DDR333 For Athlon: VIA KT333 vs. KT266A

MP3-Audio-Encoding: Lame MP3

The Lame MP3 Encoder under Windows 2000 was used to convert a 178 MB sound file from a WAV format to the MPEG-1 Layer 3 format. The diagram clearly shows that the VIA KT133A chipset takes last place. Nvidia nForce is the leader of the pack, just slightly ahead of the VIA KT333 boards, and it shows the advantage to having dual-channel DDR SDRAM. All boards with the KT333 chipset are indicated by the red bars.

MPEG 4 Video Encoding: Xmpeg 4.2a And Divx 4.12

Again, the Nvidia nForce is able to take the lead, thanks to its dual-channel technology. Following on its heels are the boards with the KT333 chipset and DDR333 memory. Boards with the AMD 760 as well as the VIA KT266 chipset are left completely in the dust. The VIA KT133A brings up the rear - it performs more than 20% slower than the nForce.