Synthetic Gaming – 3D Mark, Aquamark 3

Before we delve into the gaming related benchmarks, I need to remind you that the following tests are done on three different systems with three different graphics cards. So not only are you going to see differences in platform performance, it will also include variations in video performance.

So this is not a straight-forward comparison.

3DMark 2001SE, 3DMark 05

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Looking at this older graphics benchmark, we can see that the total system having a more profound effect on the results. Though the Asus P5GD2 and the 915P DDR1 system have been comparable, here we see the DDR2 memory giving it a big advantage in this test. The older VIA K8T800 Pro systems running the Radeon 9800XT scores higher because of the 9800XT.

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Looking at the above results, we see an illustration that the video card you have is more important than the system running it. The older Athlon 64 3200+ system beating out the newer Pentium systems (with all its new technology) simply because the older system is running a better, yet older, video card.

However, though the Radeon 9800XT is older and performs seemingly better, the Radeon X700 Pro is cheaper and is able to keep up. It’d be interesting to see if this holds for real-world games.

Aquamark 3

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Unlike 3DMark, here we see the Asus P5GD2 matching the performance of the older VIA K8T800 Pro. From these results, we can also see the DDR2 giving an edge to the P5GD2 compared to the DDR 915P brother. It would seem that for games the DDR2 RAM is proving itself a better choice, but let’s go to some real-world games and see if this holds up.

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