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The RDRAM Avenger - Intel's i840 Chipset

Benchmark Setup

Intel 440 BX Chipset
MotherboardAsus P3B-F, BIOS 1004, December 6, 1999
Memory512 MB, 4 pieces 128 MB Micron PC133 CAS2
Network3Com 3C905B-TX
Intel 820 Chipset
MotherboardAsus P3C-L, BIOS 1007, December 10, 1999
Memory512 MB, 2 pieces Samsung 256 MB 800 MHz RDRAM
Networkonboard Intel 82559
Intel 840 Chipset
MotherboardIntel OR840
Memory512 MB, 2 pieces Samsung 256 MB 800 MHz RDRAM
Networkonboard Intel 82559
Common Hardware
Hard Drive for all systemsWestern Digital WDAC 418000
Driver Information
NVIDIA GeForce 2564.12.01.0353120 MHz Core, 300 MHz DDR-RAM 32 MB
ATA DriverNT & 98 Ultra ATA BM driver v5.00.038
Environment Settings
OS VersionsWindows 98 SE 4.10.2222 AScreen Resolution 1024x768x16x85Windows NT 4.0 w/Service Pack 6aScreen Resolution 1024x768x16x85 for Sysmark98Screen Resolution 1280x1024x32x85 for SPECviewperf and Highend Winstone98
DirectX Version7.0
Quake 3 ArenaRetail Versioncommand line = +set cd_nocd 1 +set s_initsound 0
ExpendableDownloadable Demo Versioncommand line = -timedemo
Descent IIIRetail Version

For Business Application Testing I used the well-known BAPCo Sysmark98 under Windows98 as well as WindowsNT and Intel's Business Application Launcher 1.2 under NT only. For 3D gaming I ran the retail-version of Quake 3 Arena , the retail version of Descent 3 , the demo version of Expendable and 3DMark2000 from Workstation-performance under NT was checked out with SPECviewperf 6.1.1 and ZD's Highend Winstone98 . Unfortunatlely Winstone2000 is not available yet and Winstone99 would not run AVS with the latest driver of GeForce.

  • ognyanz

    REM: About the question "What should we see when testing the different chipsets against each other?"

    Likely, or may be not, who knows.