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 how SDRAM, DDR SDRAM and RDRAM chipsets compare to one another. Therefore we'll be using the same configuration for each chipset, except for the memory and motherboard of course.
CPU: Intel Pentium 4 2.0 GHz Socket-478
Motherboard RDRAM: Asus P4T-E, i850 chipset
Motherboard SDRAM: Asus P4B, i845 chipset
Motherboard DDR SDRAM #1: Asus P4B266, i845D chipset
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
OS: Microsoft Windows 2000 Pro, SP2
Disk Configuration: NTFS, four 20GB partitions
All motherboards and CPUs were tested with the same 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.
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