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The SiS, VIA and Intel Showdown at the Performance Chipset Corral

Test System

Test System
ProcessorIntel Pentium 4, 3.2 GHz, FSB800512 kB L2 Cache
MotherboardIntel 875P :Asus P4C800-EIntel 865PE :Asus P4P800P>SiS 655FX :Engineering SampleSiS 655TX :Gigabyte GA-8S655TX UltraVIA PT880 :MSI PT880 Neo aka MS-7008
RAM2x 256 MB DDR/PC3200, CL 2.0, Corsair TwinX
Graphics CardnVIDIA GeForceFX 5900, 128 MB
Network Card3COM 905TX PCI 100 MBit/s
OSWindows XP Pro 5.10.2600Service Pack 1, pre-SP2 patches as to November 3
Benchmarks & Tests
Quake III ArenaPatch V1.16 640x480 - 16 bit / 1024 x 768 - 32 bit Timedemo1 / demo demo001 / nv15demo command line = +set cd_nocd 1 +set s_initsound 0 Graphics detail = Normal
Gunmetal BenchmarkBenchmark 1
3DMark 2003Version 3.2.0 Graphics and CPU Default Benchmark 1024 x 786 - 32 bit
PCMark 2002 Pro PackBuild 101 CPU and RAM Tests
Mp3 EncodingLame 3.92
SiSoftware Sandra Standard 2003 SP1Version 2003.3.9.44 CPU MultiMedia / CPU Arithmetic RAM Bandwidth Benchmark
Newtek LightwaveVersion 7.5 - Build 572Render First Frame = 1Render Last Frame = 60Render Frame Step = 1Rendering Bench"SKULL_HEAD_NEWEST.LWS"Show Rendering in Progress = 320x240Ray Trace Shadows, ReflectionRefraction, Transparency = onMultithreading = 8 Threads
Unreal Tournament 2003Version 2206system/benchmark.exe1024 x 768 / 32 bit / Audio = offTexture Detail = NormalCharacter Detail = NormalWorld Detail = HighestPhysics Detail = Highall = on, Decal Stay = High
Xmpeg 4.5AMD : Optimized MMX iDCTIntel : Optimized SEE2 iDCTWinRARVersion 3.2178 MB Wave file, Compression = BestDictionary = 4096 kB
Comanche 4 Demo1024 x 768 / 32 bit / Audio = off
Discreet3D Studio Max 5.1Characters "Dragon_Charater_rig"Rendering Single, 1024x768
SPEC viewperfVersion : 7.11280x1024x32 Bit
Splinter CellVersion 1.2b2_2_1_KalinatekDemo1024x786 32 Bit / no soundShdow resolution
Drivers & Software
Graphic DriverNVIDIA reference driver 45.23
DriversIntel :Intel INF-Update 5.02.1003VIA :VIA Hyperion 4in1 4.49vSiSAGP 1.16a, IDE 2.04
DirectX-Version9.0b
Resolution1024x768, 32 Bit, 85 Hz Refresh