Setup and Benchmarks

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We have kept the same testing setup since the onset of the Athlon 64 launch, so here is our new setup.
It’s always interesting to note how long it has been since the base of our motherboard testing suite has stayed the same when it comes to hardware. We are still using the ATI Radeon 9700 Pro graphics card, and still using the Western Digital 40 GB 7200 RPM 8MB cache hard drives. Our memory has been Corsair exclusive for some time, and with this review we will introduce testing with Kingston HyperX as well.

Our benchmark suite has been evolving as well with the last few reviews. We have added X2 to our gaming benchmarks and XMPEG/DivX video file conversion to our application benchmarks. We are still using UT2K3 and Quake III as well as the entire Winstone suite of benchmarks. Science Mark 2.0 Beta is also a recent addition to replace the aging ScienceMark 1 benchmark and to update it for more modern scientific study. Finally, CineBench 2003 has been added as well to our Professional graphics testing suite.

Athlon 64 Test System Setup
CPU 1 x 2.0 GHz AMD Athlon 64 3200+ Processor
Motherboards Abit KV8-MAX3 K8T800
Asus K8V Deluxe K8T800
MSI K8T Neo-FISR2 K8T800
Memory 2 x 512MB Corsair Micro XMS4000 DDR DRAM
Hard Drive 40 GB 7200 RPM WD EIDE
Video Card ATI Radeon 9700 Pro
Video Drivers Catalyst 3.7
Operating System Windows XP w/ Service Pack 1

Athlon XP Test System Setup
CPU 1 x 2.20 GHz AMD Athlon XP 3200+ Processor
Motherboards Abit NF7-S nForce2 Ultra 400
Memory 2 x 512MB Corsair Micro XMS4000 DDR DRAM
Hard Drive 40 GB 7200 RPM WD EIDE
Video Card ATI Radeon 9700 Pro
Video Drivers Catalyst 3.7
Operating System Windows XP w/ Service Pack 1

Intel Pentium 4 Test System Setup
CPU 1 x 3.2 GHz Pentium 4 Processor (HyperThreading)
Motherboards Chaintech 9CJS Intel 875 Chipset Motherboard
Memory 2 x 512MB Corsair Micro XMS4000 DDR DRAM
Hard Drive 40 GB 7200 RPM WD EIDE
Video Card ATI Radeon 9700 Pro
Video Drivers Catalyst 3.7
Operating System Windows XP w/ Service Pack 1

Tests:

Quake III: Arena
Unreal Tournament 2K3
X2: The Threat
PCMark 2002
SiSoft Sandra Memory Bench
SiSoft Sandra CPU Bench
AIDA32
Cachemem
Content Creation Winstone 2001
Content Creation Winstone 2002
Content Creation Winstone 2003
Business Winstone 2001
Business Winstone 2002
SPECviewperf 7.1
CineBench 2003
ScienceMark 2.0 Beta

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