Adjusting The AGP-Speed
Adjusting the system so that it would run under different AGP-speeds is a rather difficult task. It varied for almost each platform that I used.
- Athlon-platform with AMD750 Irongate-chipset
AMD750 or 'Irongate' is supposed to offer AGP1x and AGP2x, but you are certainly aware by now that on those systems GeForce is running only at AGP1x by default. There is a switch in the driver however, which enables AGP2x on Irongate. It is an entry into the system registry of Windows 95 or Windows 98:
Setting it to '1' as above results in AGP2x-mode, removing the entry completely resets back to AGP1x. For some reason I could set this entry to '0' and AGP2x would still be running. Please don't forget to restart your system before a change in the registry is taking effect. I'd also like to note that most Irongate-systems will sooner or later hang in 3D-games if you keep AGP2x enabled.
- Athlon-Platform with VIA's Apollo KX133-chipset
It's very nice and easy in case of this chipset, because you can switch between AGP1x, 2x and 4x within the BIOS-setup. For some reason the registry-entries mentioned below don't have any impact on the AGP-speed in case of KX133.
- Pentium III-Platform with Intel's 820 and 840-chipset
There is another registry-entry for the GeForce-driver that impacts on the AGP-speed:
Setting this entry to '4', '2' or '1' will switch between the different AGP-speeds. Somewhere on the web I found somebody proclaiming the setting '256' or hex '100' as a helpful adjustment, and I would like to advise you that this setting does only have one effect, it confuses the GeForce-driver and slows down system-performance tremendously. Again I'd like to mention that you need to restart your system before the setting takes effect and also that this setting doesn't have any influence on KX133-platforms.
|CPU||AMD Athlon 800, Pentium III 800EB|
|KX133 Motherboard||VIA VT5249B1 Reference Board, BIOS date Jan 4, 2000|
|Irongate Motherboard||Gigabyte GA-7IX, BIOS Dec. 1999,Super Bypass enabledThe previously recorded Asus K7M-board without Super Bypass was not used in this test. I apologise for this mistake.|
|Intel 820 Motherboard||Asus P3C-L, BIOS 1012 beta 3|
|Intel 840 Motherboard||Intel OR840, BIOS OR840600.86E.0207.P02.|
|Memory for Athlon boards||128 MB Micron/Crucial Technologies PC133 CAS2|
|Memory for PIII-boards||2 x 64 MB Samsung PC400 RDRAM RIMMs|
|Graphics Card||NVIDIA GeForce256 DDR Reference Board|
|GeForce256||NVIDIA Reference Driver rev. 3.68|
|KX133 Chipset Drivers||VIA 4in1 4.19|
|OS Version||Windows 98 SE 4.10.2222 A|
|Screen Resolution for SPECviewperf||1280x1024x32|
|Refresh Rate for all resolutions||85 Hz|