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RDRAM vs. DDR RAM; Does it make a difference?
RDRAM vs. DDR RAM; Does it make a difference? - PCSTATS
The processor throws fits like a baby when there is not enough memory bandwidth, something which can often keep it from performing up to its potential.
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External Mfg. Website: Various May 16 2002   C. Sun  
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Benchmarks: 3DMark 2001 SE, QIII Arena

3DMark2001 SE Source: MadOnion

3DMark2001 SE is the latest installment in the 3DMark series by MadOnion. By combining DirectX8 support with completely new graphics, it continues to provide good overall system benchmarks. 3DMark2001 SE has been created in cooperation with the major 3D accelerator and processor manufacturers to provide a reliable set of diagnostic tools. The suite demonstrates 3D gaming performance by using real-world gaming technology to test a system's true performance abilities. Tests include: DirectX8 Vertex Shaders, Pixel Shaders and Point Sprites, DOT3 and Environment Mapped Bump Mapping, support for Full Scene Anti-aliasing and Texture Compression and two game tests using Ipion real-time physics. Higher 3DMark scores denote better performance.

3DMark2001 SE Benchmark Results
Motherboard (FSB/Memory) 3DMarks Ranking
1. 850Pro5 (RDRAM) 10054
2. 845 Ultra (DDR) 9635

3DMark2001SE prefers RDRAM over DDR here but the performance differences are quite close still. In all honesty, we're a little disappointed that a P4 2 GHz with DDR and a Ti4600 couldn't break 10k.

Quake III Arena

Source: ID Software

Quake III Arena is a First Person Shooter (FPS) that revolutionized gaming as we know it. Using multiple light sources and having graphics textures that can fill videocards, even after 3 years it's still able to bring a cutting edge system to its knees.

Quake III Arena Fastest demo001
Video Card FPS Ranking
1. 850Pro5 (RDRAM) 271.6
2. 845 Ultra (DDR) 259.3

Quake III Arena Fastest nv15demo
Video Card FPS Ranking
1. 850Pro5 (RDRAM) 74.1
2. 845 Ultra (DDR) 72.9

With the settings set to fastest the benchmark demo's become pure system testers. Here we can see from demo001 that there is quite a big performance difference between RDRAM and DDR. The nv15demo is more of a CPU tester, but still here we see that DDR is holding the processor back a little bit.

Quake III Arena MAX 1024x768 demo001
Video Card FPS Ranking
1. 850Pro5 (RDRAM) 216.5
2. 845 Ultra (DDR) 209.7

Quake III Arena MAX 1024x768 nv15demo
Video Card FPS Ranking
1. 850Pro5 (RDRAM) 51.1
2. 845 Ultra (DDR) 49.9

As the resolution is turned up the videocard starts to become the bottleneck (yes even a Ti4600!) and the differences are much closer.

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Contents of Article: Various
 Pg 1.  RDRAM vs. DDR RAM; Does it make a difference?
 Pg 2.  Benchmarks: Sysmark 2002, Winstone 2001
 Pg 3.  Benchmarks: Sandra, PCMark 2002
 Pg 4.  — Benchmarks: 3DMark 2001 SE, QIII Arena
 Pg 5.  The final conclusions; RDRAM vs. DDR RAM

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