All testing was done on a fresh install of Windows XP Professional build 2600 with Service Pack 1A and DirectX 9.0b. All benchmarks were completed on the desktop with no other software programs running. No overclocking was done on the video card unless noted. Our testing processor was an unlocked Intel Pentium 4 3.2C. Our testing was done at 266×12 = 3.2GHz with H/T enabled. The audio, USB, Firewire, and lan features were disabled in the BIOS menu for all the testing competed during this review. All memory was set at 3-4-4-8, 1T timings.
All testing was completed at 2.85Vdimm unless otherwise noted!
Sisoft Sandra 2004 is designed to test the theoretical power of a complete system and individual components. The numbers taken though are, again, purely theoretical and may not represent real world performance. Higher numbers represent better performance in memory bandwidth.
We included some Mushkin PC-4000 memory to show the improvements of PC-4300. Think of the Mushkin memory as the control in this benchmark. At 533MHz DDR we notice a significant increase in bandwidth over memory run at 500MHz. Corsair and HyperX are too close to call a winner after we averaged the flt and int scores found by benchmarking.