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Benchmarking Setup

Duron 800 Setup

Hardware
CPU(s)
AMD Duron 800 @ 800 MHz
Heatsink & Fan
3dfxCOOL Socket A-HO Fan
Motherboard(s)
Azza KT133BX
Memory
128 MB Micron PC100 Cas2 SDRAM
Hard Drive(s)
Western Digital 25 GB ATA66

CD-ROM

EPO 50x
Sound Card
On board 3D Surround (AC97 Codec)
Video Card
Absolute Multimedia Outrageous GeForce2 GTS

Celeron2 850 Setup

Hardware
CPU(s)
Intel Celeron2 566 @ 850 MHz
Heatsink & Fan
GlobalWin FKP-32
Motherboard(s)
Abit BX6 rev.2 (BX chipset)
Memory
128 MB Micron PC100 Cas2 SDRAM
Hard Drive(s)
Western Digital 25 GB ATA66

CD-ROM

iomagic 40x
Sound Card
Creative Soundblaster Live X-Gamer
Video Card
Absolute Multimedia Outrageous GeForce2 GTS

Software Used (Both Systems)
Operating System
Windows ME
Video / VIA Drivers
nVidia 6.31 final release
 
Benchmarking Applications
OpenGL
Quake III Arena
DirectX
Microsoft DirectX 7.1
Other
Madonion 3DMark 2000 v1.1, SiSoft Sandra 2000,ZD CPUMark 99

Running the Celeron2 at 100 MHz FSB does a lot for its performance. I used a trusty old BX board since that offers the best memory performance. Most of the VIA Apollo Pro boards for these Intel processors will let you run the memory at an independant speed of the system FSB - so I highly recommend you run your memory at 133 MHz if possible. Since the BX board doesn't allow seperate memory/system FSB adjustment I set the memory to CAS2 in the BIOS to give the Celeron every bit of performance that I could.

The Azza board I used for the Duron is a very good one. I recommend you read the review if you are interested in a Socket A board. The VIA KT133 chipset on this board also allows the memory to operate independent of the system FSB so I set it to 133 and enabled every memory enhancer I could in the BIOS. I used the same CAS2 memory stick in both boards - but had to run it at CAS3 at 133 MHz. You have to take these types of motherboard differences as they can really affect the overall system performance..





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