Intel’s Newest, and Last, Desktop PIII Processor

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Test Setup

Although the Soyo TISU provides many user settings, I did not try any overclocking features. You can adjust the core voltage over a wide range (up to 1.85v with the Tualatin) and the FSB can be set to a ridiculous 255MHz! With a 1.2GHz Pentium 3 I just didn’t see any need to do so. I would guess the CPU is at its upper limit anyway and why sacrifice stability for a bit more speed? Although it may be a feature of the Mainboard and used with lower speed (and cost) CPU’s I just don’t think the average user that buys a CPU and Mainboard like this is going to be trying to overclock it.

I did enable the sound though because it seems to me that that would be an option users may use. Quality and performance was quite good, and system overhead wasn’t too high, though with the power of a 1.2GHz Pentium 3 I don’t think that is too much of an issue. My oldest son uses a Soyo LI-7000 with the i810 chipset with integrated video and sound, and even with his Celeron 700 it works fine in all the games he plays (things like Black and White). If I had a CNR NIC and/or modem I would have tested those also, as I would love to see how they work. Unfortunately, I just haven’t been able to find a source. From my experience with AMR modems my guess is that they would work just fine for the average user also.

I setup the test system as follows:

  • Intel Pentium 3 1.2GHz (Tualatin) CPU with a Vantec FCD-6040Y CPU cooler
  • Soyo TISU Mainboard with the 2AA1 BIOS using the optimum (fastest) timing settings
  • 2×128=256MB of CL2 PC133 SDRAM
  • GeForce II GTS 32MB AGP card
  • D-Link 10/100 NIC
  • WD 200BB ATA/100 7200 RPM HD
  • 3.5" FD
  • 50x ATA/33 CDROM
  • Powerman 300W ATX P/S.

I did a new install of Windows 98 SE, installed the Intel .inf update supplied by Soyo on a CD, the 12.41 nVida display drivers and then the Sigmatel AC97 sound drivers. Installation went without a hitch, no big deal at all – just like it should be. Before running the benchmarks I set Windows to 1024×768/16bit @ 85Hz, and all Windows settings were default.

Before I ran the benchmarks I ran a few tests on the sound and played a few games – no problems at all, either in speed or compatibility. I Also ran a few system and stress tests such as PC Doctor, RST and checked the USB ports with Quicktest –again no issues at all. Pretty much what I would expect from an Intel based system. One thing I did notice, the CPU does run quite a bit cooler than an AMD Athlon of the same speed, which allows you to use a quiet fan, and minimizes the need for an extra case fan.

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