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Spring Speed Leap: AMD Athlon64 FX-53

Test System

AMD Processors (Socket A)
200 MHz FSB (Dual-DDR400)Athlon XP 3200+ (2200 MHz 128/512 kB)Athlon XP 3000+ (2100 MHz 128/512 kB)
166 MHz FSB (Dual-DDR333)Athlon XP 3000+ (2166 MHz 128/512 kB)Athlon XP 2800+ (2083 MHz 128/512 kB)Athlon XP 2700+ (2166 MHz 128/256 kB)Athlon XP 2600+ (1917 MHz 128/256 kB)Athlon XP 2500+ (1833 MHz 128/512 kB)
AMD Processors (Socket 940)
200 MHz FSB (Dual-DDR400)Athlon FX-53 (2400 MHz 128/1024 kB)Athlon FX-51 (2200 MHz 128/1024 kB)
AMD Processors (Socket 754)
200 MHz FSB (DDR400)Athlon 64 3400+ (2200 MHz 128/1024 kB)Athlon 64 3200+ (2000 MHz 128/1024 kB)Athlon 64 3000+ (2000 MHz 128/512 kB)
Intel Processors (Socket 478)
200 MHz FSB (Dual-DDR400)Pentium 4 EE 3.40 GHz (3400 MHz 12-8/512/2048 kB)Pentium 4 EE 3.20 GHz (3200 MHz 12-8/512/2048 kB)
200 MHz FSB (Dual-DDR400)Pentium 4 3.20E GHz (3200 MHz 12-16/1024 kB)Pentium 4 3.00E GHz (3000 MHz 12-16/1024 kB)Pentium 4 2.80E GHz (2800 MHz 12-16/1024 kB)
200 MHz FSB (Dual-DDR400)Pentium 4 3.40 GHz (3400 MHz 12-8/512 kB)Pentium 4 3.20 GHz (3200 MHz 12-8/512 kB)Pentium 4 3.00 GHz (3000 MHz 12-8/512 kB)Pentium 4 2.80 GHz (2800 MHz 12-8/512 kB)Pentium 4 2.60 GHz (2600 MHz 12-8/512 kB)
133 MHz FSB (Dual-DDR266)Pentium 4 3.06 GHz (3066 MHz 12-8/512 kB)Pentium 4 2.80 GHz (2800 MHz 12-8/512 kB)
Memory
Intel Pentium 44 x 256 MB - DDR400Corsiar TwinX CMX256A-3200LL (XMS32005V1.1)CL 2.0-2-2-6
Athlon XP, Athlon 642 x 512 MB - DDR400Corsiar TwinX CMX512 - 3200LL (XMS3205V1.2)CL 2.0-3-2-6
Athlon FX2 x 512 MB - DDR400Mushkin PC3200 ECC Registered High PerformanceCL 2.0-3-2-6
Motherboard
Intel Plattform(Sockel 478)Asus P4C800-E Deluxe, Rev. 1.02Intel 875P ChipsetBIOS: 1015 (01/28/2004)Intel 82547EI Gigabit Ethernet Controller (CSA)
AMD Athlon 64 Platform(Socket 754)Asus K8V Deluxe, Rev. 1.12VIA K8T800 ChipsetBIOS: 10053COM/Marvell 940 Gigabit Ethernet Controller
AMD Athlon 64 FX Platform(Socket 940)Asus SK8V Rev: 1.03VIA K8T800 ChipsetBIOS: 1002 BETA 019Broadcom BCM5705 Gigabit Ethernet Controller
AMD Athlon XP Platform(Socket A)Asus A7N8X-E, Rev. 2.0NVIDIA nForce2 Ultra 400 ChipsetBIOS: 10073COM 3C905C-TX-M PCI 100 Mbit Network 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
Hard Drive (Intel System)Intel FW82801ER ICH5R2 x SATA Maxtor 6Y080M0 (Raid 0)80 GB / 8 MB Cache / 7200 rpm
DVD/CD-ROMMSI MS-8216 16x DVD
Software
ChipsetIntel:Chipset Installation Utility Ver. 5.1.1.1002Application Accelerator RAID Edition 3.5.3VIA:Hyperion 4in1 4.51
GraphicsATI Catalyst XP 4.3 (Driver 6.14.10.6430)
Promise RAID1.00.0.37
DirectXVersion: 9b
OSWindows XP Professional, Build 2600Service Pack 1

Following the painful demise of a Radeon 9800 XT from Asus, ATI sent us a few reference cards. As this board still offers the best performance, it remains our reference model.

The registered DIMMs from Mushkin offer excellent timings.