VIA 4in1 Hyperion: remeasured
Since we are currently working on an article about the nForce 2 and KT400 and have quickly resorted to the new, highly praised 4in1 4.45 'Hyperion', we were now able to get an idea of its performance in everyday practice.
Hailed by many as a declaration of war on the nForce 2, the package unleashes a few additional power reserves in AGP-heavy applications, but the KT400 still does not even come close to the king of AMD boards, the chip from nVidia . Quake3Arena, in particular, where the first reports reported a drastic increase in performance, the chip is a good 10% behind.
- nForce 2 (8RDA +), FSB333, DDR33312.793
- KT400 (8K9A2 +), FSB333, DDR33312.432
- nForce 2 (8RDA +), FSB333, DDR33349,30
- KT400 (8K9A2 +), FSB333, DDR33346.65
- nForce 2 ( 8RDA +), FSB333, DDR3333: 11
- KT400 (8K9A2 +), FSB333, DDR3333:27
Both boards had to be satisfied with an Athlon XP2600 + (FSB333), 2x256MB Corsair XMS3000CL2 and a GeForce 4 Ti4400. Memory and CPU ran synchronously, as experience has shown that both chipsets work most efficiently here. The timings were identical on both boards2-2-2-5-1.
The reason for the lousy situation is likely to continue to be the considerably poorer memory timing compared to the nForce 2. The chip from nVidia is a good 20% faster. Even an AGP driver can't shake it.
- Memory latencies:
- nForce 2 (8RDA +), FSB333, DDR333227
- KT400 (8K9A2 +), FSB333, DDR333279