System Setup and Benchmarks

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The system setup and testing processes were simple, yet tedious. Each motherboard was tested using the exact same processor, exact same video card, exact same hard drive, etc. Each had a full install of Windows XP on it and the same version of the graphics drivers on it.

I chose to continue using the MSI Ti4400 graphics card as it seemed the best representation of what our readers are using in their own systems. Soon, however, I plan on making the switch to a Radeon 9700 bench suite.

Here is system setup table and the benchmarks that we used. The list is somewhat abbreviated for this roundup.

Test System Setup
CPU 1 x 1.73 GHz Athlon XP 2100+ Processer
Motherboards MSI KT3 Ultra2
Gigabyte GA-7VRXP
Soltek 75DRV5
Shuttle AK35GT2R
Epox 8K5A2+
Abit KX7-333
Memory 1 x 512MB Corsair Micro XMS3200 DDR DRAM
Hard Drive 80 GB 7200 RPM IBM EIDE
Video Card MSI GeForce 4 Ti 4400
Video Drivers Detonator 27.40
Operating System Windows XP


Quake III: Arena
3DMark 2001: SE
SiSoft Sandra Memory Bench
SiSoft Sandra CPU Bench
Content Creation Winstone 2002
Business Winstone 2001

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