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Mad Onion's 3D Mark 2000


In my review of the Absolute Multimedia GeForce2 GTS it became apparent that the CPU was actually the limiting factor in obtaining a high 3D Mark score. What stands out even more from this benchmark is that the Azza KT133BX/Duron 800 combo scored 6292. Interesting how one year old parts can still score pretty well. While 3D Mark is a good benchmark for comparing your system performance to another's, it simply doesn't show all the performance capable from a configuration like a game benchmark can. You can download 3D Mark 2000 here.

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I had hoped that these scores could have been higher. I think the major sticking point during this benchmark was that I couldn't adjust the memory timing in BIOS past "normal" at 133 MHz FSB. The BIOS only offers two settings - "normal" and "turbo". The AOpen KT133 board I played with had "faster" and "fastest" available for selection on top of these two settings. Since my memory wouldn't work at the "turbo" setting with this board I was stuck with just "normal" timing at 133 MHz- whereas the KT133 board ran just fine in "fastest" mode and 133 MHz. I wonder if those two additional memory options can be included with a BIOS update?


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