Equipping the aging Pentium MMX with the 100MHz Front Side Bus setting present on Super7 motherboards breathes new life into the processor platform.  The results are quite nice, and are even giving the 300MHz K6-2 a run for the money. 

Quake 2 640 x 480 OpenGL Tests - Intel Pentium MMX 200 (100 x 2.0)

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Timedemo
DEMO 1 Massive 1
3Dfx Voodoo 1 (PCI) 19.0 fps 18.2 fps
3D Rage Pro (AGP) 12.5 fps 10.4 fps
Intel 740 (AGP) 19.6 fps 15.5 fps
nVidia Riva 128 (AGP) 24.1 fps 18.3 fps

Intel's own i740 once again takes a backseat to the nVidia Riva 128 by a noticeable difference of around 5 fps in normal gameplay.   The i740 seems to be a weaker multiplayer chipset since its 'Massive 1' (Multiplayer Netplay Demo) scores are well below those of the Riva 128 and the Voodoo 1.   If you are a Netplay advocate, then you may want to leave the i740 out of your possible choices.

Quake 2 640 x 480 OpenGL Tests - Intel Pentium MMX 233 (66 x 3.5)

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Timedemo
DEMO 1 Massive 1
3Dfx Voodoo 1 (PCI) 19.9 fps 18.7 fps
3D Rage Pro (AGP) 12.0 fps 10.0 fps
Intel 740 (AGP) 17.0 fps 13.6 fps
nVidia Riva 128 (AGP) 22.8 fps 17.3 fps

Once again, the 66MHz FSB takes the Voodoo 1 up to 2nd place and leaves the i740 as close to the 3D Rage Pro as possible.  For your Pentium MMX 233, the choice is clear, the Riva 128 has what it takes to be a wonderful Super7 companion. 

Quake 2 640 x 480 OpenGL Tests - Intel Pentium MMX 250 (100 x 2.5)

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Timedemo
DEMO 1 Massive 1
3Dfx Voodoo 1 (PCI) 19.9 fps 18.7 fps
3D Rage Pro (AGP) 13.5 fps 11.3 fps
Intel 740 (AGP) 21.8 fps 17.3 fps
nVidia Riva 128 (AGP) 27.8 fps 21.1 fps

The 250MHz setting seems to be the Super7 "sweet-spot" as it provides frame rates closer to a smooth 30 fps than even the K6-2 running at 300MHz.  This is courtesy of the strong FPU of the Pentium MMX, however as far as the rankings go, there is no real change.  The first place position still belongs to the Riva 128.

Quake 2 800 x 600 OpenGL Tests - Intel Pentium MMX 200 (100 x 2.0)

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Timedemo
DEMO 1 Massive 1
3Dfx Voodoo 1 (PCI) N/A N/A
3D Rage Pro (AGP) 10.6 fps 9.8 fps
Intel 740 (AGP) 18.5 fps 15.1 fps
nVidia Riva 128 (AGP) 23.8 fps 18.2 fps


Quake 2 800 x 600 OpenGL Tests - Intel Pentium MMX 233 (66 x 3.5)

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Timedemo
DEMO 1 Massive 1
3Dfx Voodoo 1 (PCI) N/A N/A
3D Rage Pro (AGP) 10.2 fps 8.7 fps
Intel 740 (AGP) 16.1 fps 13.2 fps
nVidia Riva 128 (AGP) 22.6 fps 17.1 fps


Quake 2 800 x 600 OpenGL Tests - Intel Pentium MMX 250 (100 x 2.5)

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Timedemo
DEMO 1 Massive 1
3Dfx Voodoo 1 (PCI) N/A N/A
3D Rage Pro (AGP) 11.1 fps 9.7 fps
Intel 740 (AGP) 20.5 fps 16.8 fps
nVidia Riva 128 (AGP) 26.5 fps 20.5 fps

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