Test System Setup
Processor: Intel Pentium 4 2.4GHz (800MHz FSB with HT enabled)
Memory: 2x Mushkin 256MB PC4000 DDR-500 (Timings of 2.5-8-3-3 in Dual Channel mode) (Supplied by Mushkin)
Hard Disk: Maxtor SATA 80GB 7,200 RPM
Graphics Card: GeCube Radeon 9800 XT (Overdrive disabled) (Supplied by Kingmax Australia)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP1
Drivers: ATI Catalyst 3.9 and Direct-X 9.0b
For all of our tests, apart from the overclocking tests, the PAT-like "Super Patch" feature of the Springdale motherboard was disabled. The exact same settings were made for both motherboard to make for an even playing field, such as disabling V-Sync and using the same memory timings.
SiSoft Sandra 2004
SiSoft Sandra (the System ANalyser, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant) 2004 is a synthetic windows benchmark that features different tests used to evaluate different PC subsystems.
Initial results are somewhat surprising. As far as Sandra is concerned the variation in performance between the two chipsets is very minor, with the Springdale motherboard even slightly surpassing the Canterwood in a few of the tests.
Also keep in mind; the "Super Patch" feature of the Springdale board was disabled at this stage. We only enabled it during our overclocked bench tests of which you will see shortly.
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