Showdown at 133 MHz FSB - Part 2, The Real McCoy

Professional OpenGL Software, Continued

The story becomes a bit less difficult with Data Explorer. This benchmark is obviously favoring high data bandwidth, which is why RDRAM-solutions score very well. Still low memory latency must be a big issue too, because otherwise BX133 with its little 1 GB/s data bandwidth could hardly have made it second. Again VIA's Apollo Pro 133A scores rather badly, only explainable by its high chipset latency.

The very last benchmark is the only one that takes real advantage of AGP4x. In almost all other tests BX133 was amongst the first three, but this Pro Engineer simulation is almost putting BX onto the last place. The ProCDRS benchmark needs AGP4X really badly, because it is using a huge amount of triangles. AGP4X needs high memory bandwidth to work properly, which is why i840 scores best. Again VIA's Apollo Pro 133A cannot really impress anyone, but for once it scores better than the good old BX-chipset.