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nVidia nForce 3 250 Socket 754 Motherboard Roundup - August 2004 - Benchmarks - Test System Setup and SiSoft Sandra

We have rounded up four of the most popular AMD Athlon 64 Socket 754 motherboards from Gigabyte, MSI, ASUS and Shuttle which are based on nVidia's nForce 3 250 and 250GB chipsets and compared their packages, features and performance. Who will the overall winner be? Read on and find out!

By: | NVIDIA Chipset in Motherboards | Posted: Aug 26, 2004 4:00 am

Test System Setup


Processor(s): AMD Athlon 64 3400+


Video card(s): Gigabyte X800XT Platinum Edition (Supplied by Gigabyte)


Memory: 1 X 512MB Kingmax PC4000 (Supplied by Kingmax)


Hard Disk(s): Western Digital 74GB SATA 10,000 RPM Raptor (Supplied by Western Digital)


Operating System Used: Windows XP Professional SP1


Drivers Used: ATI Catalyst 4.7 and nVidia Reference 409


All motherboards were tested with the exact same memory timings of 3-4-4-8 along with the same FSB settings and so forth to create the most comparable testing environment.


One thing which should be mentioned is the fact that we did not disable the MSI CoreCell feature on the K8N Neo Platinum as it comes out of the box turned on and this is what users will get when they buy the motherboard. This may improve the performance of the MSI motherboard a little but it shouldn't affect things all that much.


Now we are done with all the technicalities, let's get onto the benchmark results!


SiSoft Sandra 2004 SP2


SiSoft Sandra (System ANalyser, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant) 2004 SP2 is a synthetic Windows benchmark that features different tests used to evaluate different PC subsystems.



Here we can see that the ASUS and MSI motherboards are slightly faster then the Gigabyte and Shuttle. Let's see what the results look like when we turn off the optimization.



We see a similar result to above except the ASUS motherboard shows a slightly bigger jump.



Here we see that the MSI is considerably quicker then the other motherboards. Let's have a look at a few more synthetics before we move into real world gaming.




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