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

Office Applications In Detail

Corel Draw doesn't make that much of a difference between the different configurations, but it preferres i840 with its high bandwidth and reasonable latency and 440BX with its very low latency, but low bandwidth. In this comparison VIA's Apollo Pro 133 A does not look exactly great. It scores worse than anything else.

Elastic Reality is a video editing software that seems to like high memory bandwidth, which is why i840 is the clear winner. However, i840 with PC600 and i820 with any kind of RDRAM are scoring just as good or bad as 440BX or Apollo Pro 133A. Therefore the memory latency plays an important role too. The RDRAM-solutions with single Rambus-channel as in i820 are clearly losing out against PC133 SDRAM here, but i840 with PC800 RDRAM is just about saving RDRAM's honor. This is also the first benchmark where i820 with PC100 SDRAM and the MTH is scoring significantly better than i820 with PC600 RDRAM. This cannot be explained by the memory bandwidth, because those two configurations are identical in this respect. However, MTH plus PC100 SDRAM runs at a 400 MHz Rambus-channel and has therefore a lower latency than the PC600 RDRAM running at a 266 MHz Rambus-channel. It is rather obvious that RDRAM is not looking exactly superior here.