Ziff Davis has had CPUMark 99 out there for
quite some time. Simple truth is that it only takes a few seconds to run
this benchmark and it gives you a rough idea of what kind of speed the
machine is capable of. The AK73 Pro only scored 72.3 with the Athlon 900.
Same CPU and setup, just different boards. The only difference between
the two boards is that the Trinity KT-A supports 4-way interleaving in
its BIOS and the AK73 does not. I had read that 4-way interleaving can
be a big performance boost but this really surprised me.You can download
CPUMark99 from Ziff Davis here.
The result with the AD11 was with 1.2 GHz and DDR memory so don't use
that as a reference between the AD11 and KTa. It was put in to give perspective.
The AK73 Pro scored 2237 and 1097
respectively. This is getting interesting. While we aren't in DDR memory performance
territory just yet you can see just what a boost a feature like 4-way interleaving
can have. You can download Sandra here.
Again, the AD11 results at 1.2 GHz were put in to give a perspective.
scored 418 and 489 respectively. This is a memory benchmark so now we can
compare all we want. Look at the high FPU/RAM Bandwidth score. Again I am
left bewildered by the large improvement in performance. These are big performance
gains in otherwise identical setups. Tyan should get a big pat on the back
for having 4-way interleaving available in their BIOS.
This is why the AD11 results were put in. Take a look at how well the KTa
beats the AOpen AK73 and starts approaching the results of the AD11 at 1.2
GHz with DDR memory.