ATi RADEON XPRESS 200 Series: AMD Platform Chipsets

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How we configured our test systems:  When configuring our test systems for this review, the first thing we did was enter the system BIOS and set each board to its "Optimized" or "High-Performance Defaults."  In the case of the RADEON XPRESS 200, we also set some BIOS options as per ATi's recommendation for optimal IGP performance.  The hard drives were then formatted, and Windows XP Professional (SP2) was installed. When the installation was complete, we hit the Windows Update site and downloaded all of the available updates.  Then we installed all of the necessary drivers and removed Windows Messenger from the system.  Auto-Updating and System Restore were also 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's Test Systems
Phew, Talk About High End
SYSTEM 1:
AMD Athlon 64 4000+ (2.4GHz)


ATI "Bullhead"

ATI RADEON XPRESS 200

2x512MB Corsair PC3200
CL2 (2-2-2-5)

NVIDIA GeForce 6800 GT

ATI RADEON XPRESS 200 IGP

On-Board 10/100 / 1000 Ethernet
On-Board Audio

WD "Raptor" 36GB Hard Drive
10,000 RPM SATA

Windows XP Pro SP2 (Fully Patched)
NVIDIA Forceware v66.81

ATI Catalyst v4.10
DirectX 9.0c
SYSTEM 2:
AMD Athlon 64 FX-53 (2.4GHz)

AMD Athlon 64 4000+ (2.4GHz)
AMD Athlon 64 3800+ (2.4GHz)

MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum
NVIDIA nForce 3 Ultra Chipset

2x512MB Corsair PC3200
CL2 (2-2-2-5)

NVIDIA GeForce 6800 GT


On-Board 10/100 / 1000 Ethernet
On-Board Audio

WD "Raptor" 36GB Hard Drive
10,000 RPM SATA

Windows XP Pro SP2 (Fully Patched)
NVIDIA Forceware v66.81
DirectX 9.0c
SYSTEM 3:
Pentium 4 560 3.6GHz
Pentium 4 Extreme Edition 3.4GHz

ASUS P5AD2

i925X Chipset

2x512MB Corsair DDR2 533

CL3

NVIDIA GeForce 6800 GT


On-Board 10/100 /1000 Ethernet
On-Board Audio

WD "Raptor" 36GB Hard Drive
10,000 RPM SATA

Windows XP Pro SP2 (Fully Patched)
NVIDIA Forceware v66.81
DirectX 9.0c
SiSoftware SANDRA 2004
Synthetic CPU & Memory Benchmarks

We began our testing with SiSoftware's SANDRA 2004, the System ANalyzer, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant.  SANDRA consists of a set of information and diagnostic utilities that can provide a host of useful information about your hardware and operating system.  We ran four of the built-in subsystem tests that comprise the SANDRA 2004 suite (CPU, Multimedia, Memory and File System).  All of these tests were run with our Athlon 64 4000+ processor set to its default clock speeds of 2.4GHz (12 x 200MHz).


CPU Test
Using IGP


Multimedia Test
Using IGP


Memory Test
Using IGP


File System Test
Using IGP


CPU Test
Using Discreet GFX

Multimedia Test
Using Discreet GFX

Memory Test
Using Discreet GFX

File System Test
Using Discreet GFX

Throughout this review, we ran two sets of benchmarks with the RADEON XPRESS 200; one set using the built-in IGP and one using a discreet graphics card.  As you can see, using the IGP had virtually no impact on the CPU Arithmetic and Multimedia tests.  And the file system benchmark didn't show any variation either. In the Memory Bandwidth benchmark, however, using the IGP did have a measurable affect on performance.  When using the IGP, memory bandwidth dropped by about 200MB/s.


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