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Benchmarking Setup

AMD Athlon 1.2 GHz @ 1.2 GHz
Heatsink & Fan
3dfxCOOL Socket A-HO Fan
128 MB Mushkin DDR (PC2100)
Hard Drive(s)
Quantum 40 GB ATA-100


EPO 50x
Sound Card
On board 3D Surround
Video Card
Absolute Multimedia Outrageous GeForce2 GTS

Operating System
Windows Me
Video / VIA Drivers
nVidia 6.50 final release
Benchmarking Applications
Quake III Arena v1.17
Microsoft DirectX 8
Madonion 3DMark 2000 v1.1., ZD CPUmark 99, Sisoft Sandra 2001

AMD sent the 1.2 GHz CPU so that we could thrash a few boards. Nice, huh? Two thumbs up to Mushkin: Mushkin saved the day by handing over 128 MB of DDR SDRAM (PC2100). PC2100 means it will run at the 266 MHz FSB of the Athlon that AMD sent. PC1600 DDR SDRAM can only be run at 100 MHz FSB so keep that in mind when you are upgrading.

The closest board to compare to is the AOpen AK73 Pro. I think comparing a DDR setup at 266 MHz FSB to an SDRAM setup at 133 MHz (100 FSB, 133 memory) would show total performance potential. Unfortunately I killed the Duron 800 CPU that AMD sent before (!). That means I couldn't compare the AD11 to the AK73 Pro with the same CPU. So, I used the 1.2 gig Athlon as a 900 MHz Athlon in the AK73 Pro. Yes, this tilts the results to the AD11 but what I'm getting at is the memory performance differences. That should show why the move to DDR SDRAM is so important.

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