Desktop Test System
Processor: Intel Pentium 4 2.0A GHz (Northwood) (Supplied by Spectrum Communications)
Memory: 1x 512MB DDR-433 Geil (512MB) (Supplied by Geil)
Video Card: SiS 315 Graphics Card (64MB) (Supplied by SiS)
Hard Disk: Western Digital WD1200 (Supplied by Achieva)
Software Used: Sisoft Sandra 2002, 3Dmark2001, PCMark 2002 Pro, Sysmark 2002, Vulpine GLmark, Quake 3 Arena, Aquanox, DroneZmark, Max Payne, 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.
When running DDR-266 memory, you can see the performance hit that the system takes due to the video card using system memory for its frame buffer. When DDR-333 is used, the performance gap is closed, since the GPU is given more power to work with.