DDR333 For Athlon: VIA KT333 vs. KT266A

Benchmarks Under Windows 2000

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OpenGL-PerformanceQuake 3 Arena "Demo 1" and "NV15 Demo"
3D-RenderingSPECviewperf Suite
3D-RenderingLightwave 7b
3D-RenderingCinema 4D XL 7
DirectX73D Mark 2000
DirectX83D Mark 2001
Audio-Encoding MP3Lame-MP3-Encoder
Video-Encoding MPEG-2Pinnacle Studio 7
Video-Encoding MPEG-4XMpeg 4.2a and Divx 4.12
Office-PerformanceSysmark 2002
ArchivingWinACE 2.1
Linux Kernel-CompilingSuse Linux 7.3 (Kernel 2.4.13)
SiSoft Sandra 2002 ProCPU and Multimedia Bench

We wanted to avoid the automatic resource management feature integrated in Windows XP, so as in the past, we opted to use Windows 2000 to test this group of chipsets. The only reason for choosing Windows 2000 over Windows XP is that the newer version of Windows optimizes how background applications run. This new feature would have prevented us from obtaining accurate benchmarking results.

We performed a total of 26 different benchmark tests in order to obtain the most complete, well-balanced view of how the new VIA KT333 performs. You can get a clear overall picture from the benchmark results for a total of 9 different platforms, all of them for AMD CPUs. We ran four different Quake 3 tests to determine OpenGL performance. The different MPEG-encoding benchmarks provide a comprehensive testing environment - the Lame MP3 Encoder was used to encode a 178 MB WAV file into MPEG-1 Layer 3 format. Still am established standard, our MPEG-4 test converts a file from a commercial DVD-ROM into MPEG-4 format using Xmpeg 4.2a and the Divx 4.12 codec. We also created an MPEG-2 film using the video-editing software "Pinnacle Studio 7." A regular in our list of benchmarks is determining rendering performance using Newtek's Lightwave (version 7b). We also ran WinACE 4.1 to test file archiving, a standard and practical application in the computing world. Compiling the latest Linux kernel, 2.4.13, has long been a standard benchmark in our repertoire. In order to determine office performance, we used Sysmark 2002 benchmark for the first time. SPECviewperf provides a comprehensive suite of 3D benchmarks.