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533FSB Pentium 4 Chipset Shootout - Intel -vs- SiS -vs- VIA - Benchmarks - Test Setup and Sandra

By: Cameron Johnson | Intel CPUs in CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Posted: Sep 13, 2002 4:00 am



Test System


Processor: Intel Pentium 4 2.4B GHz (Northwood) (Supplied by Spectrum Communications)


Memory: 2x 256MB DDR-400 Samsung (512MB) (Supplied by BCSY)


Video Card: nVidia Reference GeForce4 Ti4200 128MB (Supplied by nVidia)


Hard Disk: Western Digital WD1200 (Supplied by Achieva)


Drivers: nVidia Detonator v30.30


Software Used: SiSoft Sandra 2002, 3DMark2001, PCMark 2002 Pro, SysMark 2002, Winstone 2001, WinAce 2.11, MPEG4 DIVX, Vulpine GLmark, Flash MPEG4 Encoding, Quake III Arena, Aquanox, DroneZmark, Max Payne, Comanche 4, Star Trek Voyager Elite Force, Jedi Knight II.


SiSoft Sandra 2002 SP1


SiSoft Sandra (the System ANalyser, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant) 2002 is a synthetic Windows benchmark that features different tests used to evaluate different PC subsystems. We used this to test CPU Raw Performance, Multimedia Instruction Set and Memory Bandwidth Performance. While they are all synthetic results, they do give us a general idea of what is happening and where a component's strengths and weaknesses are.





Memory bandwidth shows that the SiS 648 equals the P4X400 in DDR-333 mode while both chipsets outperform the other contenders. When the 648 is pushed to DDR-400, it increases its gap quite happily.


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