First post, by bloodem
EDIT (March 30th, 2022): This thread's original purpose was to show how a VIA C3 build compares to a high performance SS7 platform. It has since evolved into a benchmark marathon (and maybe something more in the future).
Further down, you'll find a list of links to different posts in this thread that contain video benchmarks, conclusions and more information.
I plan to add more videos in the future, so this list will be constantly updated.
As a follow-up to a discussion that started here, I've decided to create a separate thread where I (we) can make an accurate comparison (based on empirical data) between VIA C3 and other platforms.
A couple of rules which I plan on following when performing these comparisons:
- record a ~15 minute video where the exact software & used settings are perfectly visible (this way we can have a real apples to apples comparison). Also, will try and do all tests using the same settings (with just a bit of variation for entertainment purposes).
- whenever possible, use the exact same platform for testing (i.e.: All Slot 1/Socket 370 CPUs will be tested using the same GA-6BXC motherboard, the same GeForce 2 Ti card which is overclocked at GeForce 2 Ultra speeds, and the same drivers: 7.76).
- for different platforms, use the same GeForce 2 Ti card / same drivers (7.76)
- overclocks are totally fine (and recommended, actually), since they allow us to better understand what a CPU's true potential is, but I will stick to clocks which should be achievable with most/all CPUs of that particular type (of course, the overclock MUST be 100% stable).
In this initial video, I'm testing the 1 GHz VIA C3 "Ezra-T" (default FSB: 100 / multiplier: 10.0), which - based on my experience with 7 identical CPUs - can be easily overclocked to at least 1.2 GHz (FSB: 133 / multi: 9.0). I went with 1.26 GHz for this test (FSB: 133 / multi: 9.5), because I was able to hit this frequency with all my CPUs (some required a very small voltage bump to be 100% stable).
Sorry for the quality, it's not particularly good. I do have a VGA capture device, but it only captures at a maximum of 30FPS/Full HD resolution, so I decided to just record the screen with an iPhone 12 @ 4k/60FPS. The sound is recorded separately and synced in post.
FULL SYSTEM SPECS:
MB: Gigabyte GA-6BXC rev 1.9 (VRM mod)
CPU: VIA Ezra-T 1 GHz (OC @ 1.26 GHz / FSB133 & 9.5 multi) using an MSI MS-6905 "Master" slotket V2 (works fine even with other no-name slotkets, though).
RAM: 3 x 128 MB SAMSUNG SDRAM PC133 (using 3 sticks was a bit faster than with 1 or 2 - might be because memory bank interleave is automatically enabled when all memory slots are populated, though I'm not even sure if the 440BX supports memory bank interleave).
VIDEO: Asus V7700Ti GeForce 2 Ti (OC @ GeForce 2 Ultra clocks)
SOUND: Creative Sound Blaster Live 5.1 SB0220
SOUND2: ESS AudioDrive ES1688F (non-PNP / irrelevant for this test).
HDD: Seagate 40 GB IDE/PATA
- WIN98 GAMING BENCHMARKS: Gigabyte GA-6BXC & VIA C3 EZRA-T 1 GHz OC @ 1.26 GHz (first benchmark), see also the final VIA C3 Ezra-T benchmark, graphs and conclusion in this post
- WIN98 GAMING BENCHMARKS: Gigabyte GA-6BXC & VIA C3 Nehemiah 1.2 GHz OC @ 1.46 GHz (and additional information)
- WIN98 GAMING BENCHMARKS: Gigabyte GA-6BXC & PENTIUM 3 KATMAI @ 600 MHz (and additional information)
- WIN98 GAMING BENCHMARKS: ASUS P5A & AMD K6-2+ 550 OC @ 633 MHz using a GeForce 2 Ultra (and additional information)
- WIN98 GAMING BENCHMARKS: ASUS P5A & AMD K6-3+ 570 OC @ 633 MHz using a GeForce 2 Ultra (and additional information)
- WIN98 GAMING BENCHMARKS: ASUS P5A & AMD K6-3+ 570 OC @ 633 MHz using a Voodoo 3 3500 (and additional information)
- WIN98 GAMING BENCHMARKS: ASUS P5A & AMD K6-3+ 570 OC @ 633 MHz using a GeForce 2 MX400 (and additional information)
- WIN98 GAMING BENCHMARKS: ASUS P5A & AMD K6-3+ 570 OC @ 633 MHz using a GeForce 4 MX440 AGP8X (and additional information)
- WIN98 GAMING BENCHMARKS: REVISITED: Gigabyte GA-6BXC & VIA C3 Ezra-T with/without OC (+ graphs, conclusion and additional information)
NEXT UP: Will switch to MS-DOS. Stay tuned.
A few pics with the Ezra-T test system:
2 x PGA132 / 5 x Socket 3 / 9 x Socket 7 / 12 x SS7 / 1 x Socket 8 / 14 x Slot 1 / 5 x Slot A
5 x Socket 370 / 8 x Socket A / 2 x Socket 478 / 2 x Socket 754 / 3 x Socket 939 / 7 x LGA775 / 1 x LGA1155
Current PC: Ryzen 7 5800X3D
Backup PC: Core i7 7700k