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VIA K8T800 Chipset Preview - Dual Opteron in Action - Benchmarks - Test System Setup

It has been a long time coming but we are finally reaching the beginning stages of 64-bit mainstream computing. AMD has been the first to bring a 64-bit processor to the market with any true support in the Opteron. VIA is one of the key chipset companies supporting AMD64 and today Shawn "Toxic" Baker takes a preview look at their new K8T800 chipset with AMD Opteron 242 and 244 processors. 64-bit computing is boarding - don't miss the train!

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Test System Setup



Processor(s): 2 X AMD Opteron 242 (1.6 GHz) and 2 X AMD Opteron 244 (1.8 GHz)


Motherboard: MSI K8T Master2-FAR


Memory: Infineon 4 X 512MB DDR-333 CAS2.5 ECC Registered


Video card(s): ATI Radeon 9700 Pro


Hard Disk(s): Maxtor 80GB Serial ATA


Operating System Used: Windows XP Professional SP1


Drivers Used: VIA Hyperion 4.49 and ATI Catalyst 3.6


Software Used: SiSoft Sandra MAX 3, 3DMark 2001, Unreal Tournament 2003, Quake 3, PCMark 2002 and Jedi Knight 2: Jedi Outcast


We have gone for benchmarking the processor with the above programs. While we would have liked to test the SMP support further, due to software limitations we were unable to, we will explain it further after the benchmarking.


Due to not having anything to compare the chipset against, we choose to run both the Opteron 242 and Opteron 244 in Single Processor mode and Dual Processor mode to give users a better understanding how it would affect the programs we tested.


Within CPU-Z you get the chance to have a better look at the specifications of the system.




Here we see a screenshot of CPU-Z giving us all the information we need to know about the processors. You can see the list of instructions it supports including 3DNow! and SSE2. We also get the chance to see that it has 1024 Kbytes of L2 cache, a FSB of 200.5MHz and its core speed and multiplier. You also get to see the name of the processor, in this case the Opteron 242 and Opteron 244.



All the information about the motherboard is shown including manufacturer, model, chipset, BIOS, etc. People paying slightly more attention will notice that the chipset is shown as a K8T400 instead of a K8T800. VIA let us know that this is because the BIOS simply has the wrong name in it. We are sure that the name will be changed with the next BIOS release - no biggie.



We see some more in-depth information on the cache, nothing we didn't really see in the first screen shot. The memory was running at CAS 2.5 with quite relaxed timings with a speed of 166MHz.


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