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VIA P4PA Socket 478 Motherboard Review

VIA P4PA Socket 478 Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The P4PA supports existing 400MHz based Pentium 4 processors, and goes an extra step further by including support for the up and coming 533MHz Pentium 4 processor.
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Filed under: Motherboards Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: VIA Feb 27 2002   Colin Sun  
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System Benchmarks

Test System Specs:

Computer Hardware:

Processor: Intel 2.0GHz Pentium 4
Clock Speed: 2.00GHz
Motherboards: VIA P4PA
VIA P4XB-RA
ACorp 4D845A
Chipsets: VIA P4X266A (P4PA and P4XB-RA)
i845-D (4D845A)
Videocard:

MSI GeForce 3 Ti500 (MS-8850)

Sound Card: VIA AC'97 codec (onboard)
Network Card:

on board

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
Motherboards Sysmarks Ranking
1. Internet Content Creation - P4PA 100 MHz 213
2 Internet Content Creation - P4PA 111 MHz 239
3. Internet Content Creation - P4XB-RA 100 MHz 210
4. Internet Content Creation - 4D845A 100 MHz 208
1 Office Productivity - P4PA 100 MHz 153
2. Office Productivity - P4PA 111 MHz 165
3. Office Productivity - P4XB-RA 100 MHz 132
4. Office Productivity - 4D845A 100 MHz 131

With BapCo SysMark 2001 the VIA P4PA simply destroys the competition (a VIA P4XB-RA and Acorp 4D845A). Even at stock speeds, the P4PA is faster then it's brother the P4XB-RA and faster then the ACorp 4D845A which uses the i845-D chipset! Overclocking the system just widens performance the margin by a further 10-20%.

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
Motherboards Sysmarks Ranking
1. Content Creation - P4PA 100 MHz 62.9
2 Content Creation - P4PA 111 MHz 67.2
3. Content Creation - P4XB-RA 100 MHz 62.4
4. Content Creation - 4D845A 100 MHz 62.3
1 Business Winstone - P4PA 100 MHz 45.3
2. Business Winstone - P4PA 111 MHz 46.7
3. Business Winstone - P4XB-RA 100 MHz 41.8
4. Business Winstone - 4D845A 100 MHz 42.9

Again the VIA P4PA sweeps the the competition in the Winstone 2001 tests. However as fast as this might be or seem, the differences aren't really that important since with office applications, the computer is all user limited.

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 P4PA Score Ranking
1. Business Disk - 100 MHz 6220
1a. Business Disk - 111 MHz 6060
2. High-End Disk - 100 MHz 16800
2a. High-End Disk - 111 MHz 16500
3. Business Graphics - 100 MHz 610
3a. Business Graphics - 111 MHz 660
4. High-End Graphics - 100 MHz 1002
4a. High-End Graphics - 111 MHz 1095

As we can see here, the P4PA's hard drive subsystem doesn't like to be overclocked, however the AGP does get a fairly healthy boost from the added bandwidth running faster brings.

Sisoft Sandra 2001 Source: Sandra

Sandra is designed to test the theoretical power of a complete system and individual components. The numbers taken though are again, purely theoretical and may not represent real world performance.

SiSoft Sandra 2001 Benchmark Results
VIA P4PA Score

Multimedia Benchmark

1. Integer SSE2 - 100 MHz 8027it/s
1a. Integer SSE2 - 111 MHz 8923 it/s
2. Floating-Point SSE2- 100 MHz 9794 it/s
2a. Floating-Point SSE2 - 111 MHz 10873 it/s

CPU Benchmark

3. Dhrystone ALU - 100 MHz 3800 MIPS
3a. Dhrystone ALU - 111 MHz 4364 MIPs
4. Whetstone FPU - 100 MHz 1057 FPU/2483 SSE2 MFLOPS
4a. Whetstone FPU - 111 MHz 1013 FPU/2788 SSE2 MFLOPS

Memory Benchmark

5. Integer ALU - 100 MHz 2079 MB/s
5a. Integer ALU - 111 MHz 2312 MB/s
6. Float FPU - 100 MHz 2071 MB/s
6a. Float FPU - 111 MHz 2304 MB/s

Here with SiSoft Sandra, the motherboard scales very well with the processor. Overclocking the system brings the scores up by about 11% each.

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Contents of Article: VIA P4PA
 Pg 1.  VIA P4PA Socket 478 Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  3.3V and 1.5V Video cards
 Pg 3.  BIOS and Overclocking
 Pg 4.  — System Benchmarks
 Pg 5.  Gaming Benchmarks and Conclusions

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