I have a Q6600 that runs at 3GHz @ 1.3v on a G41 board with 1333MHz DDR3 RAM. It's quiet, stable and completely perfect for Windows XP (and later) gaming.
So I had big plans this weekend to make an unusual XP PC to 'replace' this, at least for a bit. Introducing the AMD A6 3670k on Socket FM1 and the ASUS F1A55 Something Something:
I added 8GB of DDR3 2133MHz RAM on the basis that it's fast even if only 3.5GB is used. I was going to pair this with crossfire Radeon 4650s, mostly because they're cheap and don't require external power which is always a bonus:
Finally I thought I'd have a go at a RAID0 array. I've never used RAID before so I thought I'd see what it was like! I used a pair of 10 year old 250GB SATAII HDDs from Maxtor. Oh and I threw in my Audigy 2 ZS as well.
Windows XP installed fine, eventually. My previously n-lite'd XP install had the right RAID drivers but it kept crashing with memory errors. dropping the RAM from 1866 to 1333MHz solved this (annoyingly). Also, one of the cards was dead (the Smoker brown/orange one) so I swapped it for a 4670 which is crossfire compatible with the 4650. Then tested out some games at 1024 and 1280 res:
- Brothers in Arms Road to Hill 30 worked fine with 60+fps, albeit with very little scaling
- Crysis actually scaled wel (61% and 73% GPU utilisation) with 40fps on medium settings and also worked the CPU pretty hard (in the GPU benchmark!)
- Far Cry 1 scaled very well (90% and 81%) when the CPU wasn't having to do much. As soon as I went outside the framerate and GPU utilisation dropped as the CPU struggled to keep up.
- Doom 3 BFG Edition I could not turn off V-sync but it turned out that the 4560 is plenty powerful enough with utilisation at 20 and 30%.
- I also benched the RAID array - I have no idea if this is good or bad...
I was surprised by how powerful the 4650 was, could be. I was surprised by how weak the CPU was though!
Ryzen 3700X | 16GB 3600MHz RAM | AMD 6800XT | 2Tb NVME SSD | Windows 10
AMD DX2-80 | 16MB RAM | STB LIghtspeed 128 | AWE32 CT3910
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