Gaming Tests

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

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No benchmarking suite would be complete without Quake 3 Arena. For motherboard testing, we run the benchmark at its fastest setting, which gives a better test of a motherboards bandwidth efficiency since it doesnt require much in the way of video card muscle.

In Windows 2000, the ABIT KR7A RAID came out ahead followed very closely by the ECS K7VTA3, while the Gigabyte K7VTXH+ lagged behind the others. It made up for the difference by taking the flag in the first Windows Me test, and competing quite well in the Windows Me high polygon benchmark.

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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