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HOW WE CONFIGURED THE TEST SYSTEMS: We tried to ensure that all of our test systems were configured as similarly as possible.  Both the Sempron and the Celeron test systems were equipped with identical hardware, with the obvious exceptions being the motherboards and processors.  The video cards, hard drives, memory, driver versions (where applicable), and OS configurations were identical.  Before we started benchmarking, we entered the system BIOS and set each board to its "optimized defaults."  We then configured our RAM to run at DDR400.

The hard drives were then formatted and Windows XP Professional (SP2) was installed.  Then we installed all of the necessary drivers and removed Windows Messenger from the system.  Auto Updating and System Restore were disabled and we set up a 768MB permanent page file on the same partition as the Windows installation.  Lastly, we set Windows XP's Visual Effects to "best performance," installed all of our benchmarking software, defragged the hard drives, and ran all of the tests.

HotHardware Test Bed
Covering The Bases
System 1:
AMD Sempron 3400+ (2.0GHz)
MSI K8N Neo Platinum
NVIDIA nForce 3 250Gb
2X256MB Kingston PC3500
NVIDIA GeForce 6800
Onboard 10/100 Ethernet
Onboard Audio
Western Digital 80GB 7200RPM
Windows XP Pro SP2
NVIDIA Unified Driver v5.1
NVIDIA ForceWare v77.72
DirectX 9.0c
System 2:
AMD Sempron 3300+ (2.0GHz)
MSI K8N Neo Platinum
NVIDIA nForce 3 250Gb
2X256MB Kingston PC3500
NVIDIA GeForce 6800
Onboard 10/100 Ethernet
Onboard Audio
Western Digital 80GB 7200RPM
Windows XP Pro SP2
NVIDIA Unified Driver v5.1
NVIDIA ForceWare v77.72
DirectX 9.0c
System 3:
AMD Sempron 3100+ (1.8GHz)
MSI K8N Neo Platinum
NVIDIA nForce 3 250Gb
2X256MB Kingston PC3500
NVIDIA GeForce 6800
Onboard 10/100 Ethernet
Onboard Audio
Western Digital 80GB 7200RPM
Windows XP Pro SP2
NVIDIA Unified Driver v5.1
NVIDIA ForceWare v77.72
DirectX 9.0c
System 4:
Intel Celeron D 335 (2.8GHz)
ABIT AI7 865 Motherboard
Intel 865 Chipset
2X256MB Kingston PC3500
NVIDIA GeForce 6800
Onboard 10/1000 Ethernet
Onboard Audio
Western Digital 80GB 7200RPM

Windows XP Pro SP2
Intel Chipset Drivers v6.3.0.1007
NVIDIA ForceWare v77.72
DirectX 9.0c

SiSoft Sandra 2004

AMD Sempron 3400+ @ 2.0GHz.

CPU

Multimedia

Memory

Cache

AMD Sempron 3300+ @ 2.0GHz.

CPU

Multimedia

Memory

Cache

Running the common CPU, Multimedia, Memory and Cache modules in SiSoft Sandra was rather uneventful.  Like CPU-Z, we referenced the Sempron 3300+ as it is the closest match to the Sempron 3400+.  In fact, as the results show, the two processors' synthetic performance results were virtually identical in all four tests.  We never saw any major differences in performance throughout each test, only further confirming that, aside from L2 Cache and 64-Bit support, the two CPUs are very similar.

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