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AMD Athlon 64 Chipset Royal Rumble - December 2003 - Benchmarks - Test System Setup and SiSoft Sandra

AMD has given us mainstream 64-bit processing and now we have a bunch of chipsets to join the joy ride. Today we pit all the newest chipsets from VIA, SIS, nVidia and ALI and find out who our best choice is for our Athlon 64 powered motherboard!

| AMD CPUs & APUs in CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Posted: Nov 30, 2003 5:00 am

Test System Setup

 

Processor(s): AMD Athlon 64 3200+

 

Video card(s): GeCube Radeon 9800 XT 256MB (Supplied by Kingmax Australia)

 

Memory: 2 X Mushkin 256MB PC4000 (Supplied by Mushkin)

 

Hard Disk(s): Seagate 80GB 7,200 RPM Parallel ATA

 

Operating System Used: Windows XP Professional SP1

 

Drivers Used: ATI Catalyst 3.9

 

The Mushkin RAM was set to SPD, AGP Aperture size was set to 256MB and voltages and memory speeds all were set exactly same for each chipset. We used the slower Parallel ATA hard disk drive over the faster Serial ATA drive since not all motherboards included SATA support.

 

We have moved up to the newer Catalyst 3.9 drivers from ATI and all the latest chipset drivers were used for all the motherboards as well as DirectX 9A.

 

Without further ado, let's get onto the part we are all most interested in - the benchmarks - 3, 2, 1...FIGHT!

 

SiSoft Sandra MAX3

 

SiSoft Sandra (System ANalyser, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant) MAX3 is a synthetic Windows benchmark that features different tests used to evaluate different PC subsystems.

 

- Memory Bandwidth Buffered

 

 

As you would expect coming straight of the barracks the scores are very close. This is due to the memory controller being on the processor. We do see that the new ALI chipset does get a bit of a lead over the others though, by a slight margin.

 

- Memory Bandwidth Un - Buffered

 

 

SIS just pulls ahead in this test but as we just mentioned, the scores are very tight and this is due to the built-in memory controller on the processor.

 

- CPU Arithmetic

 

 

Here we see that the ALI chipset is a clear winner with the SIS trailing down the back. We will soon find out if this performance is seen when it comes to gaming as synthetic benchmarks don't mean a thing unless they can equate real world performance.

 

 

 

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