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Leadtek K7N420-DA nForce Motherboard Review - Benchmarks - Test System and Sandra

When the original nForce based motherboards were in production, they were supposed to be the greatest thing since bread and butter. Unfortunately, their performance was nothing to be proud of. But nVidia hasn't given up on the idea of a chipset for AMD processors with decent built-in graphics. Come join Cameron "Sov" Johnson as he takes a look at the Leadtek K7N420-DA Motherboard. It is based on the newest 420D nForce chipset and again has onboard graphics. But can they pull themselves out of the hole that they dug last time around? Let's find out!

| NVIDIA Chipset in Motherboards | Posted: Jun 3, 2002 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 6.5%Manufacturer: Leadtek

Benchmarks

 

Test System

 

Processor: AMD Athlon XP 1600+

 

Memory: 2x 256MB DDR-333 Kingmax (512MB)

 

Video Card: Leadtek GeForce3 Ti500 Ultra

 

Hard Disk: Seagate Barracuda ATA-3 UDMA 100 7200RPM

 

Drivers: nVidia Detonator v28.32

 

Software Used: SiSoft Sandra 2002, 3DMark2000, 3DMark2001SE, PCMark 2002 Pro, SysMark 2002, Winstone 2001, Quake III Arena, Aquanox, Jedi Knight II, Max Payne, DronezMark, Star Trek Voyager Elite Force.

 

Synthetic System Benchmarks

 

Sandra 2002

 

Sisoft Sandra (the System ANalyser, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant) 2002 is a synthetic windows benchmark that features different tests used to evaluate different PC subsystems. We use this to test the three primary systems: CPU Raw Performance, CPU Multimedia Execution Performance and Memory Bandwidth. This is all synthetic but still shows what can be accomplished.

 

 

 

 

The first two tests are simple. As expected, these two should almost be identical. If not, then there is a serious optimization path problem between the CPU and the Northbridge.

 

The Memory Bandwidth, on the other hand, is a totally different story. The Leadtek Motherboard, despite having a maximum theoretical throughput of 4.2GB/s, barely breaks it past 1.4GB/s. Compared to the DDR-333 KT333 chipset, you can see that nVidia has done a terrible job on the memory performance. It gets even worse when we used integrated graphics.

 

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