Professional Affair: OpenGL Graphics Cards Compete

The Test Platforms

We tested all cards on two 800 MHz platforms. One was based on Intel's workstation board OR840 that we equipped with 384 MByte PC800 RDRAM. The processor was a Coppermine Pentium III 800EB. The Intel chipset i840 supports two Rambus channels, allowing doubling the maximum bandwidth to 2 x 1.6 GByte/s.

Alternatively we tested on the much cheaper Athlon 800 platform with 384 MByte PC133 SDRAM. We used the Asus K7V with KX133 chipset from VIA as motherboard. The maximum SDRAM memory bandwidth is 1.1 GByte/s.

Pentium III Platform
Processor Intel Pentium III 800EB
L2-Cache Speed 800 MHz
Front Side Bus 133 MHz Single Data Rate
Motherboard Intel OR840, Special unreleased BIOS
Main Memory Samsung PC800 RDRAM 384 MByte
(max. 1,6 GByte/s)
Athlon Platform
Prozessor AMD Athlon 800 A
L2-Cache Speed 320 MHz
Front Side Bus 100 MHz Double Data Rate
Motherboard Asus K7V, VIA KX133 Chipsatz, Rev. 1.01, BIOS 1004.03
Main Memory Wichmann Workx PC133 SDRAM 384 MB CL2
(max. 1,1 GByte/s)
Other Components
Network 3COM 3C905B-TX
Hard Disc Seagate Barracuda ATA ST320430A
KX133 Drivers under NT 4 VIA 4in1 v4.20 (HDD Busmastering only)
i840 Drivers under NT4 NT4 Standard Drivers (HDD Busmastering)
Oxygen GVX1 3Dlabs
Oxygen GVX210 3Dlabs
FireGL 1 Pro Diamond 4.00.1381.1090
Lightning 1200 E&S v3.0LG-B1102
Gloria II Elsa, Elsa, Nvidia Detonator 5.13
Software and Settings
OS Windows NT4 Sevice Pack 6a 4.00.1381
Resolutions 1280x1024x32x85 for all OpenGL tests
3D Studio Max Revision 3.1
R3 Benchmark
Solidworks 99 SP4 Build 292
SPECapc SW99 Benchmark
Viewperf Version 6.1.1
Glaze 3D Standard Benchmark