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VIA KT333 in the test: EPoX 8K3A + against MSI KT3 Ultra ARU

VIA KT333 in the test: EPoX 8K3A + against MSI KT3 Ultra ARU

Table of contents
  1. 1 Introduction
  2. Addendum: Elitegroup K7S6A
  3. Are you spoiled for choice?
  4. 2 EPoX 8K3A +
    1. Scope of delivery & documentation
    2. Equipment/layout
    3. Bios/overclocking
  5. 3 MSI KT3 Ultra ARU
    1. Scope of delivery & documentation
    2. Equipment/Layout
    3. Bios/Overclocking
  6. 4 Test system
    1. SiSoft Sandra 2002 - Memory Test
    2. WinACE 2.11
    3. CineBench 2000
    4. 5 Quake3Arena
    5. Vulpine GLMark v1.1
    6. 6 3DMark 2000 v1.1
    7. CPUMark
    8. 3DMark 2001
  7. 7 Conclusion VIA KT333
  8. Rating EPoX 8K3A +
  9. Rating MSI KT3 Ultra (ARU)

3DMark 2000 v1.1

MadOnion.com 3DMark 2000 v1.1
  • Default:
    • MSI KT3 Ultra DDR333 CL2.5 (AtP 5)
      10.271
    • EPoX 8K3A + DDR333 CL2.0
      10.263
    • Asus A7N266-C DDR266 CL2.0 (Dual Channel)
      10.236
    • EPoX 8KHA + DDR266 CL2.0
      10.198
    • MSI KT3 Ultra DDR333 CL2.5 (AtP 6)
      10.122
    • EPoX 8K3A + DDR333 CL2.5
      10.114
    • EPoX 8K3A + DDR266 CL2.0
      10.075
    • MSI KT3 Ultra DDR266 CL2.0
      9,963
  • 640x480 @ 16Bit:
    • EPoX 8K3A + DDR333CL2.0
      11.938
    • Asus A7N266-C DDR266 CL2.0 (Dual Channel )
      11.924
    • MSI KT3 Ultra DDR333 CL2.5 (AtP 5)
      11,871
    • EPoX 8KHA + DDR266 CL2.0
      11.849
    • MSI KT3 Ultra DDR333 CL2.5 (AtP 6)
      11,474
    • EPoX 8K3A + DDR333 CL2.5
      11,329
    • EPoX 8K3A + DDR266 CL2.0
      11.215
    • MSI KT3 Ultra DDR266 CL2.0
      11.004

New benchmark, old picture. While the fast-timed versions of the 8K3A + and KT3 Ultra compete again and this time successfully with the KT266A and nForce 415-D, the slower versions cannot convince. The technological lead fizzles out completely in this operating mode.

CPUMark

CPUMark
Unit: Points
    • EPoX 8KHA + DDR266 CL2.0
      651
    • Asus A7N266-C DDR266 CL2.0 (Dual Channel)
      645
    • EPoX 8K3A + DDR333 CL2.0
      643
    • MSI KT3 Ultra DDR333 CL2.5 (AtP 5)
      642
    • EPoX 8K3A + DDR333 CL2 .5
      633
    • MSI KT3 Ultra DDR333 CL2.5 (AtP 6)
      630
    • EPoX 8K3A + DDR266 CL2.0
      627
    • MSI KT3 Ultra DDR266 CL2.0
      619

The CPUMark seems to be one reason for the very good performance of the KT266A and nF orce to deliver. Here they cutBoards with these chipsets perform best by far. The gap between the 8K3A + with DDR266 @ CL2.0 and the EPoX 8KHA + with DDR266 @ CL2.0 is 4%.

3DMark 2001

MadOnion.com 3DMark 2001
Unit: Points
    • EPoX 8K3A + DDR333 CL2.0
      5.207
    • MSI KT3 Ultra DDR333 CL2.5 (AtP 5)
      5.196
    • EPoX 8KHA + DDR266 CL2.0
      5.130
    • EPoX 8K3A + DDR333 CL2.5
      5.061
    • Asus A7N266-C DDR266 CL2.0 (Dual Channel)
      5.057
    • EPoX 8K3A + DDR266 CL2.0
      5.036
    • MSI KT3 Ultra DDR333 CL2.5 (AtP 6)
      5.034
    • MSI KT3 Ultra DDR266 CL2.0
      5.005

In the last disc iplin manages the KT333 again to leave the field as the winner. However, only in the very memory-demanding operating mode. The less optimized settings clearly fall behind.

On the next page: Conclusion VIA KT333

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