We'll wrap it up with a benchmark round from Unreal Tournament 2003. We utilized a simple benchmark script that does "Fly By" demos on the Antalus, Asbestos and Citadel levels. We set the resolution to 640X480, so as to take as much of the workload off the GeForce4 as possible and place it on CPU and System Bandwidth.
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Here we are seeing some impressive numbers in these benchmarks. The Tyan S2495 motherboard keeps close to the nForce2 motherboards in the Antalus and Citadel Fly-by's but falls pretty far behind in the Asbestos Fly-By. I would imagine that the Asbestos Fly-By is much more memory and CPU intensive than the other two fly-by's, thus taking advantage of the added memory bandwidth that the nForce2 chipset provides. In any case, the Tyan S2495 is putting up some great frame rates and handles Unreal Tournament 2003 without breaking a sweat.
The Tyan S2495 KT400 motherboard is one of the most stable motherboards we have tested in a long time. Not once through all of the testing did our motherboard crash. You may be asking why we did a comparison to the nForce2 chipset. It was only four to five short months ago that the VIA KTXXX chipsets were considered by most to be the leading offering in the AMD field. Nothing could match the performance or the features that the KTXXX chipsets offered. Now that the nForce2 chipset with its Dual DDR support has come into play, we have seen a new leader evolve. This comparison shows, what we would like to believe is the passing of the torch, as far as the past chipset leader (KT333/KT400) to the new chipset leader (nForce2) and as far as AMD processors are concerned.
Tyan S2495 Trinity KT400 Analysis:
The Tyan S2495 Trinity KT400 board is quite an offering. Many people seem to have forgotten that the KT400 chipset offers so much and the Tyan board takes full advantage of the KT400 chipset's abilities. This motherboard offers AGP 8X, DDR400 support (not guaranteed), USB 2.0, 10/100Mb/s LAN, Onboard 6 channel sound, IDE RAID, SATA RAID and much more. Besides this board being packed full of goodies, it also offers top notch performance. The Tyan S2495 managed to perform without a glitch and is as stable a motherboard as we've have seen. I think this board is a perfect match for anyone looking for a feature packed board that will perform as solid as a rock from day one. Although it is not an overclocker's dream, it also offers some good overclocking abilities, for those looking to push the envelope a little further. If what you're looking for is a stable motherboard with loads of features, then take a look at Tyan's new S2495 Trinity.
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- DDR400 support not guaranteed
- Missing some overclocking features
- nForce2 is available for same price
We're giving the Tyan S2495 Trinity KT400 a HotHardware Heat Meter rating of 8.
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