VIA's P4XB P4X266A Motherboard!

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VIA's P4XB P4X266A Motherboard
Yes, VIA is Selling Motherboards Now!

By, Marco Chiappetta
February 14, 2002

We can't tell the whole story with synthetic benchmarks alone.  Next up, we'll move on to some gaming and "real world" tests.  First, we ran time demos with Quake 3 Arena v1.17 (Demo001), set to the "Fastest" video settings, at a low resolution (640x480x16) to isolate CPU performance.

Some OpenGL Performance
This is the Benchmark that never ends!


These results speak for themselves.  The P4X266A powered P4XB simply dominated in the low-res Quake 3 tests with a 30 FPS lead over the i845.  VIA's advantage in this test can be directly attributed to the increased memory bandwidth and very efficient memory controller of the P4X266A.

More Performance
More of the Good Stuff!

We also ran ZD Labs' Business Winstone and Content Creation Winstone 2001 benchmarks on the P4XB.  If your interested in knowing exactly what this test consists of, I'll quote ZD's eTestingLabs website:

"Business Winstone is a system-level, application-based benchmark that measures a PC's overall performance when running today's top-selling Windows-based 32-bit applications on Windows 98 SE, Windows NT 4.0 (SP6 or later), Windows 2000, Windows Me, or Windows XP. Business Winstone doesn't mimic what these packages do; it runs real applications through a series of scripted activities and uses the time a PC takes to complete those activities to produce its performance scores."


In the Business Winstone tests, the VIA P4XB holds only a slight performance lead over the i845.  The "office type" applications used in this test don't necessarily tax a powerful system though, which is why we don't see a huge performance difference here from one platform to the next.   Let's move on to something a little more intense, shall we?


In this test, we again see the i845 system bested by the VIA P4XB, but this time by a considerable margin of about 8%.  The P4X266A coupled with a high-end Pentium 4 makes for a very powerful system.  Throughout our battery of tests, the P4XB was a top-notch performer and didn't exhibit any instability whatsoever during normal operation.


Although VIA has long been a major player in the chipset game, marketing and selling their own branded motherboards is a new endeavor.  If the stability, quality and performance of the P4XB is indicative of the other motherboards in VIA's lineup, they are off to a very fine start.  A little bird tells us that VIA themselves may not be actually manufacturing these boards, but rumor has it a very respected OEM has taken on the responsibility.  In every benchmark we threw at it, the P4XB performed very well.   Even when we experimented with a variety of aggressive memory timings and overclocked the system over the 2GHz. mark, the VIA P4XB remained stable.  We had to max out the voltage and overclock our CPU higher than it had ever been, before we had a single "crash".  VIA has done an excellent job with the P4XB and the P4X266A chipset powering it.  We would recommend this board to anyone looking to build a Pentium 4 powered system.  Based on it's excellent performance, stability and very affordable price (around $90 USD as of this writing), we give the VIA P4XB a HotHardware Heat Meter rating of 8.5... 

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