2nd > May > 1999 Archive

K7 vs Pentium III benchmarks emerge…is it a hoax?

UpdatedA hardware research engineer from Acer who does not wish to be named, has provided The Register with some comparative tests between the AMD K7 and the Pentium III. NB: We're not quite sure why, but the benchmarks did not appear in this story when first posted. Apologies for that. They're now included. Oh, and BTW, we haven't tested these configurations. The info was supplied by the reader mentioned above. So please don't bombard us with hate mails or love mails -- you're always welcome to post your thoughts on our Message Forum. Since we first posted this story on Saturday, a lot of people have cast doubt on their veracity. We don't actually know for sure how good they are, but here is the Web site of the gentleman who originally sent us the information. How good are you at foreign languages? And is it all a hoax? Here they are anyway: K7 Test machine CPU K7 600MHz (FSB 200MHz x 3.0) 600MHz 128KB L1 Cache 2-way associative 200MHz 512KB L2 Cache 4-way associative EV6 BUS Controller L2 Cache Speed 1/3 FSB RAM TI Direct RDRAM 256MB at 600MHz VGA Matrox Millennium G400MAX 32MB SGRAM 360MHz RAMDAC Resolution 1600x1200 32 Bpp 85Hz Harddisk IBM Ultra3 SCSI 6ms 10.0 GB Mainboard AMD Sample Chipset Northbridge AMD Irongate AGP4X SouthBridge AMD Cobra ATA66 USB 2.0 OS-Windows 2000 Beta 3 WinHEC April 99 Release P-III Test machine CPU Pentium III 600MHz (FSB 133MHzx4.5) 600MHz 32KB L1 Cache 4-way associative 600MHz 256KB L2 Cache on-die 4-way associative RAM TI Direct RDRAM 256MB at 600MHz VGA Matrox Millennium G400MAX 32MB SGRAM 360MHz RAMDAC Resolution 1600x1200 32Bpp 85Hz Harddisk IBM Ultra3 SCSI 6ms 10.0 GB Mainboard Intel Sample Chipset Northbridge FW82820 AGP4X Southbridge FW82801AA ATA66 USB 2.0 OS-Windows 2000 Beta 3 WinHEC April 99 Release WinBench99 Version 1.1 (5 times measure) CPUMark99 (CPU Integer Performance does not include MMX register) - K7@600MHz 68.4 Mark - Pentium III@600MHz 70.1 Mark FPUWinMark (CPU Floating Point Performance does not include MMX,SSE,3DNow!,FSTORE Extension register) - K7@600MHz 2,819 Mark - Pentium III@600MHz 3,104 Mark Interesting stuff... ®
Mike Magee, 02 May 1999

Serbian bombing cunning Y2K plan?

A reader suggested last week that with all the missiles and bombs raining down on Yugoslavia, it would at least ensure future US arsenals are Y2K compliant. Gulp. This idea is a hard one to stomach, given that it suggests a cynicism far greater than even the most hardened hacks that throng The Register's offices can muster. The fact is that the embedded semiconductor market is enormous and no-one has any real idea about whether chips and embedded software in these devices will go belly-up come midnight on the 31st of December this year. That's probably why Virgin Atlantic decided it wasn't going to fly its planes then -- just to be on the safe side, so to speak. Intel says that any chip from the Pentium onwards is Y2K compliant but it's not x86 processors, necessarily, that are the culprits. Some embedded systems use DOS derivatives as software and we've just no way of telling how many of these have been tested and certified Y2K compliant. ®
Mike Magee, 02 May 1999

810 boards debut

A number of motherboards using Intel's 810 chipset were announced over the course of last week and the first pictures of the form factor have started to appear. Jonathan Hou, at FullOn3D, kindly sent us a picture of a board showing the AMR (audio modem riser) which is one of the features of motherboards using the chipset. The audio modem riser is the small brown slot to the right of the PCI slots. Go here to view the motherboard. The picture is over 40K. ® See also Supermicro launches Whitney mobo Rioworks 810 mobo introduced i752 on the road 466MHz Celeron, 810 launched Intel has (late) designs on your graphics
Mike Magee, 02 May 1999

SiS intros fast graphics chip

SiS (Silicon integrated Systems) has announced the next generation of its graphics and video accelerator technology, the SiS 300. According to the Taiwanese company, the SiS 300 will deliver five times performance for 3D and acceleration, using 128-bit technology. The chipset will also support DirectX 6, built in DVD and AGP 2x/4x support, SiS claimed. It said it is the only mainstream 3D graphics accelerator to provide 64Mb local frame buffer memory support through a 128 bit memory interface. SiS also announced companion chip the SiS 301, a chip which supports digital flat plan monitors. If both the SiS 300 and SiS 301 are coupled together, it allows for dual view on the same, different or sequential displays on two monitors, a monitor and a TV and a monitor and an LCD screen. Over 20 graphics cards using the SiS 300 will be introduced this month, it uses .25 micron technology, and will be in volume production in June with prices at $25/10,000 for the 300 and $7/10,000 for the 301. ®
Mike Magee, 02 May 1999

Potrans buys into Chaintech operation

Taiwanese company Potrans has taken a 13 per cent stake in motherboard company Chaintech, making it the company's biggest shareholder. At the same time, both companies have formed an alliance to make bare bone systems, and said they will sell products into the European market by the end of the year. In February, Chaintech shut down its German operation as part of a restructure where products would be fulfilled from Holland. ®
Mike Magee, 02 May 1999

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