SiSoft Sandra Memory Bandwidth

By Joel Durham Jr.  |  Posted 2002-01-29 Print this article Print


As we did in the last AMD DDR motherboard roundup, we used SiSoft Sandras SSE integer streaming test to measure the memory bandwidth of this batch. The trend continues: the results are telling of a serious deficiency on the part of the Soyo board. It came in more than 18% lower than its nearest competitor, the Gigabyte K7VTXH+, and a whopping 25% lower than the ABIT KR7A, which, by the way, burned through this benchmark without breaking a sweat.

Whether that harkens to a memory bandwidth deficiency with the ALi MAGiK1, or just with the Soyo K7ADA, cannot be determined without a wider sampling of ALi product. Its also possible that BIOS updates could improve the memory performance of the relatively new K7ADA.

Joel Durham Jr. has loved computers, technology, and gaming since he was a kid, first enjoying the wonders of the Atari 2600 and later indulging in the fabulous graphics of the Commodore 64. His lust for all things technical drove him to eventually seek employment: he landed a job at Computer Concepts, a Rochester-based PC consulting and repair firm, where the company president took Joel on as his apprentice. Within a year, Joel was running the service shop, installing networks for clients, and building systems with glee.

A writer at heart, Joel longed for the glory of seeing his words in print, so in 1997 he left his shop to take a job as PC Gamer's first Technical Editor. After leaving that post to flee the ridiculous cost of living in northern California, Joel worked mostly as a freelance tech writer, taking a year-long break from the mercenary life to telecommute to CNET as the Senior Technical Editor of the now-sadly-defunct Gamecenter. Residing in Upstate New York with his family, Joel repeatedly flung himself at ExtremeTech (which often used his freelance services over the years) until he convinced them to hire him.


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