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Testing Configuration

Pricey Foundations: 9 Boards For The Pentium 4
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Hardware
Processor Pentium 4 2000 MHz
Memory 2x 128 MB RIMM PC-800 (Viking)
Hard Drive IBM DTLA-307030, 30,7 GBytes
Ultra DMA/100, 7200 rpm
Graphics card 1 NVIDIA GeForce 2 Ultra
Chip speed: 250,0 MHz
Memory speed: 458,2 MHz
Memory: 64 MB DDR-SDRAM
Graphics card 2 NVIDIA Quadro 2 Pro
Chip speed: 250,0 MHz
Memory speed: 400,9 MHz
Memory: 64 MB DDR-SDRAM
Drivers & Software
Chipset Driver: Intel V3.10.1011
Graphics Card Driver Detonator 4 Serie V14.70
DirectX Version 8.0a (German)
OS Windows 98 SE, Version 4.10.2222 A
Benchmarks and Settings
Sysmark 2000 Patch 5
1024 x 768 / 16 Bit / 85 Hz
Quake 3 Arena V1.16 "Timedemo 1" "Demo Demo001"
640 x 480 / 85 Hz / 16 Bit
CPU Speed WCPUID 3.0c
Unreal Tournament V4.28
"Timedemo1" "Demoplay UTBench"
SPEC Viewperf Version 6.1.2

Benchmark Results [Updated]

All the boards were put through the rigors of 9 different benchmarks, and there wasn't a single serious problem throughout the entire testing process, which earns kudos for the Socket 423 CPU platform. The following benchmark disciplines will now elucidate all the boards' various aspects.

Range Of CPU Clock Speed: 1980 MHz To 2030 MHz

The testing scenario in this comparison reveals that some manufacturers are still trying to pad their results by overclocking the boards at the factory. For example, the MSI's 2030 MHz puts it at the top of the heap in several disciplines! We have seen this to be an issue with European users more so than North American users. Whether the issue is being overlooked by some reviewers, or there's some sort of cultural difference on overclocked mobos, we can't tell

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