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Gaming Performance 101

By Glen Diaz,2014-06-18 09:58
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Gaming Performance 101

    Gaming Performance 101

    [YDK] Gaming Team

    Overview

    In the past a middle of the line video card for $150 would cut it, through the YDK Gaming Teams

    own benchmark tests, it has been proven that is not the case anymore.

    Test Equipment

    Test A AMD 1.2 Ghz vs Intel 2.8 Ghz Box 1

    AMD 1.2 GHz, 133 MHz FSB

    1 GB PC133 RAM

    Video: GeForce FX5500, 256 MB

    4x AGP

Box 2a

    Intel P4, 2.8 GHz HT, 800 MHz FSB

    1 GB PC3200 DDR RAM, Dual Channel, running at 400 MHz Video: FX5500 and the 6800 GT, 256 MB

    8x AGP

Box 2b

    Intel P4, 2.8 GHz HT, 800 MHz FSB

    1 GB PC3200 DDR RAM, Dual Channel, running at 400 MHz Video: 6800 GT, 256 MB

    X8-AGP

    Test B All Boxes are the SAME box Box 1a

    AMD 1.33 GHz, 266 MHz FSB

    1 GB PC2100 RAM

    BFG GeForce 4 Ti4200, 128 MB, Stock 250MHz / 475MHz 400W PSU

    4x AGP

Box 1b Overclocked Video Card

    AMD 1.33 GHz, 266 MHz FSB

    1 GB PC2100 RAM

    BFG GeForce 4 Ti4200, 128 MB @ 275MHz / 500MHz (equalivant to ti4600 specs)

    400W PSU

    4x AGP

Box 1c

    AMD 1.33 GHz, 266 MHz FSB

    1 GB PC2100 RAM

    eVga 6800 GT, 256 MB, Stock

    400W PSU

    4x AGP

Box 1d Overclocked Motherbard

    AMD 1.33 GHz, 266 MHz FSB @ 1.502 GHz, 300 Mhz FSB OC'ed 1 GB PC2100 RAM

    eVGA GeForce 6800 GT, 256 MB, Stock

    4x AGP

    Test C All Boxes are the SAME box

    Box 1a

    AMD XP2400, 266 MHz FSB

    512 GB PC2100 RAM

    BFG GeForce 4 Ti4200, 128 MB, Stock

    400W PSU

    4x AGP

    Box 1b

    AMD XP2400, 266 MHz FSB

    512 GB PC2100 RAM

    eVga 6800 GT, 256 MB, Stock

    400W PSU

    4x AGP

Test Software

    All tests were done using 3dMark from www.futuremark.com a free download.

Results

    RAW Numbers

    Test Box CPU - GHz FSB - MHz Card Card MB Score A 1 1.2 133 FX5500 128 1394 A 2a 2.8 800 FX5500 128 1580 A 2b 2.8 800 6800 GT 256 10680

    B 1a 1.33 266 GF4 Ti4200 128 1333 B 1b 1.33 266 GF4 Ti4200 @ Ti4600 OC 128 1407 B 1c 1.33 266 6800 GT 256 8769 B 1d 1.502 OC'd 300 OC'd 6800 GT 256 8947

    C 1a XP2400 266 GF4 Ti4200 128 1556 C 1b XP2400 266 6800 GT 256 9462

    Sorted by Score

    Test Box CPU - GHz FSB - MHz Card Card MB Score

    A 2b 2.8 800 6800 GT 256 10680

    C 1b XP2400 266 6800 GT 256 9462

    B 1d 1.502 OC'd 300 OC'd 6800 GT 256 8947

    B 1c 1.33 266 6800 GT 256 8769

    A 2a 2.8 800 FX5500 128 1580

    C 1a XP2400 266 GF4 Ti4200 128 1556

    B 1b 1.33 266 GF4 Ti4200 @ Ti4600 OC 128 1407

    A 1 1.2 133 FX5500 128 1394

    B 1a 1.33 266 GF4 Ti4200 128 1333

    Score

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    02.8 GHzXP24001.502 GHz OC1.33 GHz2.8 GHzXP2400 1.33 GHz1.2 GHz1.33 GHz6800GT6800GT6800GT6800GTFX5500Ti4200Ti4600 OCFX5500Ti4200

    Score

Conclusion

    As you can clearly see a video card makes more of a difference than CPU in terms of gaming performance.

    The FX5500 was purchased 2 months ago for $120, funny enough the Ti4200 which was purchased 2

    YEARS ago for $89.99 is just as fast on a 2.4 GHz (266 MHz FSB and 4x AGP) as the FX5500 in the 2.8

    GHz which has a 3 times faster FSB and an 8x AGP. Even the 1.33 GHz (266 MHz FSB and 4x AGP) box

    and the overclocked Ti4200 to a Ti4600 stays within 150 points and was keeping up.

The FX5500 upgraded from the 1.2 GHz CPU (133 MHz FSB and 4x AGP) to the 2.8 GHz CPU only

    improved 1% after OVER doubling the CPU speed. The computer upgrade alone cost $400 and achieved

    NO gaming improvement.

After the 6800GT card purchase all computers improved performance by a minimum of 65% faster.

With the 6800GT, the 2.8 GHz (800 MHz FSB and 8x AGP) has now scored 2000 points higher than the

    1.33 GHz (266 MHz FSB and 4x AGP) chip, gaming performance is only 18% faster on the 2.8 GHz, had

    this PC not upgraded the video card from the FX5500, the 1.502 GHz using the 6800GT would have

    performed 82% faster than the 2.8 GHz (800 MHz FSB and 8x AGP) FX5500.

    Supporting Data rdBelow you will find additional 3 party data supporting the above information. Highlighted will be the cards discussed above when applicable. Again, unless you are getting a $300+ card, don’t even bother you

    won’t be happy with the results. Baseline for barley playable graphics is a consistent 30 FPS+. Compare these numbers with your own when we run 3DMark and FRAPS.