Performance Showdown at 133 MHz FSB - The best Platform for Coppermine

The Testbed

First of all I would like to apologize that we did not use Windows NT. This OS has just become obsolete for reviewers, although I appreciate that many are still using it. Windows2000 on the other hand is very young and the support for it isn't quite that mature yet. Thus I decided to focus on Windows98-testing, which should anyway give reliable performance data that can be transferred over to WinNT and Win2k.

Our test-suite consisted of the new BAPCo Sysmark2000 for office application performance evaluation, the two OpenGL-games Quake 2 and Quake 3 Arena, two 3D-games running under Direct3D, Expendable and Unreal Tournament and finally some OpenGL workstation stuff tested with SPECviewperf. The test 3D-card was a GeForce DDR reference board as usual.

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Platform Information
VIA Apollo Pro 133A Chipset
MotherboardAsus P3V4X, ACPI BIOS 1002 beta 02, February 2000
Memory128 MB, Micron PC133 CAS2
Network3Com 3C905B-TX
Intel 820 Chipset
MotherboardAsus P3C-L, ACPI BIOS 1020 beta 03, February 2000
RDRAM Memory128 MB, Samsung PC800 DIMM
SDRAM Memory128 MB, Micron PC133 CAS2 on Asus DIMM RiserII card with integrated MTH i82805A
Networkonboard Intel 82559
Processor for all systemsIntel Pentium III 800/133
Hard Drive for all systemsSeagate Barracuda ATA ST320430A
Driver Information
NVIDIA GeForce 2564.12.01.0368, 'fast writes' disabled to improve performance120 MHz Core, 300 MHz DDR-RAM 32 MB
ATA DriverVIA Bus Master Driver 2.1.47 (4in1 4.20)Intel Ultra ATA BM driver v5.00.038
Environment Settings
OS VersionsWindows 98 SE 4.10.2222 AScreen Resolution 1024x768x16x85Screen Resolution 1280x1024x32x85 for SPECviewperf
DirectX Version7.0
Quake 2Version 3.20command line = +set cd_nocd 1 +set s_initsound 0Crusher demo, 640x480x16
Quake 3 ArenaRetail Versioncommand line = +set cd_nocd 1 +set s_initsound 0Graphics detail set to 'Normal', 640x480x16Benchmark using 'Q3DEMO1'
ExpendableDownloadable Demo Versioncommand line = -timedemo640x480x16
Unreal TournamentVer. 4.05b, high quality textures, medium quality skins, no tweaks640x480x16Benchmark using 'UTBench'.