VIA PT894 & PT880 Pro Chipset Preview

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HotHardware's Test Systems
Powered by Intel's Pentium 4
SYSTEM 1:
Intel Pentium 4 3.4 GHz Extreme Edition

Intel D925XECV2 Motherboard
Intel D915GUX Motherboard

2x512MB Corsair PC4400 Pro Series
CL3 (3-3-3-8)

NVIDIA GeForce 6800 Ultra PCI Express


On-Board Gigabit Ethernet

WD Raptor 36GB Hard Drive
10,000 RPM SATA

Windows XP Pro SP2 (Fully Patched)
NVIDIA Forceware v66.93
DirectX 9.0c
SYSTEM 2:
Intel Pentium 4 3.4GHz Extreme Edition

VIA PT880 Pro Reference Motherboard

VIA PT894 Reference Motherboard

2x512MB Corsair PC4000 Pro Series DDR

CL3 (3-4-4-8)
2x512MB Corsair PC4400 Pro Series DDR2
CL3 (3-3-3-8)

NVIDIA GeForce 6800 Ultra PCI Express


On-Board 10/100 Ethernet

WD Raptor 36GB Hard Drive
10,000 RPM SATA

Windows XP Pro SP2 (Fully Patched)
NVIDIA Forceware v66.93
DirectX 9.0c
SiSoftware SANDRA 2005
Synthetic Memory Benchmarks

There are a few points to make here. First, processor performance is fairly constant across the four tested platforms. No matter who you go with, Intel or VIA, the Pentium 4 turns in stable numbers. Memory bandwidth is another story entirely, though. Intel's 925XE sweeps the bandwidth test with DDR2 memory running aggressive 3-3-3-8 timings. The 915G board isn't equipped with voltage settings and consequentially isn't capable of those settings. Even still, it turns in respectable numbers at 533 MHz.

VIA's PT880 Pro does fairly well using standard DDR400 memory configured with ultra-tight 2-2-2-5 latencies. It doesn't quite keep up with Intel's chipsets, but that's to be somewhat expected from a value-oriented platform. The real surprise comes when VIA's PT894 is put through its paces. Despite running DDR2-533 at 3-3-3-8, the chipset simply delivers underwhelming performance akin to what we saw from VIA in the early days of its DDR memory controllers. It may be premature to judge, especially considering the early reference sample we're examining here, but we hope VIA is able to improve memory performance and stability.


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