Socket 939 Roundup: Battle at the Topby Wesley Fink on July 30, 2004 8:00 AM EST
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DirectX 9 Gaming Performance
Intel's Socket 775 has not really changed anything in Gaming Performance. The Athlon 64 FX53 on a Socket 939 board still completely dominates gaming across the board. The general performance of the VIA and nVidia-based 939 boards was virtually the same in DirectX 9 games, with one notable exception. Microsoft's Halo performs almost 15% better on the nVidia nForce3 Ultra. We have no explanation for these performance differences with these chipsets in Halo, but we do plan to investigate this further when we can repeat the tests with an ATI X800 XT video card.