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VIA P4XB-RA P4X266A Motherboard Review

VIA P4XB-RA P4X266A Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Apollo P4X266A chipset maker VIA, had to do something rather drastic for a chipset manufacturer - they had to start selling their own motherboards.
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External Mfg. Website: VIA Feb 21 2002   Colin Sun  
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Benchmarks and Test System

Test System Specs:

Computer Hardware:

Processor: Intel 2.0GHz Pentium 4
Clock Speed: 2.00GHz
Motherboard: VIA P4XB-RA
Chipset: VIA P4X266A
Videocard:

MSI GeForce 3 Ti500 (MS-8850)

Sound Card: C-Media 8738 (onboard)
Network Card:

DLink DE-528CT

Memory:

256MB Corsair PC2400 CAS2 DDR

Hard Drive: Samsung SV6004H 5400RPM UDMA100 60GB
CDROM: Panasonic 48x CD-ROM CR-594-B
Floppy:

Panasonic 1.44MB Floppy Drive

Heatsink: AVC Sunflower
PowerSupply: Enermax 431Watt
Software Setup Windows 2000 Pro + SP2
VIA 4in1 4.37V
DetonatorXP 22.80
DirectX 8.1
Benchmarks SysMark 2001
Business Winstone 2001
Content Creation 2001
Winbench 99
SiSoft Sandra 2002 Pro
3DMark2001 SE
Quake III Arena

BAPCO Sysmark 2001 Source:MadOnion / BAPco

SYSmark2001 uses real world applications concurrently as an accurate way to test the system by following patterns that reflect the way real users work. SYSmark2001's workloads accurately represent today's updated business usage model. The benchmark runs at a realistic execution speed, with think times between application interactions, in order to emulate a desktop user's interaction with the operating system and applications.

Higher numbers denote better performance.

BapCo SysMark 2001 Benchmark Results
VIA P4XB-RA Sysmarks Ranking
1. Internet Content Creation - 100 MHz 210
2 Internet Content Creation - 110 MHz 228
1 Office Productivity - 100 MHz 132
2. Office Productivity - 110 MHz 154

The VIA P4XB-RA does fairly well here. The numbers are similar to the whole slew of i845D boards we tested a little earlier. Unfortunately, our Office Productivity scores are rather low, it's not the fault of the system, rather, something in our testing method is wrong. We have yet to figure out what that is. = (

Winstone 2001 Source: Zdnet

Content Creation Winstone 2001 keeps multiple applications open at once and switches among those applications. Content Creation Winstone 2001's activities focus on what we call "hot spots," periods of activity that make your PC really work--the times where you're likely to see an hourglass or a progress bar.

Business Winstone is a system-level, application-based benchmark that measures a PC's overall performance when running today's Windows-based 32-bit applications on Windows 98 ME, Windows NT 4.0 (SP6 or later), Windows 2000, Windows Me, or Windows XP which runs real applications through a series of scripted activities and uses the time a PC takes to complete those activities to produce its performance scores.

Winstone 2001 Benchmark Results
VIA P4XB-RA Scores Ranking
1.

Content Creation - 100 MHz

62.4
1a. Content Creation - 110 MHz 65
2. Business Winstone - 100 MHz 41.8
2a. Business Winstone - 110 MHz 42.8

While the P4XB-RA produces similar numbers to the other P4 boards we've tested in the last few months, one thing is for certain, you don't need a Pentium 4 with DDR RAM to do office work.

Winbench 99 V1.2 Source: e-Testinglabs.com

WinBench 99 is a subsystem-level benchmark that measures the performance of a PC's graphics, disk, and video subsystems in a Windows environment. WinBench 99's tests can run on Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT, Windows 2000, and Windows Me systems.

WinBench 99 v1.2 Benchmark Results
VIA P4XB-RA Score Ranking
1. Business Disk - 100 MHz 6190
1a. Business Disk - 110 MHz 5420
2. High-End Disk - 100 MHz 16800
2a. High-End Disk - 110 MHz 14600
3. Business Graphics - 100 MHz 577
3a. Business Graphics - 110 MHz 635
4. High-End Graphics - 100 MHz 979
4a. High-End Graphics - 110 MHz 1080

The HDD portion of the Winbench scores show a similar trend that seems to follow our other P4 boards performance. As for the AGP/graphics portion, it seems that the P4XB-RA's drivers are quite mature, they perform about as well as Intel's i845D.

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Contents of Article: VIA P4XB-RA
 Pg 1.  VIA P4XB-RA P4X266A Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  BIOS and Adventures in Overclocking
 Pg 3.  — Benchmarks and Test System
 Pg 4.  Gaming Benchmarks and Conclusions

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