The Test

With four different interface requirements (Slot-1, Socket-370, Slot-A, Super Socket-7) included in this comparison, leveling the playing field was a somewhat difficult task however it was accomplished to the best of our abilities nevertheless.  All Socket-370 CPUs were run using a Socket-370 to Slot-1 adapter card, therefore eliminating any differences between motherboards in the benchmarks comparing Socket-370 and Slot-1 processors.  Since the test hard drive was the IBM Deskstar 22GXP, a Ultra ATA 66 HDD, and the AMD 750 chipset used on all Athlon boards natively supports Ultra ATA 66, the Promise Ultra 66 adapter card was used in all test systems without native support for Ultra ATA 66 in order to further level the playing field. 

The Test Systems were configured as follows:

Windows 98 SE Test System

Hardware

CPU(s)

Intel Pentium II 233
Intel Pentium II 266
Intel Pentium II 300
Intel Pentium II 333
Intel Pentium II 350
Intel Pentium II 400
Intel Pentium III 450
Intel Pentium III 500
Intel Pentium III 550
Intel Pentium III 600

Intel Celeron 333
Intel Celeron 366
Intel Celeron 400
Intel Celeron 433
Intel Celeron 466
Intel Celeron 500
AMD K6-2 300
AMD K6-2 333
AMD K6-2 350
AMD K6-2 400
AMD K6-2 475
AMD K6-III 450
AMD Athlon 600
AMD Athlon 650
Motherboard(s) ABIT BX6 R2 ABIT BX6 R2 + "Sloket" Adapter Tyan Trinity S1598 FIC SD11
Memory

128MB PC133 Corsair SDRAM

Hard Drive

IBM Deskstar 22GXP 22GB Ultra ATA 66 HDD

CDROM

Phillips 48X

Disk Controller

Promise Ultra 66 - Ultra ATA 66 Controller

Video Card

Diamond Viper V770 Ultra clocked at 150/183MHz (core/mem)

Ethernet

Linksys LNE100TX 100Mbit PCI Ethernet Adapter

Software

Operating System

Windows 98 SE

Video Drivers

NVIDIA Reference Detonator 2.08 drivers

Benchmarking Applications

Business

Ziff Davis Winstone 99
BAPCo SYSmark 98
Intel Performance Measurement Utility  - Business Application Launcher 1.2
Intel Performance Measurement Utility  - Consumer Application Launcher 1.0
AMD Benchmark Suite

Gaming

idSoftware Quake 3 Test 1.08 (OpenGL)
idSoftware Quake 2 (OpenGL)
Valve Half-Life (OpenGL)
Rage Expendable (Direct3D)

 

Windows NT 4 Test System

Hardware

CPU(s)

Intel Pentium II 233
Intel Pentium II 266
Intel Pentium II 300
Intel Pentium II 333
Intel Pentium II 350
Intel Pentium II 400
Intel Pentium III 450
Intel Pentium III 500
Intel Pentium III 550
Intel Pentium III 600

Intel Celeron 333
Intel Celeron 366
Intel Celeron 400
Intel Celeron 433
Intel Celeron 466
Intel Celeron 500
AMD K6-2 300
AMD K6-2 333
AMD K6-2 350
AMD K6-2 400
AMD K6-2 475
AMD K6-III 450
AMD Athlon 600
AMD Athlon 650
Motherboard(s) Soyo SY-D6IBA2 Soyo SY-D6IBA2 + "Sloket" Adapter Tyan Trinity S1598 FIC SD11
Memory

128MB PC133 Corsair SDRAM

Hard Drive

IBM Deskstar 22GXP 22GB Ultra ATA 66 HDD

CDROM

Phillips 48X

Disk Controller

Promise Ultra 66 - Ultra ATA 66 Controller

Video Card

Diamond Viper V770 Ultra clocked at 150/183MHz (core/mem)

Ethernet

Linksys LNE100TX 100Mbit PCI Ethernet Adapter

Software

Operating System

Windows NT 4 + Service Pack 5

Video Drivers

NVIDIA Reference Detonator 2.08 drivers

Benchmarking Applications

Business

Ziff Davis Winstone 99
BAPCo SYSmark 98
Intel Performance Measurement Utility  - Business Application Launcher 1.2
Intel Performance Measurement Utility  - Consumer Application Launcher 1.0
AMD Benchmark Suite

Professional

3D Studio MAX R2.5

Gaming

idSoftware Quake 3 Test 1.08 (OpenGL)

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