In this edition I refrained from adding any other component to the Power Box, such as a sound card, DVD-ROM, CD/RW and more, because the benchmarks in this first Power Box article would not benefit from it.
To give you some kind of idea of the performance of the Power Box, I compared it to two top-notch systems that are available right now. The first is a system equipped with Intel's Pentium 4 1.5 GHz processor, Asus P4T i850 motherboard, 256 MB PC800 RDRAM and a GeForce2 Ultra graphics card. The other system comes with AMD's Athlon 'C' 1.2 GHz, Asus A7M266 AMD760 motherboard, 256 MB PC2100 CL2 DDR-SDRAM and also a GeForce2 Ultra graphics card.
You will see that the second half of this article is a feast for benchmark addicts. I ran as many benchmarks as I could think of to compare the three systems. You will see that the Power Box is as good as unchallenged.
|System||Power Box||Pentium 4 System||Athlon DDR System|
|Processor||Athlon 'C' 1.6 GHz||Pentium 4 1.5 GHz||Athlon 'C' 1.2 GHz|
|Motherboard||MSI MS-6341||Asus P4T||Asus A7M266|
|Memory||256 MB Micron/Crucial PC2100 DDR-SDRAM||256 MB Samsung PC800 RDRAM||256 MB Micron/Crucial PC2100 DDR-SDRAM|
|Graphics Card||NVIDIA GeForce 2 Ultra Reference Card64 MB, Driver 6.67 (Win98/Win2k)|
|Hard Drive||IBM DTLA-307075, 75 GB, 7200 RPMATA100, FAT32 Win98, NTFS Win2k|
|Desktop Resolution for BAPCo's Sysmark 2000 and Webmark2001||1024x768x16x85|
|Quake 3 Arena||Retail Versionno sound|
|Unreal Tournament||Version 4.28 (patched)no sound|
|MDK2||Downloadable Demo VersionT&L = On, trilinear filtering, high texture detail|
|Evolva||Rolling Demo v1.2 Build 944Standard command line = -benchmarkBump Mapped command line = -benchmark -dotbump|
|Mercedes Benz Truck Racing||Recommended GeForce2 Settings|
|Expendable||Downloadable Demo Versioncommand line = -timedemo|
|3d Mark 2000||Build 335, Default Benchmark|
|SiSoft Sandra Standard||Version 2000.3.6.4|
|Desktop Resolution for SPECviewperf 6.1.2||1280x1024x32x85|
|FlasK Settings||Video Codec: DivX 3.11 alpha, Fast-Motion, keyframe every 10 seconds, compression 100, data rate 910 kbpsAudio Codec: audio not processedVideo Resolution: 720x480, 29.97 fps, interlacedResizing: Nearest Neighbor|