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VIA PT800 Chipset - Single Channel taken to the Max - Test Setup and SiSoft Sandra

Over the past 18 months VIA Technology has been hindered by an on-going court case with Intel over Pentium 4 licensing rights. Just recently Intel settled their disagreements with VIA which has allowed both companies to get back to work. This week VIA released their new PT800 single channel, fully licensed, Pentium 4 chipset. Follow Shawn "Toxic" Baker as he tells us all about it and if it can keep pace with Intel's dual channel monsters, Canterwood and Springdale!

By: | VIA Chipsets in CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Posted: Jul 11, 2003 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 9.0%Manufacturer: VIA Technology

Test Setup


Processor(s): Intel Pentium 4 2.8GHz "C" (Supplied by Altech Computers)


Video card(s): PowerColor Radeon 9800 Pro (Supplied by Altech Computers)


Memory: 1 X 512MB Corsair XMS 3700 (PT800) and 2 X 256 Corsair XMS PC3200 (I865 & I875) @ DDR-400


Hard Disk(s): Seagate 80GB 7200RPM


Operating System Used: Windows XP Professional SP1


Drivers Used: Catalyst 3.4, VIA Hyperion 4 in 1 4.48


Software Used: SiSoft Sandra MAX 3, 3DMark 03, 3DMark 01, Comanche 4, Unreal Tournament 2003, Quake 3, PC Mark 2002, Code Creatures and Jedi Knight 2


Test Setup Comments


Since the new PT800 chipset is optimized for one single DIMM, we choose to use 1 X 3700 Corsair memory module which was ran with memory timings of 2-3-2-5 at DDR-400. Being a reference motherboard, we didn't have the ability to adjust memory voltage and this was the maximum timings we could achieve at default voltage, of course memory voltage adjustments will be incorporated into final retail motherboards which will allow for higher timings.


We choose to include the new VIA Arena Outpost map on Jedi Knight 2 which is very CPU intensive and perfect for our testing today. Additionally we choose to run a lot of the benchmarks at 640 X 480 as at this resolution the chipset is tested more so than the video card, removing the bottleneck of the AGP bus. Finally we included some higher resolution benchmarks as this is what people will more likely use when it comes to gaming.


SiSoft Sandra Max 3


SiSoft Sandra (the System ANalyser, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant) Max 3 is a synthetic windows benchmark that features different tests used to evaluate different PC subsystems.





As expected we see that the Dual Channel motherboards pull ahead from VIA's new PT800. Some people may notice that the score on the PT800 is at the 3100MB/s mark and considering the maximum bandwidth is 3200MB/s, VIA's single channel system is optimized almost perfectly for one stick of memory.





Again the PT800 is behind but being a synthetic test we won't see how this will affect real world performance until later on.


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