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AMD64 PCI Express Chipsets - nVidia nForce 4 vs. ATI 200 Series - Benchmarks - Test System Setup and SiSoft Sandra

Today we are taking a look at two new Socket 939 chipsets for the AMD Athlon 64 platform from nVidia and ATI. Usually we would compare these two companies in the usual GPU wars but today they battle it out against each other in the form of motherboards with nVidia's feature-packed nForce 4 and ATI's 200 Series. Which motherboard based on these chipsets deserves to make it into your Socket 939 AMD64 system? Read on and we'll let you know our thoughts on the subject.

By: | Editorials in CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Posted: Jan 5, 2005 5:00 am

Test System Setup


Processor(s): AMD Athlon 64 3800+


Video card(s): ATI Radeon X700PRO (Supplied by ATI)


Memory: 1 X 512MB OCZ PC3200 (Supplied by OCZ Technology)


Hard Disk(s): Western Digital Raptor 74.6GB SATA 10,000RPM (Supplied by Western Digital)


Operating System Used: Windows XP Professional SP1


Drivers Used: ATI Catalyst 4.11, DirectX 9C and reference chipset drivers from ATI and nVidia


We have as usual thrown a number of real world and synthetic tests at the motherboards to find out which one comes out on top. The reason for the X700PRO being used in both tests is due to the fact that we did receive the ATI motherboard before the nVidia motherboard and that the ATI motherboard came with the graphics card.


Since the nVidia motherboard didn't offer Firewire we didn't do a graph comparing the performance. We did test 1394 on the ATI chipset though which gave us a read speed of 35.1MB/s and a CPU usage of 2%. When we compare the transfer speeds to results in the past it is considered quite poor as we saw the ABIT AA8 (Intel 925 chipset and Pentium 4) offer almost 65MB/s and the same CPU usage.


SiSoft Sandra


Version and / or Patch Used: 2004


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




Performance on both motherboards is quite similar as far as synthetic memory benchmarks go which is to be expected as the memory controller is built onto the actual processor.



Looking at the performance above, we can see that performance is still quite similar.




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