Overclocking and System Setup

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This section is going to be short! 🙂 Sadly, there are no overclocking options available on the Tiger MPX motherboard unless you include the option to switch between 100 MHz and 133 MHz front-side buses an overclock. I didn’t think so! 🙂 This shouldn’t be a big surprise though as Tyan has never catered their boards to the overclocker. They are more concerned with created a stable platform that performs well under all the conditions you can throw at it. The previous Thunder K7 and Tiger MP are the same way – and they excelled at doing just that.

The system setup for this test has only the Tyan Tiger MPX against one of the top single processor motherboards out now, the Abit KR7A-RAID based on the KT266A chipset. Because the Tiger MP and the Thunder K7 are so closely related, I wouldn’t recommend upgrading from either of those to the MPX unless you NEED the 64-bit PCI. Otherwise, chances are you are considering either a top single-CPU system or a top dual-CPU system.

Keep in mind that the fastest Athlon XP out is the 2000+, running at 1.67 GHz, while the fastest Athlon MP out is the 1900+, running at 1.6 GHz. That means that the comparisons are slightly off. But, rather than retesting the Abit system with a slower processor, I will attempt to just show how things might change – although it will be very little.

Of course, because we are dealing with a new dual-processor setup, we had to include some of the benchmarks that usually left off the test suite in single-processor boards. Benchmarks like CliBench and Photoshop show off the potential that the AMD-760 MPX chipset can offer.

Test System Setup
CPU 2 x 1.60 GHz AMD Athlon MP 1900+ Processors
1 x 1.67 GHz AMD Athlon XP 2000+ Processor
Motherboards Tyan Tiger MPX
Abit KR7A-RAID
Memory 1 x 512MB Crucial PC2100 DDR DRAM
Hard Drive 20.5GB 7200 RPM IBM EIDE
Video Card GeForce 3
Video Drivers Detonator 22.40
Operating System Windows XP

Tests:

Quake III: Arena
3DMark 2001
DronezMark
Wolfenstein MP
SiSoft Sandra Memory Bench
SiSoft Sandra CPU Bench
Content Creation Winstone 2001
Content Creation Winstone 2002
Business Winstone 2001
4 different SPEC view perf tests
Cachemem
ScienceMark
Sysmark 2001
CliBench III
Linux Compilation
Adobe Photoshop

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