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It's this graph that most people are going to see and think, Epox EP-8K3A the benefit of running DDR then? What Sandra is really measuring here is the bandwidth the host processor can make use of from what's available Epox EP-8K3A the memory controller.

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Think about it like that and you see why the figures are so close together. We'll need to make use of other benchmarks to highlight the performance advantage that occurs. The graph just shows the CPU is working properly. Next up Epox EP-8K3A have Quake3. Given a fast graphics card, you are able to see the effect that memory bandwidth has on the system when you use Quake3. The fast graphics card allows you to remove it as a bottleneck in Epox EP-8K3A system and leave other variables that influence system performance.

Epox EP-8K3A the following graph, all that is changed is the memory clock via a reboot. As you can see, running the memory bus at MHz and giving us the extra bandwidth shows us a slight but measureable performance increase. The effect isn't pronounced you need a combination of extra bandwidth and an overclocked host bus to take proper advantage of it but the increase does have an effect. At identical clocks, KT and hence the test board will be faster than KT Not by much, but measurable. A small but measurable increase in performance from the free memory bandwidth that we gain. A 60 point gain I measured over points from some runs doesn't seem like very much but it happens every time showing you that the memory bandwidth we have extra from KT is helping performance. Latency on DDR memory subsystems actually increases when you run asynchronous to the front side bus, negating some of the performance, but on the whole performance rises.

Epox EP-8K3A Motherboard

We see that here and it's as we expected. Onto Aquamark, our shader-heavy DirectX 8. Like before, a small but appreciable difference in performance is what we are looking for. Epox EP-8K3A

Lastly in our look at general performance we have Serious Sam: We're looking for the same results here. More performance at stock clocks and our little increase when running asynchronous. Again, predictably, we get what we expected. The results are higher than any KTA results we've Epox EP-8K3A, although only by very small amounts which again highlights something we'll touch on in the conclusion so keep reading.

Also, our asynchrous runs show the little increase we need to validate the mode. Onto the performance conclusion where we'll also touch on some issues pertaining to the Athlon XP platform in general. VIA have tweaked the memory controller a little bit more since KTA the KT controller will appear in P4X soon so performance at the same clocks will increase by a Epox EP-8K3A margin.

The reason lies in the fact that the Athlon XP can't make much direct use Epox EP-8K3A the extra bandwidth. Sure it leaves some free for the rest of the system to utilise, but by and large the headroom doesn't make much difference.


Latency on the memory increases actually negating some of the new bandwidth performance you get. DDR memory is happiest running at the same clock as the host bus front side bus so that wait states between the Epox EP-8K3A are minimised. That leads us nicely onto a general observation about the platform.

EPoX EP-8K3A+ - motherboard - ATX - Socket A - KT333

It's quite obvious that Athlon XP could do with a front side bus hike to let it use more memory bandwidth. A move to MHz memory clock coupled with new DDR memory would give the platform an overall performance boost. The CPU can use 2. The higher speed offsets some of the latency increase and everything moves a bit Epox EP-8K3A. Multipliers can be lowered and given a proper process shrink, the CPU has some headroom left in Epox EP-8K3A for a while before Hammer hits.


So what is the Epox EP-8K3A 8K3A like in practise after all Epox EP-8K3A benchmarks are run the EP-8K3A, appear shortly after the launch of VIA's new baby. Back in April we took a look at the EPoX EP-8K3A, EPoX's flagship Socket A motherboard along with its RAID equipped sibling the 8K3A+.

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