The Test System
We decided to overclock by 10-15% again, since this seems to be a slew which most components should tolerate. Our basic system is now running at 133 MHz FSB by default. Again there is the question whether to use a system based on i820 and RDRAM, or a platform using VIA's Apollo Pro 133A chipset. In my eyes Rambus systems are not particularly suited for overclocking due to the memory issue. i820 can only be faster using PC800 RDRAM, whose actual pricing is as high as low end computers. People who want to spend more money on their memory than others would spend for a CPU usually don't need to overclock their system.
VIA's Apollo Pro 133A chipset is a platform which is affordable and which should be quite widespread very soon.
|CPU||Intel Pentium III|
|Motherboard||Asus P3V4X, Rev. 1.02BIOS 1003VIA 4in1 Drivers 4.17|
|RAM||128 MB PC133 SDRAM, 7ns (Crucial/Micron) CL2|
|Hard Disk||Seagate Barracuda ATA ST320430A,20 GBytes, 7200 rpm|
|Graphics Card||Asus V6600, nVIDIA GeForce 25632 MByte SDRAMnVIDIA Drivers 5.08 for Windows 98 and Ver. 3.68 for Windows NT|
|Operating Systems||Windows 98 SE 4.10.2222 AWindows NT 4.0 SP6a|
|Benchmarks and Setup|
|Office Applications Benchmark||BAPCo SYSmark2000|
|OpenGL Game Benchmark||Quake III ArenaRetail Versioncommand line = +set cd_nocd 1 +set s_initsound 0Graphics detail set to 'Normal', 640x480x16Benchmark using 'Q3DEMO1'|
|Direct3D Game Benchmark||ExpendableDownloadable Demo Versioncommand line = -timedemo640x480x16|
|Screen Resolutions||1024x768x85, 16 Bit|