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Reviewed by: Carl Nelson [12.06.04]
Manufactured by: GigaByte 
Test CPU (A64 3000+) supplied by

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Finally we can get started with the benchmarking.

Thanks go out again to, who provided us with a CPU to use. AMD just wasn't happy with us about our "paper" comment in our last AthlonXP review, so we had to find some other way to review their products.

To test the performance of the NF4 Ultra based Gigabyte K8NXP-9, we compared it to two previous generation AMD boards. One is the VIA K8T800 Pro based Abit AV8, and the other is Shuttle's SN95G5, which uses the NVIDIA NFORCE3 Ultra chipset.

We used an ATI Radeon 9600XT for the AGP systems, and Radeon X600XT for the PCI-E system. The X600XT normally comes with a slightly higher clock speed, so we backed that down a bit to take out any possible discrepancies (the busses themselves shouldn't make a difference at this point).

All of the latest drivers were used. WindowsXP had SP2 installed, which includes DirectX 9.0c.

Memory Performance

As always, we like to kick things off with some SiSoft Sandra action. Of course, in the case of the Athlon64, the memory controller is on the CPU itself, so these results shouldn't differ by much at all.

And just as expected, results are essentially identical across the board.

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