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In Topic: GPU/Sound Card Collection

27 September 2017 - 06:19 PM

updated the original post with new additions and some of ther other pc bits and pieces ive got.

In Topic: GPU/Sound Card Collection

13 June 2017 - 09:43 AM

Comparitive benches can be a pain.  The older 3DMarks tend to not even work on modern OS/DirectX combos and most before (?) Vantage are skewed too much by CPU results.  Then the newer 3DMarks won't work with older cards because of unsupported shader, Dx features etc.


I'm using my 2 retro gaming systems for testing and benchmarking all the AGP cards. Then I have a more modern system running XP to remove CPU bottleneck on all the PCIE cards. 

AMD Athlon XP 3200+ / 2Gb DDR400 / nForce 2 Ultra Chipset / XP SP3
Pentium 4 Northwood 3.4 / 4Gb DDR433 / Intel 865 Chipset / XP SP3
i5 2400 / Z77 SLI matx mobo / 4Gb DDR3 1333 / XP SP3 

Benching is going well so far, no major issue. Both AMD/ATI & Nvidia have good legacy XP drivers that cover all the cards I've got. So no driver/game issues thank god. 

As far as CPU effecting scores, its not too bad. 3dmark06 is the main CPU killer, 01-05 only run dumbed down game tests for CPU unlike 06. 

The easier way to test this is using Aquamark3, where it gives both a GPU/CPU/overall score breakdown.

For example:

P4 @ 3.6Ghz / 9800 Pro
GPU - CPU - Overall

6,579 9,944 49,436

XP 3200+ @ 2.4Ghz / 9800 Pro
​GPU - CPU - Overall

6,030 7,100 42,306


Where as in 3dmark05 is reverse. The 3200+ produces the higher score. I tested it a few times same results. Yet when you use 06 is over 200 point on the P4 due to having HT for the better physx tests.

P4 @ 3.6Ghz
3Dmark05 Score: 


XP 3200+ @ 2.4Ghz
3Dmark05 Score: 


"Real-world" gaming however this is where the P4 really shines. Everything runs smoother and much more stable FPS, not to mention the 3200+ lacks SSE2 support so no legit source engine games run.

In Topic: GPU/Sound Card Collection

10 June 2017 - 08:37 AM

I need to find a display cabinet for them too, since the photo a couple more arrived and i've ran out of room on that shelf :(

I'm also going full benchmarks & overclocking tests on all the cards as well. got a rather large spreadsheet going atm with all the results. I'm doing a mix of 15 or so synthetic/game benchmarks per card. fun times :P