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Our testing methods
All tests were run three times, and their results were averaged, using the following test systems.

ProcessorAthlon 64 3200+ 2.0GHz
Front-side busHT 16-bit/800MHz downstream
HT 16-bit/800MHz upstream
HT 16-bit/600MHz downstream
HT 8-bit/600MHz upstream
HT 16-bit/800MHz downstream
HT 16-bit/800MHz upstream
HT 16-bit/800MHz downstream
HT 16-bit/800MHz upstream
MotherboardAbit KV8-MAX3Chaintech Zenith ZNF3-150NVIDIA  referenceFoxconn 755A01
North bridgeVIA K8T800NVIDIA nForce3 150NVIDIA nForce3 250GBSiS755
South bridge VIA VT8237SiS964
Chipset driversVIA Hyperion 4.51NVIDIA ForceWare 3.13NVIDIA 4.08AGP 7.2.0.1170
SATA 5.1.1039.1050
IDE 5.1.1039.2041
Memory size512MB (1 DIMM)
Memory typeCorsair XMS3500 DDR SDRAM at 400MHz
Hard drive

Western Digital Raptor WD360GD Serial ATA hard drive
Maxtor 740X-6L 40GB 7200RPM ATA/133 hard drive

AudioVT8237/VT1616Envy24PT/VT1616nForce3 250GB/ALC655SiS964/ALC655
GraphicsATI Radeon 9800 XT with Catalyst 4.3 drivers
OSMicrosoft Windows XP Professional
OS updatesService Pack 1, DirectX 9.0b

Today we'll be testing the 755A01's performance against retail nForce3 150 and K8T800 boards and NVIDIA's reference platform for the new nForce3 250Gb.

We used the following versions of our test applications:

The test systems' Windows desktop was set at 1024x768 in 32-bit color at a 75Hz screen refresh rate. Vertical refresh sync (vsync) was disabled for all tests. Most of the 3D gaming tests used the high detail image quality settings, with the exception that the resolution was set to 640x480 in 32-bit color.

All the tests and methods we employed are publicly available and reproducible. If you have questions about our methods, hit our forums to talk with us about them.