3D Mark 2001 and SiSoft Sandra
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It is obvious from this test that the memory bandwidth increase that so dramatically changed the Quake III tests is not an issue on the 3D Mark 2001 test. Differing by about 5% on both tests, the Epox 8KHA+ is still the winner, but not by as large a margin as we might expect to see from the Quake III frame rates.
If there is something odd that you notice about these memory test results, you are correct. The test scores here aren’t as close to the reference board that I reviewed as they should be. The Athlon Thunderbird 1.4 GHz had higher test results in the FPU memory tests than the Athlon XP. I have been working very closely with AMD, VIA and the motherboard manufacturers to find out the reasoning behind this. As of this time, all I can surmise is that there is a bios code that needs to changed or that the SiSoft software isn’t talking to the new Athlon core the way it should. Either way, keep checking back at Amdmb.com and I will let you know as soon as I find out anything.
However, the Epox 8KHA+ is still the winner on the tests. Ahead by 10% on the ALU scale and about 12% on the FPU test, the KT266A chipset reference board was able to pull a much higher difference than this – around 100 points higher in FPU performance actually. This could be a simple bios issue that needs to be worked out, so I will post some news and update this page as soon as I figure it out.
Both results here differ by less than 1% so there can be no winner gauged. As expected, the synthetic processors performance does not change in any way due to its environment.