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Benchmarking Setup

Intel Pentium III (B-step) @ 1200 MHz
Heatsink & Fan
Tyan Tomcat i815T
128 MB PC133
Hard Drive(s)
Quantum 40 GB ATA100


EPO 50x, 10x DVD
Sound Card
Creative Soundblaster Live X-Gamer
Video Card
X-Micro Impact 4 Pro (GeForce 2 Pro)

Operating System
Windows 2000 SP2
Video / VIA Drivers
nVIdia 21.83 final release
Benchmarking Applications
Quake III Arena
Microsoft DirectX 8.1
Madonion 3DMark 2000 v1.1, 3D Mark 2001, SiSoft Sandra 2K1 Pro

Intel was very nice to us and sent a Pentium III B-step CPU to the tune of 1200 MHz. One new notable change is that I am now using Windows 2000 for my testing. This means that my results won't be directly comparable although we shouldn't see tremendous differences when comparing to WinME. Why the change? I was fed up with all the lockups and problems I was having with WinME but I'm not quite ready for WinXP's oppressive registration process. I may change my hardware configuration several times in a week so I can't afford to have a license run out with WinXP.

The Tualatin Pentium III processors run with a FSB of 133 MHz. At 0.13 micron architecture we expect good overclocking results with this CPU as well as less heat production. Temperature is the biggest factor in CPU reliability so we hope that over the long term this is a good platform.

I had originally thought I would compare the Tomcat to the Soltek SL-75DRV. The Soltek board offers a VIA chipset, and more importantly, DDR memory. That would certainly slant things towards the Soltek board. Instead I am comparing the Tomcat with the Soltek SL-75KAV which is a PC133 based solution. With both systems running CPUs clocked at 1200 MHz it should lead to an interesting comparison.

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