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SubjectRe: sis630/celeron perf sucks?
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On Saturday 06 October 2001 16:06, Larry McVoy wrote:
> Has anyone out there seen similar problems with SIS630 motherboards?
> I know that we discussed this recently and people said that the graphics
> chip is eating memory bandwidth but I am not using it, it isn't even in
> SVGA mode, it's in text mode and screen blanked. I also tried setting
> the AGP mem down to 2MB and that made no difference.
>
> The reason I care is that I like these little cheap boxes called "book pcs"
> and the older model was BK810 and used the i810 chipset but the newer ones
> are BK630 and use the SIS630 chipset.
>
> The new ones suck on all the stuff I care about, compiles, BitKeeper
> regressions, just general software dev stuff.
>
> Any insight appreciated.

Run memtest86 to see what your memory bandwidth is.

You can also compare a tight loop ala bogomips with dirtying about as many
pages as you have cache (memtest86 can find this), with dirtying more pages
than you have cache in a big evil loop.

If this shows that your problem ISN'T memory bandwidth, then you'll have
learned something.

> The bummer is that the memory subsystem sucks doggy doo doo on the former.
> Is this a motherboard problem or do the newer celerons suck that bad on
> purpose?

All the celerons I know about have a 66 mhz front side bus speed. (Actually
there was a notebook version with a 100mhz fsb, but no desktop ones I know
of.) It's a totally artificial limitation to get you to buy a real Pentium
III. Intel crippling its low-end to avoid hurting the high end. (They let
AMD do that for them. :)

I've got links bookmarked about this somewhere. You can probably find it on
Tom's Hardware, or check google...

> Check out the bandwidth stuff, the second row should be faster but isn't:

Yup. Blame Intel's marketing department. This isn't a SIS problem, that's
pure Intel's crippling of the DeCeleron...

Rob
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