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    AMD Athlon XP 2700+ Review
    By Vince Freeman :  October 1, 2002

    Performance

    The first point to address is that we will be testing only the Athlon XP 2700+ in this performance section. Although we would have loved to get our hands on an Athlon XP 2800+, supplies were extremely limited and the 2800+ was unavailable for our testing. On the other hand, the Athlon XP 2700+ includes the same 333 MHz front-side bus upgrade, and its 2.17 GHz core speed is only marginally lower than the 2.25 GHz offered by the Athlon XP 2800+. To highlight any performance differences, we have included benchmark scores using the Athlon XP 2600+ and 2200+, along with the Intel Pentium 4-2.8 GHz, 2.53 GHz and 2.4B GHz processors.

    Our AMD platform is once again the EPoX 8K3A+, which is powered by the KT333, and is widely regarded as the fastest of its type. Our Intel Pentium 4 testing takes a look at both DDR and RDRAM sides of the coin, using i850E and SiS 645DX test systems. The i850E/PC800 RDRAM is included for high-end comparisons, but since DDR memory is a far more popular choice for new system buyers, the SiS 645DX is also present for straight DDR comparisons.

    512-MB of Crucial PC2700 comprises the memory portion of our test rigs, along with Kingston PC800 RDRAM for the i850E. All memory timings have been set to maximum (CAS2, etc.), DDR memory is at a full 166 MHz, though our i850E still uses the official Intel-supported 800 MHz bus speed. One area we have made a noted upgrade is to the video card portion. Since we're dealing with high-end processors, we have paired our reference systems with the Radeon 9700 Pro (using Catalyst 2.3 drivers) to show what these hotrod CPUs are really capable of.

    Windows XP Pro is the operating system of choice, and our benchmark list includes a wide range of system and gaming tests. These include Business and Content Creation Winstone, SiSoft SANDRA 2002 and PCMark 2002, along with popular 3D game tests like Unreal Tournament 2003, 3DMark 2001SE, Return to Castle Wolfenstein, Quake 3, Serious Sam 2, Comanche 4 and Jedi Knight II. Our default game benchmark setting is 1024x768x32, which is standard resolution used by the vast majority of gamers.

    Test Systems

    General Settings:
    Desktop Resolution: 1024x768
    Color Depth: 16-bit
    V-Sync: Disabled

    VIA KT333 - EPoX 8K3A+ Processor: Athlon XP 2700+, Athlon XP 2600+ & 2200+
    Memory: 512 MB Crucial PC2700 DIMM
    Motherboard: EPoX 8K3A+
    Motherboard chip set: VIA KT333
    ATI reference drivers: Catalyst 2.3
    Video Card: ATI Radeon 9700 Pro
    Hard-Drive: Western Digital 40GB 7200RPM ATA100
    IDE Interface: Ultra ATA/100
    Sound: Creative Labs Sound Blaster Live
    CD/DVD: Panasonic DVD-ROM
    Power Supply: Sparkle 400 Watt
    Operating System: Windows XP Pro

    Intel i850E - Intel D850EMV2 Motherboard
    Processors: 2.8, 2.53 and 2.4B GHz Intel Pentium 4
    Memory: 512 MB Kingston PC800 RDRAM
    Motherboard: Intel D850EMV2
    Motherboard chip set: Intel 850E
    ATI reference drivers: Catalyst 2.3
    Video Card: ATI Radeon 9700 Pro
    Hard-Drive: Western Digital 40GB 7200RPM ATA100
    IDE Interface: Ultra ATA100
    Sound: Creative Labs Sound Blaster Live
    CD/DVD: Panasonic DVD-ROM
    Power Supply: Sparkle 400 Watt
    Operating System: Windows XP Pro

    SiS 645DX - MSI 645E Max 2 Motherboard
    Processors: 2.8, 2.53 and 2.4B GHz Intel Pentium 4
    Memory: 512 MB Crucial PC2700 DIMM
    Motherboard: MSI 645E Max 2
    Motherboard chip set: SiS 645DX
    ATI reference drivers: Catalyst 2.3
    Video Card: ATI Radeon 9700 Pro
    Hard-Drive: Western Digital 40GB 7200RPM ATA100
    IDE Interface: Ultra ATA100
    Sound: Creative Labs Sound Blaster Live
    CD/DVD: Panasonic DVD-ROM
    Power Supply: Sparkle 400 Watt
    Operating System: Windows XP Pro

    Quake III Arena Test Specifics
    Version: 1.30 (retail)
    V-Sync: Disabled
    Sound Disabled
    Video Modes Tested
    : Normal: Defaults, 16-bit
    High Quality: Defaults
    Max: High Quality Default

    Return to Castle Wolfenstein Specifics:
    Version 1.0
    Normal and HQ Defaults
    Checkpoint MP demo

    Serious Sam: The Second Encounter Specifics:
    Version 1.05
    Elephant Atrium demo

    3DMark 2001 Pro SE Specifics
    : Version 1.0 Patched

    Content Creation: Winstone 2001 Test Specifics:
    Version: 1.0.3

    Business Winstone 2002 Test Specifics:
    Version 1.0.1
    PCMark 2002 Pro Test Specifics:
    Build 100
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    Page 1 Introduction
  • Page 2 Performance and Test Systems
    Page 3 Business and Content Creation Winstone Performance
    Page 4 SANDRA 2002 and PCMark 2002 Performance
    Page 5 3DMark 2001SE, Quake 3 & Serious Sam 2 Performance
    Page 6 Jedi Knight II, Comanche 4 and RtCW Performance
    Page 7 Unreal Tournament Performance & Benchmark Analysis
    Page 8 Value and Conclusion

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