Date: March 13th, 2003.
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner, Head Editor & Hardware Reviewer)
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BENCHMARKING COMPUTER #2
Again, the second computer consists of:
Via P4PB Ultra
Intel 2.4Ghz 533Mhz FSB
Nvidia Geforce 4 MX480 (8X AGP, NV18 Core, DX7 Compliant)
Detonator 41.09 Drivers
256 Megs Crucial DDR333
Maxtor ATA-133 7200rpm 30 gig Drive
Windows 2000 Pro SP3
Via Hyperion 4.45 & 4.46 Chipset Drivers
Let's see if this system based on the exact same chipset (P4X400) performs the same way. The only difference is that I will not be able to run 3DMark 2003 seeing that I didn't install DirectX 9 on this particular computer because both I wanted to test the drivers with Directx 8 to see if there was any performance difference and the MX480 NV18 core is only DirectX 7 compliant.
Let's put the drivers through their paces.
Let's see the results on this particular board with the 4.45 drivers installed....
A respectable score seeing that I am using a slower CPU.
Now, as you can see, I lost 12 points in the CPU score, I gained a point in the memory score and my hard drive increased by 8 points. This is the kind of result I would be expecting, but seeing that the CPU score dropped a bit, I am still not happy.
Let's see how the 3Dmark pans out.....
A baseline score with the 4.45's...
The result of the 4.46 installation is an increase of 16 3dmarks. A small increase like this is not what I was expecting and wouldn't even be noticeable during a game.
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