Page 1:The nForce3 250 Gb Passes The Athlon64 Performance Jump Hurdle
Page 2:Socket 754 Vs. Socket 939
Page 3:NVIDIA nForce3 250 Gb In Detail
Page 4:Gigabit Ethernet
Page 5:Firewall - What Is That, Exactly?
Page 6:NVIDIA Firewall - Security For Everyone
Page 7:NVIDIA Firewall, Continued
Page 8:Test Board: MSI K8N Neo, Aka MS-7030
Page 9:MSI K8N Neo Platinum, Aka MS-7030, Continued
Page 10:The Competitors
Page 11:SiS 755 / 755 FX
Page 12:VIA K8T800 / K8T800 Pro
Page 13:Athlon64 Chipsets Compared
Page 14:On AMD Fans' Wish List: CL2.0-2-2-5
Page 15:Benchmark Results
Page 16:SPECviewperf 7.1.1, Continued
Page 17:DirectX 8
Page 18:DirectX 9
Page 19:Video Benchmarks
Page 20:Auto Gordian Knot 1.12
Page 21:Windows Media Encoder 9
Page 22:Application Benchmarks
Page 23:Discreet 3DStudio MAX 6.0
Page 24:SiSoft Sandra 2004 Pro
Page 25:Network Performance
Performance-wise, NVIDIA has caught up with its competitors - but that's about it. The fine-tuning of the memory controller is gone, because in the 64 bit Athlons, this function is incorporated in the processor core. But why do the results fluctuate so much?
Two factors should be taken into account: On one hand, the nForce3 150 lags behind because of its slow HyperTransport. The VIA system, in turn, suffers from the fact that all three of the other test systems get a head start with a speed advantage of 9 MHz.
Because most mobo makers today overclock their systems by 0.5 MHz to 1.0 MHz, which results in slightly higher processor speed, a chipset to chipset comparison like this one is in some ways unfair.
A nasty matter, especially because technically there is no problem with reaching exactly 2.0 GHz, but almost everyone these days seems to be just as brash. What remains are the differences based on the chipset architecture and the precision work of the developers.
Taking this into account, the nForce3 250 Gb emerges as the victor with a narrow edge, closely followed by SiS 755 and VIA K8T800. However, the victory of the NVIDIA chip is hardly attributable to its performance. It dominated in only 18 out of 30 benchmarks. Its value add is largely derived from its Gigabit network controller and hardware firewall.
However, we also see the problems that the Joe Blow user will feel, who might be overwhelmed by the number of options and will end up limiting Internet access by, for example, selecting an unsuitable security profile or not taking full advantage of the firewall's features. Thus, we see the NVIDIA firewall as a worthwhile addition for business customers and fans. For the home user, however, security on the Net will still be associated with cost - regardless of whether a software or a hardware solution is used.
However, NVIDIA's upwardly mobile design improvements are now apparent, as made unmistakably clear by the new GeForce 6800 Ultra. In a few weeks a test will show whether or not the narrow performance advantage of the nForce3 250 Gb in socket 939 can be expanded.
- The nForce3 250 Gb Passes The Athlon64 Performance Jump Hurdle
- Socket 754 Vs. Socket 939
- NVIDIA nForce3 250 Gb In Detail
- Gigabit Ethernet
- Firewall - What Is That, Exactly?
- NVIDIA Firewall - Security For Everyone
- NVIDIA Firewall, Continued
- Test Board: MSI K8N Neo, Aka MS-7030
- MSI K8N Neo Platinum, Aka MS-7030, Continued
- The Competitors
- SiS 755 / 755 FX
- VIA K8T800 / K8T800 Pro
- Athlon64 Chipsets Compared
- On AMD Fans' Wish List: CL2.0-2-2-5
- Benchmark Results
- SPECviewperf 7.1.1, Continued
- DirectX 8
- DirectX 9
- Video Benchmarks
- Auto Gordian Knot 1.12
- Windows Media Encoder 9
- Application Benchmarks
- Discreet 3DStudio MAX 6.0
- SiSoft Sandra 2004 Pro
- Network Performance