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Reviewed by: Carl Nelson [02.20.02]
Manufactured by: Shuttle


3DMark 2000

3DMark 2000 is a DirectX 7 based synthetic benchmark.  Pretty much every video card on the market will support the features tested in here, and by now, advanced graphics cards are no longer going to be the bottleneck.

3DMark 2000 should be a good test to indicate gaming performance in most DirectX games available today.  We are just starting to see games using advanced DX8.1 functions, however (most of which suck), and as more people own cards such as the Radeon 8500 and GeForce 3 & 4, we are going to see more very soon.  Until then, 3DMark 2000 lives on.

251 3DMarks doesn't sound like a lot, but considering the speed of the test CPU, it is.  The AK35GTR's KT266A chipset is definitely a step above any board using a KT266 chipset.  Let's not get ahead of ourselves though :)

3DMark 2001 SE

3DMark 2001 is a DirectX 8 based benchmark, and makes use of such advanced features as vertex shaders, pixel shaders, point sprites, and various forms of bump mapping.  If you don't have a GF3 or Radeon 8500, stay home kids.

"Second Edition" was released just in time for testing, but honestly I don't see any difference between this and the original 2001.  Mad Onion says that SE supports Windows XP and DirectX 8.1, but nobody had any problems before.  They do say they have a new test using pixel shader 1.4, but I don't recall seeing it (our test card does support this function).  Oh well, perhaps I just overlooked it (watching 3DMark 2001 for the 1000th time isn't exactly exciting, you know).

On to the numbers!

As the workload increases, so does the performance difference between the two boards.  This is definitely something worth noting.


Similar to 3DMark, GLMark is a demo-based video benchmarking system.  Unlike 3DMark, it uses OpenGL rather than DirectX.  It supports some advanced OpenGL functions, and some GeForce 3 specific functions.  Unlike 3DMark, GLMark gives a final score based on framerate and has no theoretical tests.

Again we're seeing the Shuttle board pull ahead.  Let's keep things moving:

SPECviewPerf 6.1.2

SPEC is a suite of OpenGL workstation tests... Now while the ATI Radeon 8500 All In Wonder is an excellent gaming card, it is awful as a workstation card! Any consumer card will be, of course, so we chose the three most CPU-intensive tests.  This should show a nice array of results to compare, rather than a bunch that are within 1/10th of each other :)

On top once again! To see such a difference in performance on the DX-06 test is noteworthy, since this particular test is extremely stressful on the AGP bus.  It looks like KT266A has improved in many areas.

Let's see if this trend continues with some real world game benchmarks!

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