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Gigabyte 7VRXP

Posted: April 29, 2002
Written by: Tuan Huyhn

Gigabyte 7VRXP

Hardware Setup

  • Athlon XP 2000+

  • Gigabyte 7VTXH+
  • Gigabyte 7VRXP

  • 2x 256 MB Corsair XMS2700 @ DDR333, CL2.5
  • 2x 256 MB Corsair XMS2400 @ DDR266 CL2

  • Hercules 3D PRophet Ti500
  • Maxtor DM+ 20GB 7200RPM
  • Onboard Audio
  • Lite-On 52x CD-Rom

Common Software

  • VIA 4in1 4.38
  • Windows XP Professional w/ all patches
  • nVidia Detonator 23.11

  • Sysmark 2001
  • Internet Content Creation
  • Office Productivity

  • SiSoft Sandra
  • Sandra Memory Bandwidth

  • 3D Mark 2001SE

  • Quake 3 Arena
  • 640x480

The Test

In Internet Content Creation where memory bandwidth is a vital ingredient in achieving a high score, the 7VRXP only scores 1 point higher then its KT266A counterpart, the 7VTHX+. This is most likely due to the fact that the 7VTXH+ is running the memory at a CAS latency of 2, compared to the 7VRXP which is running the memory at CL2.5.

When it comes to Office Productivity, we see the 7VTXH+ pull ahead of the 7VRXP by one point, as office applications mainly rely on how fast the memory is compared to the amount of memory bandwidth available. The results would most likely reverse if you get the 7VRXP to run at DDR333 CL2, as the board has no voltage controls which made it hard to stabilize the system at CL2.

When it comes to memory bandwidth, the 7VRXP doesn’t offer much advantage over the 7VTXH+, as it only improves upon its KT266A predecessor by 2%. Once again, the 7VRXP doesn’t have much to offer performance wise.

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