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The Tom's Hardware Guide Power Box

Other Components

In this edition I refrained from adding any other component to the Power Box, such as a sound card, DVD-ROM, CD/RW and more, because the benchmarks in this first Power Box article would not benefit from it.

The Challengers

To give you some kind of idea of the performance of the Power Box, I compared it to two top-notch systems that are available right now. The first is a system equipped with Intel's Pentium 4 1.5 GHz processor, Asus P4T i850 motherboard, 256 MB PC800 RDRAM and a GeForce2 Ultra graphics card. The other system comes with AMD's Athlon 'C' 1.2 GHz, Asus A7M266 AMD760 motherboard, 256 MB PC2100 CL2 DDR-SDRAM and also a GeForce2 Ultra graphics card.

You will see that the second half of this article is a feast for benchmark addicts. I ran as many benchmarks as I could think of to compare the three systems. You will see that the Power Box is as good as unchallenged.

Test Setup

SystemPower BoxPentium 4 SystemAthlon DDR System
ProcessorAthlon 'C' 1.6 GHzPentium 4 1.5 GHzAthlon 'C' 1.2 GHz
MotherboardMSI MS-6341Asus P4TAsus A7M266
Memory256 MB Micron/Crucial PC2100 DDR-SDRAM256 MB Samsung PC800 RDRAM256 MB Micron/Crucial PC2100 DDR-SDRAM
Graphics CardNVIDIA GeForce 2 Ultra Reference Card64 MB, Driver 6.67 (Win98/Win2k)
Hard DriveIBM DTLA-307075, 75 GB, 7200 RPMATA100, FAT32 Win98, NTFS Win2k
DirectX8.0a
Desktop Resolution for BAPCo's Sysmark 2000 and Webmark20011024x768x16x85
Webmark2001MSIE 5.01Timer Resolution 10 msJava enabled, 5.0JVM 5.0.0.3310JavaScript 1.3Adobe Acrobat Reader 4.05Cult3D 5.0.1.43Flash 5.0.30.0Microsoft Agent 2.00.0.3422RealPlayer 6.0.9.357Quicktime 4.1.1NetMeeting 3.01Windows Media Player 6.4.09.1109Windows Media Services 4.1.00.3918
Quake 3 ArenaRetail Versionno sound
Unreal TournamentVersion 4.28 (patched)no sound
MDK2Downloadable Demo VersionT&L = On, trilinear filtering, high texture detail
EvolvaRolling Demo v1.2 Build 944Standard command line = -benchmarkBump Mapped command line = -benchmark -dotbump
Mercedes Benz Truck RacingRecommended GeForce2 Settings
ExpendableDownloadable Demo Versioncommand line = -timedemo
3d Mark 2000Build 335, Default Benchmark
SiSoft Sandra StandardVersion 2000.3.6.4
Desktop Resolution for SPECviewperf 6.1.21280x1024x32x85
FlasK SettingsVideo Codec: DivX 3.11 alpha, Fast-Motion, keyframe every 10 seconds, compression 100, data rate 910 kbpsAudio Codec: audio not processedVideo Resolution: 720x480, 29.97 fps, interlacedResizing: Nearest Neighbor