Test Setup

 Performance Test Configuration
Processor(s): AMD Athlon 64 4000+ (2.4GHz) Socket 939
RAM: 2 x 512MB OCZ PC3200 Platinum Rev. 2
Hard Drive(s): Seagate 120GB 7200 RPM SATA (8MB Buffer)
Platform and Integrated Video Drivers: NVIDIA nForce 81.26
ATI 5.9 Catalyst
Video Cards: NVIDIA 6100 Integrated
ATI RS480 Integrated
Operating System(s): Windows XP Professional SP2
Direct X 9.0c
Motherboards: BIOSTAR TForce 6100-939 (6100/410)
ATI Grouper Reference Board (RS480)

Tests used OCZ PC3200 Platinum Rev. 2, which uses Samsung TCCD chips. All memory ran at 2-2-2-10 timing in all benchmarks.

Resolution in all benchmarks is 800x600x32 unless otherwise noted. 3DMark03 and 3Dmark05 default to a standardized 1024x768 resolution. In all games, detail was set to minimum or normal to try to provide frame rates that might be playable at 800x600. Game options were set exactly the same for tests on both the Biostar NVIDIA and ATI platforms.

Basic Features: Biostar TForce 6100-939 General Performance & 3D Graphics
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  • sprockkets - Thursday, September 22, 2005 - link

    It has already been shown that the local FB has no effect on performacne here. But it does allow for not taking away from the main memory. Reply
  • Vol2005 - Monday, September 26, 2005 - link

    ATi Xpress 200G @ 450MHz ---- 3DMark 2001SE = 6,396, 3DMark 03 = 1724, 3DMark 05 = 815. (687 05's @300MHz-default)
    http://www.hkepc.com/hwdb/c51-firstlook-test.htm">http://www.hkepc.com/hwdb/c51-firstlook-test.htm
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  • sprockkets - Thursday, September 22, 2005 - link

    $80 at newegg.com

    Btw, can you use the VGA out for HDTV output? Because they do not show any way of hooking up this model to a tv.
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  • JarredWalton - Thursday, September 22, 2005 - link

    No - not unless your HDTV has a VGA input. (Some do, but they tend to cost $3000+.) Reply
  • HarryAsse - Thursday, September 22, 2005 - link

    Would the 6100 be faster than a 9700pro?
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  • Brunnis - Thursday, September 22, 2005 - link

    Most certainly not. It is very far from the 9700 Pro. Reply
  • linkgoron - Thursday, September 22, 2005 - link

    Budget PCs don't have AMD 4000+, but 3000+, and won't have 2 x 512MB OCZ PC3200 Platinum Rev. 2 RAM... They'll get 30% lower fps (I think, correct me if I'm wrong) in most games... Reply
  • Wesley Fink - Thursday, September 22, 2005 - link

    The comparison was between the nVidia GeForce 6100 and the current best ATI RS480. As long as we used the same CPU and memory for testing both boards it really didn't matter what CPU we used. The 4000+ is now $368 at New Egg, a little less than the 3800+ x2, and more mid-range than value. The 3000+ costs around $150. We have used the 4000+ in all recent motherboard reviews, so we thought the 4000+ would be easier to compare to other boards we've tested.
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  • jediknight - Saturday, September 24, 2005 - link

    It would still be nice to see reviews where budget components (like mobos with integrated graphics) are paired with other budget components (CPU, RAM, etc.) such that the performance numbers more accurately resemble real-world performance.

    Using top-end processors and memory present an unrealistically optimistic picture of real-world performance.. because these combinations are really not likely to be seen.
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  • Furen - Thursday, September 22, 2005 - link

    Framerate shouldnt bee much lower since these systems are insanely graphics-bound. They could be a bit lower but I wouldnt expect more than a frame or two (per seccond) lower. Reply

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