Gaming Tests

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

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To get a real feel for the processors FPU power and the motherboards subsystem efficiency, we run the wholly synthetic 3DMark2001 in low res mode and turn off hardware support for transform and lighting, forcing the processor to do the work. At last, we saw some real variance among the individual motherboards.

In Windows 2000, the ECS K7VTA3 limped to the finish, lagging about 8% behind the benchmark-leading Shuttle AK35GRT. Notice that the Soyos score is missing from the chart; it couldnt complete the tests in either operating system without crashing.

Meanwhile, in Windows Me, the results were closer. The DFI AD70-SR reared its head and took the lead by a nose--or should we say a resistor?

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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