We'll wrap it up with a
benchmark round from Unreal Tournament 2003. We
utilized a simple benchmark script that does "Fly By" demos
on the Antalus, Asbestos and Citadel levels. We set
the resolution to 640X480, so as to take as much of the
workload off the GeForce4 as possible and place it on CPU
and System Bandwidth.
DirectX 8 Gaming
Here we are
seeing some impressive numbers in these benchmarks.
The Tyan S2495 motherboard keeps close to the nForce2
motherboards in the Antalus and Citadel Fly-by's but falls
pretty far behind in the Asbestos Fly-By. I would
imagine that the Asbestos Fly-By is much more memory and CPU
intensive than the other two fly-by's, thus taking advantage
of the added memory bandwidth that the nForce2 chipset
provides. In any case, the Tyan S2495 is putting up
some great frame rates and handles Unreal Tournament 2003
without breaking a sweat.
The Tyan S2495
KT400 motherboard is one of the most stable motherboards we
have tested in a long time. Not once through all of
the testing did our motherboard crash. You may be
asking why we did a comparison to the nForce2 chipset.
It was only four to five short months ago that the VIA KTXXX
chipsets were considered by most to be the leading offering
in the AMD field. Nothing could match the performance
or the features that the KTXXX chipsets offered. Now
that the nForce2 chipset with its Dual DDR support has come
into play, we have seen a new leader evolve. This
comparison shows, what we would like to believe is the
passing of the torch, as far as the past chipset leader
(KT333/KT400) to the new chipset leader (nForce2) and as far
as AMD processors are concerned.
Trinity KT400 Analysis:
The Tyan S2495 Trinity KT400 board is quite an offering.
Many people seem to have forgotten that the KT400 chipset
offers so much and the Tyan board takes full advantage of
the KT400 chipset's abilities. This motherboard offers
AGP 8X, DDR400 support (not guaranteed), USB 2.0, 10/100Mb/s
LAN, Onboard 6 channel sound, IDE RAID, SATA RAID and much
more. Besides this board being packed full of goodies,
it also offers top notch performance. The Tyan S2495
managed to perform without a glitch and is as stable a
motherboard as we've have seen. I think this board is
a perfect match for anyone looking for a feature packed
board that will perform as solid as a rock from day one.
Although it is not an overclocker's dream, it also offers
some good overclocking abilities, for those looking to push
the envelope a little further. If what you're looking
for is a stable motherboard with loads of features, then
take a look at Tyan's new S2495 Trinity.
- DDR400 support not
- Missing some
- nForce2 is available
for same price
We're giving the
Tyan S2495 Trinity KT400 a HotHardware Heat Meter rating of
or any other Hot Hardware Review in the PC Hardware Forum!