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VIA's K8T800 Pro Bumps up HyperTransport Speed, But Lacks Punch

Test System

For our test of the K8T800 Pro, VIA sent us a reference board based on Socket 940.

AMD Processors (Socket 940)
200 MHz FSB (DUAL DDR400)Athlon FX-53 (2400 MHz 128/1024 kB)
Memory
Dual-DDR4002 x 512 MBMushkin PC3200 ECC Registered High PerformanceCL 2.0-3-2-6
Motherboard
AMD Athlon 64 FX Platform(Socket 940)VIA 5796B Rev: unknowVIA K8T800 Pro ChipsetBIOS: 82c-per0 (04/13/2004)VIA VT6122 Gigabit Ethernet Controller
Common Hardware
Sound CardTerratec Aureon 7.1 Space96.00 kHz sample rate
Graphics CardAsus A9800XT/TVD, Rev. 1.01GPU: ATI Radeon 9800XT, 412 MHz Chip ClockMemory: 256 MB DDR-SDRAM, 365 MHz Chip Clock
Hard Drive (AMD System)FastTrak S150 TX2plus (Bios: 1.00.0.30)2 x SATA Maxtor 6Y080M0 (RAID 0)80 GB / 8 MB Cache / 7200 rpm
DVD/CD-ROMMSI MS-8216 16x DVD
Software
Graphics DriverATI Catalyst 7.97
Chipset DriverVIA Hyperion 4in1, Ver. 4.51
DirectX9.0b
OSWindows XP Professional, Build 2600Service Pack 1

Benchmarks And Settings

OpenGL
SPEC viewperfVersion 7.1.11280x1024 32 Bit
DirectX 8
Unreal Tournament 2003Version: 22061024 x 768 / 32 bit / Audio = offsystem/benchmark.exeTexture Detail = NormalCharacter Detail = NormalWorld Detail = HighestPhysics Detail = Highall = on, Decal Stay = High
DirectX 9a
3DMark 2003Version 3.4.01024 x 786 - 32 bitGraphics and CPU Default Benchmark
X2-The ThreatVersion 1.01024x768x32(X8R8G8B8)Demo - bechmarkGraphic Settings: all off
AquaMark3Version: 3.01024 x 768 - 32 bitAudio = offAdvanced MeasurementAntialiasing mode: offAnisotropy: offLevel Detail: very low
Synthetic
PCMark 2004 ProVersion: 1.1.0CPU and Memory Tests
SiSoftware Sandra 2004Version 2004.10.9.89CPU Test = MultiMedia / CPU ArithmeticMemory Test = Bandwidth Benchmark