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  May 06, 2002, 10:00am EDT 

Testing Methodologies

By: Dan Mepham

Testbed Hardware
  • Intel Pentium 4 Processor at 2.40 GHz (400 MHz FSB), 2.40 B GHz (533 MHz FSB), and 2.53 GHz (533 MHz FSB)
  • 512MB PC800 RDRAM, 45ns or 40ns
  • Intel D850MV or D850EMV
  • nVidia GeForce 2 Pro 64MB
  • Maxtor DiamondMax D740X, 60GB
  • Creative Labs' SoundBlaster Live!
  • SMC EtherPower 10/100 Network Card
  • 40X IDE CD-ROM
Testbed Software
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional
  • Intel INF Chipset Drivers, v3.20.1008
  • nVidia Detonator Drivers, v23.11
All tests were conducted using a Pentium 4 processor at 2.40 GHz or 2.53 GHz. Our 850 chipset testbed (400 MHz FSB) consisted of an Intel D850MV desktop board, equipped with 512MB of PC800 RDRAM, rated at 45ns core access time. Our 850E testbed (533 MHz FSB) was equipped with an Intel D850EMV desktop board, and 512MB of PC800 RDRAM rated at 40ns core access time.

All benchmarks were executed three times, and the results averaged.

1. Introduction
2. Speeding Up The Pipe
3. More Memory Bandwidth?
4. Testing Methodologies
5. Performance - Cache & Memory
6. Performance - Audio & Video Encoding
7. Performance - Scientific
8. Performance - Gaming
9. Performance - Professional OpenGL
10. Summary

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