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Benchmarking 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

Software
Operating System
Windows Me
Video / VIA Drivers
nVidia 6.31 final release
 
Benchmarking Applications
OpenGL
Quake III Arena v1.25
DirectX
Microsoft DirectX 7.1
Other
Madonion 3DMark 2000 v1.1., ZDCPUmark 99, Sisoft Sandra 2000

While these benchmarking applications are great for getting performance numbers from a setup they don't tell the whole story. I'll always take a board that had slightly lower than the best results in the benchmarking applications as long as it had more inherent stability. Stability is a by-product of good design so you can't say enough about a board that is stable. To test stability, and further stress the board, I had RC5 running in the background continuously after the initial benchmarks were completed. For those of you out there that are wondering why I didn't use the beta 6.35 drivers for benchmarking let me break it down to this: while using the very latest available drivers for a video card review isn't a bad idea, I wanted to use the latest set of certified drivers to ensure any problems that popped up weren't driver related.

The Duron CPU came straight from AMD. Since it was just released last week it shows what is possible with AMD's "value" CPU.








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