Budget CPU Shootout: Clash of the 'ronsby Derek Wilson on December 4, 2003 10:55 AM EST
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Test SetupAs many factors as possible were kept the same on both systems in order to help give a fair comparison. Of course, the exception is the motherboard. For the Intel system, we used an Intel D865PERL (865PE) board, while we employed an ASUS A7N8X (nForce2) for the AMD system. The common elements in the systems were:
ATI Radeon 9800Pro 256MB
2 x 256MB DDR400 at 2-3-3-6 (frequency chosen by the BIOS)
2 x Western Digital Special Edition Hard Disk Drive
Our systems were configured with on drive set up specifically for the Business and Content Creation Winstone tests, in order to minimize the impact of other system files on the performance of the benchmark.
For our AMD system, we installed the 3.13 nForce drivers. Intel's 5.00.1009 chipset drivers were used on the 865 board. Both systems ran with ATI's Catalyst 3.9 drivers.
In the BIOS of each system, we disabled USB, IEEE1394, onboard audio, and just about everything, but the parallel port. Our goal in doing this was to eliminate factors other than the processor in performance.