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Testing Procedure

VIA Teams Up Pentium 4 With DDR-Memory
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We compared VIA's P4X266 reference platform to our i850 reference board Asus P4T with PC800 RDRAM. The DDR-memory used in the P4X266-board was PC2100 DDR-SDRAM with a CAS latency of 2, which is still difficult to get. It is obvious that the performance of VIA reference board would be lower if we had used the commonly available CL 2.5 DDR-SDRAM DIMMs.

This test was conducted in our European lab, which turned out to be a clear disadvantage, as we were not given by far as much time to test this platform as our US colleagues. A VIA-representative delivered the board to us and stayed with us for a few hours only, in which we had to conclude the whole testing procedure. After our time was up the VIA-group took the board and left us. I strongly protest against this procedure. On that day, the sample board was tested by two other publications in Munich as well, which gives you a good idea how little time we actually had.

Benchmark Setup

Intel
CPU Intel Pentium 4 1500 MHz (100 MHz FSB)
Motherboard ASUS P4T BIOS: 1005 BETA 5
Memory 2x 128 MB RD-RAM (Viking)
VIA
CPU Intel Pentium 4 1500 MHz (100 MHz FSB)
Motherboard VIA Ref. VT5580A
Memory 2x 128 MB DDR-SDRAM CL2 (Micron)
Common Hardware
Graphics Card GeForce 2 Ultra
Memory: 64 MB DDR-SDRAM
Memory clock: 458,2 MHz
Chip clock: 250,0 MHz
Hard Disk 30 GB (IBM 307030)
UDMA100 7200 rpm 2 MB Cache
Drivers and Software
IDE (Intel) Intel Chipset Installation Utility Production Release v2.90.001
IAA Version 3.1.2017.0
AGP (Intel) Intel Ultra ATA Storage Driver Production Release v6.10.011
Chipsatz (VIA) Chipsatz Driver 1.20A
AGP (VIA) AGP Driver 4.05c
IDE (VIA) IDE Driver 3.0.12
Graphics Driver Detonator 4 Serie V12.41
DirectX Version 8.0a
OS Windows 2000 Pro SP2 (Build 2195)
Windows 98 SE, Version 4.10.2222 A
Benchmarks and Settings
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'
3DMark2000 Build 200 (default Benchmark)
3DMark2001 Version 1.1 (default Benchmark)
SiSoft Sandra 2001 SE Pro
Unreal Tournament V4.28 "UTBench"
Aquamark v2.1 DirectX 8, T&L, Pixel & Vertex Shader
Pixel Shader = NO
mpeg4 encoding Flask V0.6
DivX V3.22b
Compression: 100
Data Rate: 1500 kbit
720x576 Pixel, 25 fps
Deinterlace (slow)
HQ Bikubische Filtering
no Audio
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