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DDR333 for P4: 16 Boards with Intel 845G - Part I

Test Setup And Details

Hardware
ProcessorIntel Pentium 4 2.5 GHz (2533/133 MHz)
Memory 12 x 256 MB, RDRAM, Kingston533 MHz, 32 ns, PC 1066
Memory 21 x 512 MB DDR-SDRAM, Winbond5 ns, 166 MHz, CL2.0, PC 2700
Hard Disk40 GB, ATA100, 7200 rpm, 5T040H4, Maxtor
Graphics Card 1MSI GeForce 4 Ti 4600Memory: 128 MB DDR-SDRAM (128 Bit)Memory Clock: 650 MHzChip Clock: 300 MHz
Graphics Card 2Crative GeForce 2 MX 200Memory: 32 MB DDR-SDRAM (64 Bit)Memory Clock: 143 MHzChip Clock: 175 MHz
Graphics Card 3MSI GeForce 2 MX 400 (MS-8833)Memory: 32 MB DDR-SDRAM (64 Bit)Memory Clock: 183 MHzChip Clock: 200 MHz
Motherboards
Intel 850 EGigabyte GA-8IHXP
Intel 845 EAsus P4B533-E
Drivers & Software
Chipset DriverV4.00.1009Application Accelerator V2.20
Intel Graphics DriverV6.13.01.3091
Graphics DriverDetonator 4 Series V28.32
DirectX Version8.1 (English)
Operating SystemWindows 2000 SP 2, Build 2195 (English)
Benchmarks & Settings
Quake III ArenaRetail Version 1.16command line = +set cd_nocd 1 +set s_initsound 0Graphics detail set to 'Normal', 640x480x16Benchmark using 'Q3DEMO1'
ViewPerfVersion 71280x1024x16x85
mpeg4 encodingXmpeg 4.5 + DivX 5.02 ProCompression/quality: FastestData Rate: 780 kBitFormat: 720x576 Pixel@25 fps150 MB VOB file, no Audio
WinACEV2.11, 178 MB Wave file, Best Compression,Dictionary: 4096 kB
SiSoft Sandra 2002Professional Version 2002.1.8.59
Cinema 4D XL R7Version V7.303 Rendering: 1024x768
PCMark2002 Proonly CPU and Memory Bench
LameLame 3.92 MMX, SSE, SSE 2, 3DNow!
mp3 maker PlatiniumMagix Version: 3.03

Benchmarks Under Windows 2000

OpenGL PerformanceQuake 3 Arena "Demo 1" and "NV15 Demo"
3D RenderingSPECviewperf Suite 7.0Cinema 4D XL 7
DirectX8 Games3D Mark 2001Comanche 4
MP3 Audio EncodingLame MP3 Encoder 3.92mp3 Maker Platinum
MPEG-4 Video EncodingXMpeg 4.5a and Divx Pro 5.02
ArchivingWinACE 2.1
CPU and Multimedia BenchSiSoft Sandra 2001PC Mark 2002

We wanted to avoid the automatic resource management feature integrated in Windows XP, so as in the past, we opted to use Windows 2000 to test these motherboards. The only reason for choosing Windows 2000 over Windows XP is that the newer version of Windows optimizes how background applications run. This new feature would have prevented us from obtaining accurate benchmarking results.

We performed a total of 25 different benchmark tests in order to obtain the most complete, well-balanced view of how the Intel 845G chipset performs. Four different Quake 3 tests were used to determine OpenGL performance. The different MPEG-encoding benchmarks provide a comprehensive testing environment - mp3 Maker Platinum and Lame MP3 Encoder were used to encode a 178 MB WAV file into "MPEG-1 Layer 3 format." Still a classic, our MPEG-4 test converts a file from a commercial DVD-ROM into MPEG-4 format using Xmpeg 4.5 and the DivX 5.01 codec. A regular in our list of benchmarks is determining rendering performance using Cinema 4D XL version 7.303. We also ran WinACE Packer 2.11 to test how well the CPU performs when archiving files, a common application in the computing world. PC Mark 2002 is used to analyze the performance of the CPU and memory. The new SPECviewperf version 7 offers an extensive suite of 3D benchmarks. The Sysmark 2002 benchmark was used to determine office performance. DirectX 8 gaming performance was tested using 3D Mark 2001 and Comanche 4. The synthetic benchmark SiSoft Sandra Pro 2002 was also used.