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nForce2 Dethroned? VIA's KT400A Chipset Reviewed

Test Setup

Hardware
ProcessorAMD Athlon XP 2200+ (1.8 GHz)Thoroughbred-B core
RAM2x 256 MB Corsair Micro DDR400, CL2
Hard DriveIBM IC35 series, 40 GB, 7.200 rpm
Graphics CardMSI MS-8900 (GeForce 4 Ti4600), 128 MB
Network Card3COM 3C905TX-B
Drivers & Software
Chipset DriverNVIDIA driver package ver. 2.03 :Audio driver 3.17 (WHQL)Audio utilities 3.17Network driver 3.13 (WHQL)GART driver 2.78 (WHQL)SMBus driver 2.75 (WHQL)Memory controller driver 2.75 (WHQL)Display Drivers 41.13 (WHQL)VIA Hyperion 4in1 ver. 4.46
Graphics DriverDetonator 4 series ver. 43.45
DirectX Version9.0A
OSWindows 2000 Professional SP3
Benchmarks
Quake III ArenaBenchmark using ’DEMO001’ 640x480x16
Comanche 4Demo Version Benchmark 640x480x16
3DMark 2001 SEdefault settings 1024x768x32
SYSmark 2002Internet Content CreationOffice Application Performance
LameLame 3.89
Unreal Tournament 2003Demo Version Benchmark 640x480
Newtek Lightwave 7.5Benchmark-Scene Skull_Head
SPECviewperfVersion 7.1 1280x1024x32x85
Synthetic BenchmarksPCMark 2002SiSoft Sandra 2003 Pro