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Slot A: Aiming for the stars

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First post, by supercordo

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Would anyone be interested in starting an Aiming for the stars for Slot A? I looked and did not see one started yet. Happy Benchmarking!!!

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* Windows 9x or ME
* 3Dmark2000 or 2001
* CPUz must be in the screenshot.
* Gold fingers allowed.
* No restrictions on GPU.

3dmark2000:
#1 Supercordo @ 9541 CPU = 1190MHz FSB = 119 GPU = Gf3 Ti 500 270/565
#2 Paradigital @ 8852 CPU = 1111MHz FSB = 117 GPU = GF3 Ti 200
#3 STX @ 6849 CPU = 906MHz FSB = 100 GPU = GF2 Ultra
#4 A001 @ 5674 CPU = 705MHz FSB = 100 GPU = Gf2 Ultra
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3dmark2001
#1 Supercordo @ 8338 CPU =1190MHZ FSB = 119 GPU = GF4 Ti 4200
#2 Paradigital @ 7545 CPU = 1060MHZ FSB = 106 GPU = quadro FX 3000
#3 STX @ 4936 CPU = 906MHz FSB = 100 GPU = R9000
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Reply 3 of 78, by supercordo

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I only have a 900 myself. So rules should be 3dmark2000 or 2001 with cpuz in the screenshot in windows 9x or ME. Im going to start benching mine tonight.

Reply 4 of 78, by The Serpent Rider

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shamino wrote on 2023-09-13, 12:29:

There probably aren't many people with a 1GHz Slot-A Thunderbird to compete for the highest scores - but there might be more participants with a lighter weight class. 😀

Technically, you don't those if you have the Gold Finger. Then again, Slot A was very obscure and only few boards are OC friendly.

I must be some kind of standard: the anonymous gangbanger of the 21st century.

Reply 5 of 78, by supercordo

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The Serpent Rider wrote on 2023-09-13, 16:50:
shamino wrote on 2023-09-13, 12:29:

There probably aren't many people with a 1GHz Slot-A Thunderbird to compete for the highest scores - but there might be more participants with a lighter weight class. 😀

Technically, you don't those if you have the Gold Finger. Then again, Slot A was very obscure and only few boards are OC friendly.

If you can find a Gold finger i say go for it.

Reply 6 of 78, by paradigital

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supercordo wrote on 2023-09-13, 16:44:

I only have a 900 myself. So rules should be 3dmark2000 or 2001 with cpuz in the screenshot in windows 9x or ME. Im going to start benching mine tonight.

I also “only” have a 900, on a board with no OC options. So it’s all going to come down to GPU, drivers and tweaking for me.

Are we having any rules around GPU age?

Reply 10 of 78, by supercordo

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Here is a benchmark on a stock 900 with GeForce 3 ti 500. Not sure why it shows as socket A in CPUz. Ill update the first post with the top scores.

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Reply 11 of 78, by supercordo

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Was able to use RivaTurner to force AGP 2x. Hit a wall after 119 FSB. Refused to boot no matter what at 120. Chipset was not having it. I have yet to overclock the GPU. Hopfully that will let me get to 10K. We will see!!

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Reply 12 of 78, by paradigital

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Dug out my 900MHz SLOT-A machine (also reports as Socket A in CPU-Z) and gave it a quick run as-is to get myself a baseline.

Windows 98 SE
Athlon 900MHz (Stock)
128MB RAM
ATI Rage Fury Maxx

Obviously I'm going to be trying some other (inappropriate) video cards, but this was how the machine was configured when it went into storage.

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Now to go find a faster video card.

Reply 14 of 78, by paradigital

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I’ve always run the full suite, back to when 3dm2000 was new, it serves as a good stability test for overclocked video cards!

Well, I switched out to my Quadro FX 3000, but I’ve bricked the OS install trying to force AGP 2x (odd that the Fury Maxx ran 2x without tweaks). Not going to bother submitting the run I did at 1x as it was disappointingly low (7,000~).

Reply 15 of 78, by supercordo

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Yeah, thats the fun part. We also have to be mindful that newer GPU drivers are expecting faster cpus. The drivers will have more overhead compared to older cards and drives. Have to find the sweet spot. Also make sure you installed the agp miniport driver for your board.

Reply 16 of 78, by A001

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This is nothing special but just happens to currently be inside my retro box so here goes:

100Mhz FSB
700Mhz Thunderbird
256MB RAM
GF2 MX 32MB @AGP 1x

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Reply 17 of 78, by paradigital

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A001 wrote on 2023-09-23, 14:53:
This is nothing special but just happens to currently be inside my retro box so here goes: […]
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This is nothing special but just happens to currently be inside my retro box so here goes:

100Mhz FSB
700Mhz Thunderbird
256MB RAM
GF2 MX 32MB @AGP 1x

TB700 GF2MX 256M AMD750.png

I’m genuinely surprised that 200MHz on the CPU is enough to make up the difference between a Rage Fury MAXX and a GF2 MX.

Reply 18 of 78, by A001

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paradigital wrote on 2023-09-24, 07:11:
A001 wrote on 2023-09-23, 14:53:
This is nothing special but just happens to currently be inside my retro box so here goes: […]
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This is nothing special but just happens to currently be inside my retro box so here goes:

100Mhz FSB
700Mhz Thunderbird
256MB RAM
GF2 MX 32MB @AGP 1x

TB700 GF2MX 256M AMD750.png

I’m genuinely surprised that 200MHz on the CPU is enough to make up the difference between a Rage Fury MAXX and a GF2 MX.

Indeed. Had it not scored nearly identically I wouldn't have bothered posting.
36% faster CPU score at 200Mhz slower clock.