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440BX Motherboard Review - Summer 1999

Feature Comparison Chart

Common Hardware & Software Settings

Hardware Information
Processor(s)Intel Pentium !!! 550 MHz, Pentium II 300 MHz
Memory128 MB Viking PC100 CAS2
NetworkNetgear FA310TX
Driver Information
Diamond V770 Ultra driverNVIDIA reference drivers 2.08 (Win 98)
Environment Settings
OS VersionWindows 98 SE 4.10.2222 AWindows NT 4.0 Service Pak 5
Quake 3 Arenav1.08command line = +set cd_nocd 1 +set s_initsound 0
Shogov2.14Advanced Settings = disable sound, disable music, disable movies, disable joysticks, enable optimized surfaces, enable triple buffering, enable single-pass multi-texturingHigh Detail Settings = enabled
ExpendableDemo VersionSetup = use Triple BufferingAudio = disable sound
Descent IIIretail versionSettings = -nosound -nomusic -nonetwork -timetest

Performance Test Suite

Even though each of these boards performance is extremely close to one another, this testing is definitely a must. Besides making sure each of these boards are optimized properly, these performance results also provide us with a good idea of the compatibility and stability these motherboards have to offer. Our benchmark test suite includes three passes of Sysmark98, which is run under both Windows 98 (SE) and Windows NT (SP5). The highest achieved score is used for the final result. Sysmark98 runs recorded scripts of 14 different popular business applications and provides us with an idea of performance in a typical office environment. Regarding gaming performance I included results from Quake 3 Arena Test, Shogo and Expendable Demo. Each game was run 5 times and then the highest score achieved was selected. Because the difference in performance is so slight, the numbers are merely just a reassurance that no manufacturer has fouled up their chipset performance settings. Since the benchmarks were run I have included the results for the performance freaks :).