NVIDIA nForce4 Chipset Preview

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HotHardware's Test Systems
How's this for cutting-edge?
SYSTEM 1:
AMD Athlon 64 FX-55 (2.6GHz)

NVIDIA Reference nForce4 Motherboard
NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra Chipset

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

NVIDIA GeForce 6800 Ultra PCI Express


On-Board 10/100 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 2:
AMD Athlon 64 FX-55 (2.6GHz)

MSI K8N Neo2

NVIDIA nForce3 Ultra Chipset

2x512MB Corsair PC3200 "XL"

CL2 (2-2-2-5)

NVIDIA GeForce 6800 Ultra AGP 8x


On-Board 10/100 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 Memory Benchmarks

Again, this is one area where NVIDIA has a hard time differentiating itself, since the Athlon 64 FX's memory controller is integrated into the processing core.

Indeed, there's hardly any difference moving from nForce3 Ultra to nForce4 Ultra, at least when it comes to memory performance. And because Corsair has already topped out at 2-2-2-5 timings, we don't expect to see much more real-world throughput anyway. As it is, AMD64 is running at more than 95 percent efficiency on its memory controller - a figure that we never would have seen from external controllers.

 


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