VIA Teams Up Pentium 4 With DDR-Memory

Testing Procedure

We compared VIA's P4X266 reference platform to our i850 reference board Asus P4T with PC800 RDRAM. The DDR-memory used in the P4X266-board was PC2100 DDR-SDRAM with a CAS latency of 2, which is still difficult to get. It is obvious that the performance of VIA reference board would be lower if we had used the commonly available CL 2.5 DDR-SDRAM DIMMs.

This test was conducted in our European lab, which turned out to be a clear disadvantage, as we were not given by far as much time to test this platform as our US colleagues. A VIA-representative delivered the board to us and stayed with us for a few hours only, in which we had to conclude the whole testing procedure. After our time was up the VIA-group took the board and left us. I strongly protest against this procedure. On that day, the sample board was tested by two other publications in Munich as well, which gives you a good idea how little time we actually had.

Benchmark Setup

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CPUIntel Pentium 4 1500 MHz (100 MHz FSB)
MotherboardASUS P4T BIOS: 1005 BETA 5
Memory2x 128 MB RD-RAM (Viking)
CPUIntel Pentium 4 1500 MHz (100 MHz FSB)
MotherboardVIA Ref. VT5580A
Memory2x 128 MB DDR-SDRAM CL2 (Micron)
Common Hardware
Graphics CardGeForce 2 UltraMemory: 64 MB DDR-SDRAMMemory clock: 458,2 MHzChip clock: 250,0 MHz
Hard Disk30 GB (IBM 307030)UDMA100 7200 rpm 2 MB Cache
Drivers and Software
IDE (Intel)Intel Chipset Installation Utility Production Release v2.90.001IAA Version 3.1.2017.0
AGP (Intel)Intel Ultra ATA Storage Driver Production Release v6.10.011
Chipsatz (VIA)Chipsatz Driver 1.20A
AGP (VIA)AGP Driver 4.05c
IDE (VIA)IDE Driver 3.0.12
Graphics DriverDetonator 4 Serie V12.41
DirectX Version8.0a
OSWindows 2000 Pro SP2 (Build 2195)Windows 98 SE, Version 4.10.2222 A
Benchmarks and Settings
Quake III ArenaRetail Version 1.16command line = +set cd_nocd 1 +set s_initsound 0Graphics detail set to 'Normal'Benchmark using 'Q3DEMO1'
3DMark2000Build 200 (default Benchmark)
3DMark2001Version 1.1 (default Benchmark)
SiSoft Sandra 2001SE Pro
Unreal TournamentV4.28 "UTBench"
Aquamarkv2.1 DirectX 8, T&L, Pixel & Vertex ShaderPixel Shader = NO
mpeg4 encodingFlask V0.6DivX V3.22bCompression: 100Data Rate: 1500 kbit720x576 Pixel, 25 fpsDeinterlace (slow)HQ Bikubische Filteringno Audio