Test Setup


Test System Setup


 Athlon XP 3200+


Soyo SY-KT880 Dragon 2

Motherboard Driver

VIA Hyperion v4.51
nForce driver v4.24

Power Supply 

Antec 430W TruePower


2x256MB Corsair PC3200 TwinX Platinum Series

Hard Drive

200GB 7200RPM Western Digital EIDE 8MB cache

Video Card

Asus Radeon 9600XT

Video Driver

Catalyst v3.5

DirectX Version

DX 9.0b

Operating System

Windows XP w/ Service Pack 1

The test bench we are using today is what you would typically find on a “budget” computer complete with a mid-range video card. We intentionally do not use faster videocards (even though they are available to us) is because it probably won’t accurately reflect what current consumers would be buying.

The benchmarks used were:

  • Cachemem
  • Everest v1.10.106
  • SiSoft Sandra 2004 SP1
  • Business Winstone 2004
  • Content Creation Winstone 2004
  • PCMark ’04
  • CineBench 2003
  • ScienceMark 2.0 Beta
  • 3DMark 2001: SE v330
  • Aquamark 3
  • FarCry
  • Unreal Tournament 2004
  • LAME MP3 Encoding
  • DVD to DivX Encoding
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