The RDRAM Avenger - Intel's i840 Chipset

Benchmark Setup

Intel 440 BX Chipset
Motherboard Asus P3B-F, BIOS 1004, December 6, 1999
Memory 512 MB, 4 pieces 128 MB Micron PC133 CAS2
Network 3Com 3C905B-TX
Intel 820 Chipset
Motherboard Asus P3C-L, BIOS 1007, December 10, 1999
Memory 512 MB, 2 pieces Samsung 256 MB 800 MHz RDRAM
Network onboard Intel 82559
Intel 840 Chipset
Motherboard Intel OR840
Memory 512 MB, 2 pieces Samsung 256 MB 800 MHz RDRAM
Network onboard Intel 82559
Common Hardware
Hard Drive for all systems Western Digital WDAC 418000
Driver Information
NVIDIA GeForce 256
120 MHz Core, 300 MHz DDR-RAM 32 MB
ATA Driver NT & 98 Ultra ATA BM driver v5.00.038
Environment Settings
OS Versions Windows 98 SE 4.10.2222 A
Screen Resolution 1024x768x16x85

Windows NT 4.0 w/Service Pack 6a
Screen Resolution 1024x768x16x85 for Sysmark98
Screen Resolution 1280x1024x32x85 for SPECviewperf and Highend Winstone98

DirectX Version 7.0
Quake 3 Arena Retail Version
command line = +set cd_nocd 1 +set s_initsound 0
Expendable Downloadable Demo Version
command line = -timedemo
Descent III Retail Version

For Business Application Testing I used the well-known BAPCo Sysmark98 under Windows98 as well as WindowsNT and Intel's Business Application Launcher 1.2 under NT only. For 3D gaming I ran the retail-version of Quake 3 Arena , the retail version of Descent 3 , the demo version of Expendable and 3DMark2000 from Workstation-performance under NT was checked out with SPECviewperf 6.1.1 and ZD's Highend Winstone98 . Unfortunatlely Winstone2000 is not available yet and Winstone99 would not run AVS with the latest driver of GeForce.

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  • ognyanz

    REM: About the question "What should we see when testing the different chipsets against each other?"

    Likely, or may be not, who knows.