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Intel Goes DDR - Do We Really Care?

Test Setup: VIA Vs. Intel Vs. SiS

Hardware
CPUIntel Pentium 4/2000 MHz (400 MHz QDR FSB), Sockel 478
Motherboards
VIA P4X266AVIA P4XB reference board Revision: NABios: P4XBS09p Datum: Nov 15, 2001
VIA P4X266Shuttle AV40V12 Revision: 1.2Bios: AV40902E Date: Sep 5, 20001
Intel 850ASUS P4T-E Revision: 1.00Bios:1005 BETA 002 Date: Dec 11, 2001
Intel 845MSI 845 Pro 2 Revision: NABios: 1.0B7 Date: Aug 03, 2001
Intel 845DASUS P4B266 Revision: 2.01Bios: 1003 Date: Dec 6, 2001
SIS 645SIS SS51A reference boardBios: 645p14k9 Date: Sep 19, 2001
Memory
DDR266 Memory256 MB, DDR266 PC2100 SDRAM CL2.0, Micron
RDRAM Memory2 x 128 MB PC800 RDRAM, Viking
DDR333 Memory256 MB DDR333 SDRAM CL2, Kingmax MPLB62D-68KX3
PC133 Memory256 MB PC133 SDRAM CL2, Wichman WorkX
Common Hardware
Graphics CardGeForce 3Memory: 64 MB DDR-SDRAMMemory clock: 400 MHzChip clock: 250 MHz
Hard Disk40 GB, 5T040H4, MaxtorUDMA100 7200 rpm, 2 MB Cache
Drivers & Software
Chipset driver (Intel)3.20.1008
Chipset driver (VIA)4in1 - V4.35
Graphics driverDetonator 4 Series V23.10
DirectX Version8.1
OSWindows XP, Build 2600
Benchmarks and Settings
Quake III ArenaRetail Version 1.16command line = +set cd_nocd 1 +set s_initsound 0Graphics detail set to 'Normal'Benchmark using 'Q3DEMO1'
SiSoft Sandra 2001Professional Version 2001.3.7.50
Newtek LightwaveRendering Bench SKULL_HEAD_NEWEST.LWS
mpeg4 encodingFlask X4.2ADivX-Codec 4.11Compression: 100Data Rate: 1500 kBitFormat: 720x480 Pixel@25 fpsno Audio
Studio 7Version 7.07.1 (MPEG 2)
Sysmark 2001Patch 3
LameLame 3.89 MMX, SSE, SSE 2, 3DNow
WinACE2.04, 178 MB Wave-Datei, best compression, Dictonary 4096 kB
Suse Linux 7.3Kernel 2.4.13 Compiling

Six systems were all put through our benchmarking ordeal. All DDR platforms use PC266 DDR memory with CL2. The Asus P4X266 uses the VIA chipset, P4B266 the new i845D. The SiS S551A reference board with the SiS645 is a special exception. Its highlight is the option to use DDR333 (PC2700) memory (clocked at 166 MHz double-pumped). The oldest candidate is Intel's 850 chipset (on the Asus P4T-E). Taillight is the i845 with SDRAM support. Here we used the 845 Pro 2 from MSI.