AMD's Athlon 64 Has Arrived: the Athlon 64 FX and Athlon 64 (and Intel's P4 Extreme)

Asus P4C800-E Deluxe: Board Revision 1.02, BIOS 1011 Beta 006

Basis for the P4 platform : Asus P4C800-E Asus A7N8X Deluxe : Board Revision 2.00, BIOS 1006 Final

Basis for the Athlon platform : Asus A7N8X

All Athlon XP processors were tested on the NForce 2 Ultra platform (Asus A7N8X). The two new DDR433 memories (Corsair XMS3500, CL2) were used. However, some demerits had to be awarded : Extremely aggressive memory timing (CL2.0-2-2-5) was only possible at an FSB speed of 166 MHz. At an FSB speed of 200 MHz the aggressive timing had to be corrected to CL2.0-3-3-6.

The platform (original from AMD) initially required adjustments for the AMD Athlon 64 FX-51 : The Asus SK8N was supplied with the 1001 Beta BIOS version, but the CPU was not recognized on system start-up. After a BIOS update to version 1003 Beta 001 the memory performance slumped from 5.65 GB/s to 5.5 GB/s - but the Athlon 64 FX was recognized correctly. There were also shortcomings : As there was no jumper on the board to delete the CMOS chip, we had to add this. Later, because of the performance losses, we received a third version of the SK8N complete with special BIOS from NVIDIA. In comparison to the two other examples, the board was equipped with a CMOS jumper, and the problems with bootup did not occur anymore. However, performance was still below expectations. Even manual short-circuiting of the CMOS reset brought surprises : it smelled like an electrical fire. We did a BIOS update with the appropriate flash tool (Asusupdate) on the Internet - with the result that the board stopped during bootup. A BIOS update with special parameters in DOS helped here. The network function is still not active. The memory with 1 GB was manufactured with two 512 MB modules (DDR400, registered). The timings stood at CL2.5-3-3-6 with increased voltage of 2.7 volts.

  1. A New World Order: The Athlon 64 FX And Athlon 64 Vs. The P4 Extreme
  2. A New World Order: The Athlon 64 FX And Athlon 64 Vs. The P4 Extreme, Continued
  3. A New World Order: The Athlon 64 FX And Athlon 64 Vs. The P4 Extreme, Continued
  4. Four Different CPUs With One Design
  5. Four Different CPUs With One Design, Continued
  6. Chipsets & Mainboards: Socket 754 Vs. Socket 940
  7. Chipsets & Mainboards: Socket 754 Vs. Socket 940, Continued
  8. Video 10 To Download: Athlon 64 FX-51 Vs. Athlon 64 Vs. P4 3.2 Extreme
  9. Athlon XP-64 Core: 95 Percent Athlon
  10. Athlon XP-64 Core: 95 Percent Athlon, Continued
  11. HyperTransport: A High-speed Bus Without Detours
  12. Socket 462 Gets Replaced: Sockets 745 And 940/939
  13. Fab30 Dresden Yield: 73 Athlon 64 CPUs Per Wafer!
  14. All AMD And Intel Processors At A Glance
  15. Rough Going - Hardware In The Test Panel
  16. Asus P4C800-E Deluxe: Board Revision 1.02, BIOS 1011 Beta 006
  17. Asus SK8N: Board Revision 1.03, BIOS 1003 Beta 003 (NVIDIA Settings)
  18. MSI MS-9130: Board Revision 1.0, BIOS 1.0BD
  19. General Hardware: Now More Hard Drive Performance
  20. AMD Test Platforms At A Glance
  21. Test Configuration And Special Features
  22. Sysmark 2002: Why Use Obsolete Applications?
  23. Benchmarks Under Windows XP - UPDATED
  24. SPECviewperf 7.1
  25. OpenGL Games: Serious Sam
  26. OpenGL Games: Wolfenstein Enemy Territory
  27. Synthetic: 3D Mark 2001 SE
  28. Games: Comanche 4
  29. Games: Unreal Tournament 2003
  30. Games: Splinter Cell
  31. Games: Warcraft III - The Frozen Throne
  32. Synthetic: 3D Mark 2003
  33. Game: X2 - The Threat Rolling
  34. Game: Gun Metal
  35. Games: AquaMark3
  36. MPEG Encoding: Main Concept MPEG Encoder
  37. MPEG-Encoding: Pinnacle Studio 8.8
  38. MPEG-Encoding: Xmpeg & Divx 5.1 Pro
  39. MPEG-Encoding: Windows Media Encoder 9
  40. MPEG-Encoding: MS Movie Maker 2
  41. Magix MP3 Maker 2004 Diamond
  42. Lame MP3 Encoder
  43. Steinberg Nuendo 2
  44. Sysmark 2002
  45. Winrar 3.2
  46. Newtek Lightwave 7.5
  47. Cinema 4D XL 8.1
  48. Seti@home 3.03
  49. 3D Studio Max 5.1
  50. Mathematica 5
  51. PC Mark 2002 Pro
  52. SiSoft Sandra Max 3
  53. Heat Protection: Now From AMD, Too
  54. Summary: The P4 3.2 EE Wins 32 Times, The Athlon 64 FX-51 15 Times - An Uncertain 64 Bit Future For AMD
  55. Summary: An Uncertain 64 Bit Future For AMD, Continued
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