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nVidia nForce3 250 - Athlon 64 Chipset Design Done Right - Benchmarks - Test System Setup and SiSoft Sandra

nVidia's new nForce3 250 chipset is an innovative product for the AMD Athlon 64 platform which includes the majority all in one Media and Communications Processor with native Gigabit networking. Read on find out why we think it is Athlon 64 Chipset Design Done Right as we take nVidia's reference motherboard for a spin!

| AMD CPUs & APUs in CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Posted: Apr 21, 2004 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 9.5%Manufacturer: nVidia

Test System Setup

 

Processor(s): AMD Athlon 64 3200+

 

Motherboard(s): nVidia nForce3 250GB reference (Supplied by nVidia)

 

Video Card(s): GeCube Radeon 9800 XT (Supplied by GeCube) Memory: 1 x 512MB Kingmax PC4000 (Supplied by Kingmax)

 

Hard Disk(s): Western Digital 74.6GB Raptor SATA (Supplied by Western Digital)

 

Operating System Used: Windows XP Professional SP1

 

Drivers Used: ATI Catalyst 4.3 and nVidia nForce reference 409

 

We thought that there would be nothing better to compare the brand new nForce 3 250 motherboard to its predecessor the nForce 3 150. While we didn't have a reference 150 motherboard floating around we did have the retail Chaintech 150 on hand.

 

One thing in the benchmarks worth noting is that while the nForce3 250 is newer we are comparing a reference motherboard against a fully tweaked retail motherboard and the main focus behind the 250 is extra features as opposed to performance.

 

SiSoft Sandra 2004

 

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

 

 

 

As you can see the memory bandwidth on both motherboards are very similar. When we see full retail versions of the nForce3 250 we should begin to see a slight increase in performance as the manufacturers begin to tweak their final product.

 

 

 

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