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~misfit~[_15_]
December 31st 10, 08:20 AM
Hi folks.

I've decided that I *really* have to sort out my collection of crap...
errrr.... my computers and parts. Therefore I'm building as many machines as
I can from my spares collection and taking the rest of the hardware off to
be recycled.

I have a couple of 'integrated' motherboards ranging from PIII to Skt 775 /
C2D. I also have a couple of low-end AGP cards and also two PCI (not 'e')
GeForce 2 / 32MB cards. I'm trying to sort out which systems would benefit
from the PCI cards. Obviously I don't want to put one in a system that has
equal or better integrated graphics.

I was just wondering, dows anyone know of a simple graphics benchmark
utility that I could use to find out which systems would benefit? I have
various '3DMark' programmes but they're all large and, for my porpoises,
overly-complex. Also, as I intend to sell these systems as simple 'internet
/ email' machines I'd rather not install a huge programme that takes 15
minutes to run, then uninstall it. Orphaned .dlls and all that....

So, the question: Can anyone recommend a small, simple and fast graphics
benchmark that would suit my purposes? All machines will be running XP. The
ultimate app for me would be a 'portable' graphics benchmark tool that
doesn't have to be installed, that could be run from a USB stick.

TIA, and happy new year. :-)
--
Shaun.

"He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a
monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also
into you." Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

Foke[_2_]
December 31st 10, 06:32 PM
On Fri, 31 Dec 2010 20:20:11 +1300, "~misfit~"
> wrote:

>Hi folks.

<snip>

So you post a request for help, then log in a few hours later and start
slamming posters with snide comments? Let me be the first to cordially
invite you to **** right off.

deimos[_2_]
January 1st 11, 10:35 PM
On 12/31/2010 1:20 AM, ~misfit~ wrote:
> Hi folks.
>
> I've decided that I *really* have to sort out my collection of crap...
> errrr.... my computers and parts. Therefore I'm building as many machines as
> I can from my spares collection and taking the rest of the hardware off to
> be recycled.
>
> I have a couple of 'integrated' motherboards ranging from PIII to Skt 775 /
> C2D. I also have a couple of low-end AGP cards and also two PCI (not 'e')
> GeForce 2 / 32MB cards. I'm trying to sort out which systems would benefit
> from the PCI cards. Obviously I don't want to put one in a system that has
> equal or better integrated graphics.
>
> I was just wondering, dows anyone know of a simple graphics benchmark
> utility that I could use to find out which systems would benefit? I have
> various '3DMark' programmes but they're all large and, for my porpoises,
> overly-complex. Also, as I intend to sell these systems as simple 'internet
> / email' machines I'd rather not install a huge programme that takes 15
> minutes to run, then uninstall it. Orphaned .dlls and all that....
>
> So, the question: Can anyone recommend a small, simple and fast graphics
> benchmark that would suit my purposes? All machines will be running XP. The
> ultimate app for me would be a 'portable' graphics benchmark tool that
> doesn't have to be installed, that could be run from a USB stick.
>
> TIA, and happy new year. :-)

To solve this one you don't even really need to benchmark it; the
performance of most Intel integrated graphics chipsets is well known
versus an old stanby like the GF2.

For example; on the P3, I'd bet you have like an i815 or similar type
chipset. That's only about as powerful as an original RivaTNT; so stick
the GF2 in without a doubt (even if it is PCI). Plus it'll have faster
VESA modes anyway.

For the C2D; you might be dealing with the X3100 or something; and
that's a more capable chip that's "almost" DX9 level and still beats the
GF2 in capabilities. Not to mention that you might only have one or two
PCI slots in that board to begin with.

Otherwise the old standby for that generation of graphics cards was
without a doubt 3dMark 2001. It scaled well for CPU speeds, so it was
useful even years later to compare total system performance.

Paul
January 1st 11, 11:28 PM
~misfit~ wrote:
> Hi folks.
>
> I've decided that I *really* have to sort out my collection of crap...
> errrr.... my computers and parts. Therefore I'm building as many machines as
> I can from my spares collection and taking the rest of the hardware off to
> be recycled.
>
> I have a couple of 'integrated' motherboards ranging from PIII to Skt 775 /
> C2D. I also have a couple of low-end AGP cards and also two PCI (not 'e')
> GeForce 2 / 32MB cards. I'm trying to sort out which systems would benefit
> from the PCI cards. Obviously I don't want to put one in a system that has
> equal or better integrated graphics.
>
> I was just wondering, dows anyone know of a simple graphics benchmark
> utility that I could use to find out which systems would benefit? I have
> various '3DMark' programmes but they're all large and, for my porpoises,
> overly-complex. Also, as I intend to sell these systems as simple 'internet
> / email' machines I'd rather not install a huge programme that takes 15
> minutes to run, then uninstall it. Orphaned .dlls and all that....
>
> So, the question: Can anyone recommend a small, simple and fast graphics
> benchmark that would suit my purposes? All machines will be running XP. The
> ultimate app for me would be a 'portable' graphics benchmark tool that
> doesn't have to be installed, that could be run from a USB stick.
>
> TIA, and happy new year. :-)

3DMark2001SE is 40MB, and the benchmark run is as simple
as a single click. And the results, make old hardware
look good :-)

http://majorgeeks.com/3Dmark_d99.html

PAul

~misfit~[_15_]
January 3rd 11, 03:30 AM
Somewhere on teh intarwebs deimos wrote:
> On 12/31/2010 1:20 AM, ~misfit~ wrote:
>> Hi folks.
>>
>> I've decided that I *really* have to sort out my collection of
>> crap... errrr.... my computers and parts. Therefore I'm building as
>> many machines as I can from my spares collection and taking the rest
>> of the hardware off to be recycled.
>>
>> I have a couple of 'integrated' motherboards ranging from PIII to
>> Skt 775 / C2D. I also have a couple of low-end AGP cards and also
>> two PCI (not 'e') GeForce 2 / 32MB cards. I'm trying to sort out
>> which systems would benefit from the PCI cards. Obviously I don't
>> want to put one in a system that has equal or better integrated
>> graphics. I was just wondering, dows anyone know of a simple graphics
>> benchmark
>> utility that I could use to find out which systems would benefit? I
>> have various '3DMark' programmes but they're all large and, for my
>> porpoises, overly-complex. Also, as I intend to sell these systems
>> as simple 'internet / email' machines I'd rather not install a huge
>> programme that takes 15 minutes to run, then uninstall it. Orphaned
>> .dlls and all that.... So, the question: Can anyone recommend a small,
>> simple and fast
>> graphics benchmark that would suit my purposes? All machines will be
>> running XP. The ultimate app for me would be a 'portable' graphics
>> benchmark tool that doesn't have to be installed, that could be run
>> from a USB stick. TIA, and happy new year. :-)
>
> To solve this one you don't even really need to benchmark it; the
> performance of most Intel integrated graphics chipsets is well known
> versus an old stanby like the GF2.
>
> For example; on the P3, I'd bet you have like an i815 or similar type
> chipset. That's only about as powerful as an original RivaTNT; so
> stick the GF2 in without a doubt (even if it is PCI). Plus it'll
> have faster VESA modes anyway.
>
> For the C2D; you might be dealing with the X3100 or something; and
> that's a more capable chip that's "almost" DX9 level and still beats
> the GF2 in capabilities. Not to mention that you might only have one
> or two PCI slots in that board to begin with.
>
> Otherwise the old standby for that generation of graphics cards was
> without a doubt 3dMark 2001. It scaled well for CPU speeds, so it was
> useful even years later to compare total system performance.

Thanks deimos, I appreciate your reply.

Cheers,
--
Shaun.

"He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a
monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also
into you." Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

~misfit~[_15_]
January 3rd 11, 03:34 AM
Somewhere on teh intarwebs Paul wrote:
> ~misfit~ wrote:
>> Hi folks.
>>
>> I've decided that I *really* have to sort out my collection of
>> crap... errrr.... my computers and parts. Therefore I'm building as
>> many machines as I can from my spares collection and taking the rest
>> of the hardware off to be recycled.
>>
>> I have a couple of 'integrated' motherboards ranging from PIII to
>> Skt 775 / C2D. I also have a couple of low-end AGP cards and also
>> two PCI (not 'e') GeForce 2 / 32MB cards. I'm trying to sort out
>> which systems would benefit from the PCI cards. Obviously I don't
>> want to put one in a system that has equal or better integrated
>> graphics. I was just wondering, dows anyone know of a simple graphics
>> benchmark
>> utility that I could use to find out which systems would benefit? I
>> have various '3DMark' programmes but they're all large and, for my
>> porpoises, overly-complex. Also, as I intend to sell these systems
>> as simple 'internet / email' machines I'd rather not install a huge
>> programme that takes 15 minutes to run, then uninstall it. Orphaned
>> .dlls and all that.... So, the question: Can anyone recommend a small,
>> simple and fast
>> graphics benchmark that would suit my purposes? All machines will be
>> running XP. The ultimate app for me would be a 'portable' graphics
>> benchmark tool that doesn't have to be installed, that could be run
>> from a USB stick. TIA, and happy new year. :-)
>
> 3DMark2001SE is 40MB, and the benchmark run is as simple
> as a single click. And the results, make old hardware
> look good :-)
>
> http://majorgeeks.com/3Dmark_d99.html
>
> PAul

Thanks Paul, I'll add it to my 'always in the pocket' USB stick. It's a
shame it's not 'portable' but I guess you can't have everything. ;-)

BTW, I hope that 2011 is good to you. I for one apreciate all of the good
work that you do in the hardware groups, thanks again.
--
Shaun.

"He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a
monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also
into you." Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

~misfit~[_15_]
January 3rd 11, 03:36 AM
Somewhere on teh intarwebs Foke wrote:
> On Fri, 31 Dec 2010 20:20:11 +1300, "~misfit~"
> > wrote:
>
>> Hi folks.
>
> <snip>
>
> So you post a request for help, then log in a few hours later and
> start slamming posters with snide comments? Let me be the first to
> cordially invite you to **** right off.

Thanks for your reply.
--
Shaun.

"He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a
monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also
into you." Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche