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Benchmarking Setup

AMD Athlon XP 1800+ (1533 MHz)
Heatsink & Fan
Soltek SL-75ERV
256 MB DDR PC2100 (266 MHz)
Hard Drive(s)
Western Digital 27 GB ATA66


EPO 50x, Philips 8x CDRW
Sound Card
On board 3D Surround (AC97 Codec)
Video Card

X-Micro GeForce4 MX440

Operating System
Windows 2000 Professional SP-2
Video / VIA Drivers
nVidia 28.32 drivers / VIA 4.38(2)v(a) 4-in-1 drivers
Benchmarking Applications
Quake III Arena
Microsoft DirectX 8.1
Madonion 3DMark 2000 v1.1, 3D Mark 2001

We soldier on with the AthlonXP 1800+. Yes there are faster CPUs available from AMD but they haven't cared to send us an update for our lab. Entering the configuratoin is the X-Micro GeForce4 MX440 which was overclocked to 330 MHz core and 460 MHz memory. At $149 this is quite a good performing video card.

Once again Bart from 1COOLPC has stepped in and sent us an awesome heatsink to use for our testing. My first experience with the ThermoEngine was unsatisfactory due to a slight crushing incident (!) but luckily Bart is stocking copper shims for the Athlon XP and it appears that ThermoEngine has made a slight change to the heatsink clipping mechanism. This heatsink is smaller than the unit I used in the original SL75DRV review but is more than adequate for the heat production of the AthlonXP.

The Latest 4 in 1 drivers resolve some video install issues - and uninstall apparently.

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