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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