoding Xmpeg 4.5
DivX 5.02 Pro (YV12)
Compression/quality : Highest
Data rate : 780 kBit
Format : 720x576 Pixel@25 fps
150 MB VOB file, no audio
Sysmark 2002 Internet Content Creation
Lame MP3 Lame 3.91 MMX, SSE, SSE2, 3DNow !
PCMark 2002 Memory Bandwidth Benchmark
3DMark 2001SE Default resolution : 1024x768x32

Our reference board was a Gigabyte GA-8IHXP based on the 850E chipset from Intel as well as PC1066 RDRAM. You shouldn’t try to compare these two platforms directly because they target a wide range of buyer groups : while the Intel chipset, in connection with Rambus memory, always attains the best performance, this combination is much more expensive than the SiS648 and DDR333.

However, the 850E chipset is still the standard - and the one against which the five candidates must ultimately be measured.

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