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The Giga Test Systems

The Giga Battle
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Platform Information
Graphics card for all tests NVIDIA GeForce 256
120 MHz Core, 300 MHz DDR-RAM 32 MB
Hard Drive for all tests Seagate Barracuda ATA ST320430A
Giga Athlon
CPU for all tests Athlon 1 GHz
VIA Apollo KX133 Chipset
Motherboard VIA VT5249B1, BIOS January 2000
Memory 128 MB, Enhanced Memory Systems PC133 HSDRAM CAS2
IDE Interface Promise Ultra66 PCI card
Network 3Com 3C905B-TX
AMD 750 'Irongate' Chipset
Motherboard Asus K7M, rev. 1.04, Chipset rev. C6, Super Bypass Enabled, ACPI BIOS 128 beta (02.03.2000), AGP2x enabled in GeForce driver (IrongateEnable2x=1)
Memory 128 MB, Micron PC133 SDRAM CAS2
IDE Interface Promise Ultra66 PCI card
Network 3Com 3C905B-TX
Giga Pentium III
CPU for all tests Intel Pentium III 1 GHz, 133 MHz FSB
VIA Apollo Pro 133A Chipset
Motherboard Asus P3V4X, ACPI BIOS 1002 final, March 2000
Memory 128 MB, Enhanced Memory Systems PC133 HSDRAM CAS2
IDE Interface Promise Ultra66 PCI card
Network 3Com 3C905B-TX
Intel 440 BX Chipset
Motherboard Asus P3B-F, ACPI BIOS 1005 beta 01, March 2000
Memory 128 MB, Enhanced Memory Systems PC133 HSDRAM CAS2
IDE Interface Promise Ultra66 PCI card
Network 3Com 3C905B-TX
Intel 820 Chipset
Motherboard Asus P3C-L, ACPI BIOS 1020 beta 05, March 2000
Memory 128 MB, Samsung PC800 RDRAM, RDRAM clock adjusted in BIOS
IDE Interface onboard
Network Onboard i82559
Driver Information
Graphics Driver NVIDIA 4.12.01.0508 pre-release
viagart.vxd for VIA Chipsets 4in1 4.17
AGP-driver 3.56
ATA Driver Promise Ultra66 driver rev. 1.43
Intel Ultra ATA BM driver v5.00.038
Environment Settings
OS Versions Windows 98 SE 4.10.2222 A
Screen Resolution 1024x768x16x85
Screen Resolution 1280x1024x32x85 for SPECviewperf
DirectX Version 7.0
Quake 2 Version 3.20
command line = +set cd_nocd 1 +set s_initsound 0
Crusher demo, 640x480x16
Quake 3 Arena Retail Version
command line = +set cd_nocd 1 +set s_initsound 0
Graphics detail set to 'Normal', 640x480x16
Benchmark using 'Q3DEMO1'
Expendable Downloadable Demo Version
command line = -timedemo
640x480x16
Unreal Tournament Ver. 4.05b
high quality textures, medium quality skins, no tweaks
640x480x16
Benchmark using 'UTBench'.

NVIDIA's New Driver 5.08

In this test we used NVIDIA's new pre-release driver rev. 5.08, as available at www.reactorcritical.com . This driver vastly enhances GeForce's OpenGL-performance on all platforms and it removes the 'fast writes' bug of the driver rev. 3.68. At the same time the 5.08-driver reduces Direct3D-performance. I still decided to use it, because it shows a lot better performance on non-Intel platforms than previous ones. The frame rates of Quake 3 Arena, Quake 2 and SPECviewperf are up to 5% higher than before; the frame rates in Expendable and Unreal Tournament D3D are reduced however.

Office Application Performance Under Windows98SE

BAPCo's Sysmark2000 has become the de-facto standard for office application benchmarking. You can see it, Giga-Athlon does not score as high as Giga-Pentium III, but it's not too far behind. Athlon on KX133 is slightly faster than on Irongate with enabled SuperBypass. The Giga-Pentium III results are more interesting. They show once more that nothing can beat the good old Intel 440BX chipset even for Coppermine. VIA's Apollo Pro 133A is just as fast as Intel's i820 using the fast PC800 RDRAM, but both are far behind BX.

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