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First Look At Brookdale - Intel's Upcoming 845 Chipset

Expectations

Nobody will be surprised if i845 plus PC133 won't be able to reach the scores of i850 plus RDRAM. The question however is, how much of a performance decrease we will actually see. Applications that rely on high memory bandwidth will suffer, while applications that require short latencies might not perform much worse than on i850.

I also threw my recent Tualatin-results into the equation to see if Pentium 4 plus i845 and PC133 SDRAM is still faster than Pentium III Tualatin. If the latter should not be the case it is very difficult to see a major sense behind the existence of i845/PC133.

Test Setup

Pentium 4 i845 System
MotherboardNot disclosed
Memory256 MB Wichmann WorkX PC133 SDRAM 2-2-2-5/7
Pentium 4 System
MotherboardAsus P4T, BIOS 1005 beta 1
Memory256 MB Samsung PC800 RDRAM
Athlon 266 MHz FSB System
MotherboardMSI K7 Master MS-6341, BIOS 1.1
Memory256 MB Infineon PC2100 DDR SDRAM 8-8-5-2-2-2-2
Pentium III System
MotherboardMSI 815 EPT Pro, BIOS rev. 1.0
Memory256 MB PC150 SDRAM
Other System Components
Hard DriveIBM DTLA-307030, 7200 RPM, ATA100
Graphics CardNVIDIA GeForce2 Ultra, Driver 12.40
Operating SystemsMicrosoft Windows 98 SEMicrosoft Windows 2000 Professional Service Pack 2
Screen Resolution1024x768x16x851280x1024x32x85 for SPECviewperf 6.1.2