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Old 1st April, 2003, 04:21 AM
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APIC vs. No APIC... Real Performance Results

Because I haven't been able to find any definitive answers RE: APIC vs. Non, I decided to run my own benchmarks to find out what the difference is. Below are the results:

WITH APIC:
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Benchmark Log File opened on 3/31/2003 at 4:34:41 PM
System Specifications:
CPU Speed:Athlon 2400(192x12.5) Motherboard:Epox 8RDA+
Memory: 1024MB DDR @ CL 2 Video: GF4ti4800 @ 337/729 43.35
Audio: Nforce OS: Windows XP DX9.0a
Quake 2 Demo: Crusher.dm2 (OpenGL)
Quake 3 Demo: Pumped (OpenGL)
Unreal Tournament Demo: UtBench.dem (OpenGL)
Expendable: GameGauge (Direct3d)
Unreal 2003: DM-Inferno (Direct3d)
Comanshe 4: Demo Benchmark (Direct3d)
GLMark: Benchmark (OpenGL)
Tests performed at 1024x768x32
2xaa, 2xaniso
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Results for Quake2:
Result 1:258.1
Result 2:258.0
Result 3:258.3
AVERAGE FPS: 258.13
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Results for Quake3:
Result 1:166.0
Result 2:165.8
Result 3:165.9
AVERAGE FPS: 165.9
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Results for UnrealTournament:
Result 1:83.14
Result 2:81.11
AVERAGE FPS: 82.12
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Results for Expendable:
Result 1:179.4
AVERAGE FPS: 179.4
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Results for UT2003:
Result 1:52.15
Result 2:52.15
AVERAGE FPS: 52.15
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Results for Comanche4:
Result 1: 51.2
Result 2: 51.1
AVERAGE FPS: 51.15
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Results for GLMark:
Result 1: 103
AVERAGE FPS: 103
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3DMark:
2k1: 15517
2k3: 2326


NO APIC
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Benchmark Log File opened on 3/31/2003 at 8:33:53 PM
System Specifications:
CPU Speed:Athlon 2400(192x12.5) Motherboard:Epox 8RDA+
Memory: 1024MB DDR @ CL 2 Video: GF4ti4800 @ 337/729 43.35
Audio: Nforce OS: Windows XP DX9.0a
Quake 2 Demo: Crusher.dm2 (OpenGL)
Quake 3 Demo: Pumped (OpenGL)
Unreal Tournament Demo: UtBench.dem (OpenGL)
Expendable: GameGauge (Direct3d)
Unreal 2003: DM-Inferno (Direct3d)
Comanshe 4: Demo Benchmark (Direct3d)
GLMark: Benchmark (OpenGL)
Tests performed at 1024x768x32
2xaa,2xaniso
************************************************** ******************************

Results for Quake2:
Result 1:257.8
Result 2:257.7
Result 3:257.9
AVERAGE FPS: 257.8
***************************************

Results for Quake3:
Result 1:165.2
Result 2:165.3
Result 3:165.0
AVERAGE FPS: 165.17
***************************************

Results for UnrealTournament:
Result 1:83.59
Result 2:82.23
AVERAGE FPS: 82.91
***************************************

Results for Expendable:
Result 1:179.0
AVERAGE FPS: 179
***************************************

Results for UT2003:
Result 1:52.00
Result 2:52.26
AVERAGE FPS: 52.13
***************************************

Results for Comanche4:
Result 1: 51.2
Result 2: 51.3
AVERAGE FPS: 51.25
***************************************

Results for GLMark:
Result 1: 103
AVERAGE FPS: 103
***************************************

3DMark:
2k1: 15468
2k3: 2322

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The results were, well... not very conclusive. It seemed that overall, w/ APIC was a *tiny bit* faster.

My system consists of the following:
Epox 8RDA+, BIOS 3129, TbredB 2100+ @ 2.4Ghz (192x12.5), Corsair XMS3500 512MB x 2(1024) @ 2-2-2-4 sync, PNY Ti-4800 @ 337/729 w/ 43.45, Western Digital 120GB 8MB cache, WinXP SP1, "Pragrams start 10x slower" patch, nForce 2.03 w/ sw IDE

On a side note... for some reason w/ APIC disabled, the system failed to recognize my CD-RW drive, which was set up as secondary slave. (DVD as master)

I think I'm gonna go back to APIC, but I'll do a bit more testing first.
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nice what about with ACPI?
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nice what about with ACPI?
HAH!

Ok... I'll do it.

Both of those results were with ACPI, but I'll try without as well. I'm gonna re-write my benchmarking scripts to incorporate SiSoft Sandra Pro and Serious Sam TSM as well. SS logs low, avg low, high, avg high as well as overall avg. This seems necessary to me because after playing around on a APIC vs. non APIC machine, the non-APIC machine seemed much smoother in BF1942. (the only game i play anymore made after about 1999) This could be my imagination, so i sought out a game that would log low and high as well. Hopefully I'll be able to avg. this info into my UT2k3 results as well.

On a side note, and I know this is totally off-topic, but does anyone know any way to command-line script 3dmark 2k1 or 2k3? I'd like to incorporate them into my scripts because doing gui-driven benchmarking is boring as all hell.
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If you disable apic and acpi in bios it will reboot without ever getting into windows or at least it did on mine.
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There was a post awhile back with instructions on how to change your hal. Should've been a sticky in my opinion, but whatever....
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