First post, by F2bnp
For years the K6-2/3 CPUs, while beloved by a lot of people, have been called slow compared to what Intel was doing at the time, be it Pentium 2 and 3 or Celeron (not the Covington models).
However, without proper benchmarks we are left to merely guess how the fair against each other.
It is time to end the debate. It is time for change. 🤣
The hardware tested will be as follows:
On the AMD side:
K6-3+ 400, happily clocked at 550MHz (5.5x100) using 1.8V
Gigabyte GA-5AX (rev4.1)
256MB SDRAM (would have gone with 128MB, but I have no such sticks)
Voodoo 3 3000 AGP
WD 10GB HDD
On the Intel side:
Pentium II 450 + Pentium III 500
Soyo 6BA+ III
Voodoo 3 3000 PCI (don't have another AGP 😜)
SB16 or Live! or Vortex 2 (without any 3D sound obviously, although this could be a side-benchmark)
A few points of interest:
-I've not yet begun the testing, I'm guessing I will start building in 2-3 days and then test for a few days. Feel free to suggest software and games to test!
-I will run the K6-3+ at 400 and 550 and the PII/III at 450, 500 and hopefully 550. I'm using the PII because I'd like to see what difference SSE makes (probably only on 3DMark stuff)
-Both boards feature ATA33, so no worries there.
-I'm thinking of running the Voodoo 3s at 3500 speeds (I know both are more than capable of achieving these clocks).
-I'd like to find out the performance hit with 3D audio, I should probably pick the Vortex 2 me thinks!!!
-Should I go with faster HDDs?
-Besides games, I will run 3DMark 99 and 2000.
Here are some of the games I'm thinking of benching with:
-Descent 3 -Revenant
-Ultima IX -Quake 1,2,3
-Shogo -Turok 2
-MDK 2 -Blade of Darkness
-Carmageddon -Mechwarrior 2
-Need For Speed 3 -Thief Gold
Please, feel free to comment on this, perhaps add games or software to run! I'd like to know what kind of tool I should use to measure FPS for those games that don't support time demos. An older version of FRAPS maybe?
IT IS FINALLY DONE!!!