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  Rambus PC-1066 and PC-1200, Pushing the Envelope 
  Nov 15, 2001, 12:00pm EST 

Testing and Methodology

By: Sander Sassen

The Pentium 4 is meant to do exceptionally well with multimedia applications and games as its high-bandwidth, low latency architecture is meant to perform well under these conditions. Therefore it is worthwhile to investigate whether the extra bandwidth offered by PC-1066 and PC-1200 really adds to the Pentium 4’s performance. Therefore we’ll be using the same configurations a used in our ’i845, Performance Bottlenecks’ article, so we can also compare the PC-1066 and PC-1200 scores to that of the i845 platform.

System Configuration
  • CPU: Intel Pentium 4 2.0 GHz Socket-478
  • Motherboards: Asus P4T-E, i850 chipset, Socket-478
  • Memory: Samsung 2x 128MB PC-1066 RDRAM
  • Videocard: Elsa Gladiac 920, GeForce3 64Mb
  • Harddisk: Western Digital Caviar WD800BB 80GB, 7200RPM
  • CDROM: Toshiba SD-M1212 6x DVD/32x CDROM
  • Floppy: Generic 1.44 MB
  • Case: Generic Midi-ATX
  • Powersupply: Delta 300 Watts Intel-P4-Approved
Software Configuration
  • OS: Microsoft Windows 2000 Pro, SP2
  • Disk Configuration: NTFS, four 20GB partitions
  • Resolution/Colordepth: 1024x76/16-bits
  • Driver video: Detonator 4, v20.81
  • DirectX: DirectX v8.0a
  • Busmaster: Intel v6.31.00
The Asus P4T-E features the new 478-pin socket for Intel's Pentium 4 and was equipped with an Intel Retail Boxed heatsink which was used throughout our testing. All tests were run a minimum of three times and the results were averaged as to cancel out any highs and lows, this in order to get an accurate representation of real-world performance.

1. Introduction
2. i820, handicapping RDRAM?
3. RDRAM, where are we today?
4. Testing and Methodology
5. Memory Benchmarks
6. Office Benchmarks
7. Multimedia Benchmarks
8. Conclusion

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