DFI LANParty UT nF3 250Gb - Page 8

Written by John Chen    Thursday, 10 February 2005 11:00
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Although the beta BIOS was used for overclocking, the stock official BIOS was used to run all benchmarks and tests.  The only memory timings adjusted were the typical CAS, TRCD, TRP, and TRAS.  Command Rate was left at 1T.  HTT was manually set to 200 on all the tested boards to make sure of a fair comparison.  There are companies out there that like to "cheat" a little by shipping motherboards with slightly overclocked HTT/FSB. 

Sysmark 2004

Sysmark2004 is a very common benchmark used to measure a system's potential in performance.  It goes through long and grueling tests that include compression and decompression and office intensive programs.


3DMark is probably the overclocker's favorite benchmark.  Unlike 3DMark2003, which stresses mainly the video card, 3DMark2001SE tests all of the system's main components.  Increasing the CPU speed, memory speed, and video card speeds will result in higher results in the final score.  It was quite shocking to see that the LANParty UT nF3 250Gb scored almost 1,000 points lower.  I tested repeatedly and came up with the same results. 


The PCMark2004 system benchmark puts the entire system to work.  Once again, the LANParty UT nF3 250Gb scored lower.


PCMark2002 is older than PCMark2004 but still very similar.  Once again, the DFI scores are lower, especially the memory bandwidth.  This must be attributed to the memory timings in the BIOS.