Lancewood givin the wood!
Posted on: 04/08/2000 05:20 PM

Interesting article at The Register seems that the Intel Lancewood motherboard with the GX chipset is laying the smack down in SMP style. Go check it out and tell us whats making the board perform so well.
Why is it then that our reference PIII 500 machine, using a Sun River SR440BX, returns a Wintune 98 integer score of 1453.077 Mips and the Lancewood reports 2916.869 Mips rather than a best case scenario of two times the uniprocessor score? Both machines have 128MB of RAM, all three PIII 500s are the same stepping and have identical 6GB hard disks, so where do the extra Mips come from?

A third machine has a Coppermine 700MHz, 256MB and a much faster, 20GB hard disk. It takes an average of between 10.5 and 11 hours to complete a SETI@Home work unit, with Windows 2K reporting 100 per cent CPU utilisation. The Lancewood takes between nine and ten hours to complete a SETI unit, Win2K indicating that only one processor is used to handle the task, using 95 per cent CPU time, the second processor merely ticking over at two to three per cent.
W00t is all I can say!




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