Socket A DDR Chipset Comparison – Revisited

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Application Based Benchmarks

First lets look at the ZD Winstone 2001 results, both are application based which means they use actual programs with real data just as a user would. Business Winstone uses a suite of applications that would be common to find in a business environment, Content Creation uses applications common to web site design and support and both have multiple windows open at once.

Looks impressive – until you look at the actual percentage differences. The fastest DDR SDRAM Content Creation is only about 2% faster than the slowest and the SDRAM is less then 5% slower than the fastest DDR. The total spread for the Business scores is only 2.5%, and even less for the DDR – about 0.6%.

Lets look at that with a different scale, I think it helps show how close they really are:

Doesn’t look so impressive with the scale at 0 to 100 does it? I think that puts it all in perspective.

So lets double check those results by using another similar benchmark – SYSmark 2000 From BAPCo (supplied by MadOnion). It is similar in that it is application based, different in that there is a different mix of applications and only one window open at a time.

The differences again look impressive, but in reality all are quite close. 5% between the fastest DDR and the SDRAM (overall score), 2.75% between the fastest and slowest DDR.

So do we see a trend here yet? Looks to me like the AMD 760 is the fastest with the VIA in a very close second, while just edging the ALi into third. All three are faster than the SDRAM equipped VIA, but not by much.

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