3D Mark 2001 and SiSoft Sandra
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The Dragon Plus wins one and loses one here as the KT266A chipset boards and the nForce board change places on the differing color depth tests. However, in both instances, the differences are less than a single percent.
While the nForce is dominating here by about 12% and 14% on the respective tests, the two KT266A chipset boards act very similar in their results. Before anyone asks, no, I have not gotten a final answer back from VIA on why the Athlon Thunderbirds out perform the Athlon XPs on this test, and this test only. You’ll hear more when I know it.
Straight across the board, as we always suspected. The motherboard has little to no effect on the productivity of the processor itself.