nForce 2 and KT400 in a duel: Asus A7N8X Deluxe against EPoX 8RDA + and EP-8K9A2 +

nForce 2 and KT400 in a duel: Asus A7N8X Deluxe against EPoX 8RDA + and EP-8K9A2 +

Test system

Compared to our old configuration, the test system was updated properly. The Athlon XP 1700+ gave way to an XP2600 + (FSB333) and the old GeForce 2 Ultra to a Ti4400 from Asus. We donated the latest Service Pack 1 to Windows XP and the drivers were also given a makeover. The current Detonator 41.09 was used for the graphics. The 4in1 driver 4.45 'Hyperion' made the VIA chipset work.

We tested all three boards with an FSB of 166MHz and a synchronously clocked memory (DDR333). For the sake of clarity, we have omitted a test on FSB266. For one thing, FSB333 processors already solve itin the near future the old colleagues. On the other hand, every owner of an 'old' Athlon XP would actually be advised to lower the multiplier using the unlock method and to drive the FSB to a synchronous ratio to the DDR333.

That the asynchronous operation of the nForce 2 with considerable In our article FSB400 - A touch of Barton a few weeks ago, we demonstrated performance drops.

  • Processor
    • AMD Athlon XP 2600+ (FSB333)
  • Motherboard
    • Asus A7N8X (nForce 2)
    • EPoX 8RDA + (nForce 2)
    • EPoX 8K9A2 + (KT400)
  • RAM
    • 2x256MB DDR333 Corsair XMS3000C2
  • Graphics card
    • Asus V8440 (GeForce4 Ti4400)
  • Peripherals
    • Waitec Storm 40
    • IBM IC35LC040
  • Driver versions
    • nVidia Detonator 41.09
    • Via 4in1 4.45 'Hyperion'
  • Software
    • Windows XP Professional SP1


  • Synthetic benchmarks
    • Cachemem
    • Sisoft Sandra 2003 Pro
    • Madonion PCMark2002
    • Madonion 3DMark 2001 SE
  • Games
    • Epic Games Unreal Tournament 2003
    • NovaLogic Comanche 4
    • id Software Quake 3 Arena
  • Applications
    • Winace 2.11
    • Lame 3.91
    • Seti @ Home
  • 3D Render Performance
    • Maxon Cinema 4D XL R8

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