Three 800MHz machines compared

Much like its 700MHz stablemate, which sits at the number one position of Best Buys' Home chart, the Peripherals Plus Athlon 800 boasts a fully-featured configuration and provides powerful 2D and 3D performance. At 800MHz, this machine is almost 7 per cent faster than the 700MHz version, achieving a high score of 296 in PC WorldBench. Unlike the previous versions of the Athlon processor, this chip is manufactured using 0.18 micron technology.

How does it perform? In comparison to the Pentium III 800MHz system from Gateway, which also uses SDRAM instead of the faster and more expensive RDRAM, the Peripherals Plus recorded a score merely 4 per cent lower in PC WorldBench. When compared to the RDRAM-equipped Dell, though, the gap was much wider, with the Peripherals Plus system recording a score almost 9 per cent lower.

At the base of the system lies a Microstar MS-06167 motherboard, which provides ATA66 support for faster data transfer rates, and has three DIMM slots for memory, expandable up to 768MB. Expansion slots include five PCI and two ISA, while the standard backing plate contains the usual parallel, serial, PS/2 and USB connectivity. It's housed in an Aopen mid-tower case that has a 250-Watt power supply, and an extra case fan is installed at the front to create a cool airflow around the Athlon CPU. The CPU itself is cooled by a double fan and heatsink assembly and a fan is also located on the processor of the Leadtek GeForce256 graphics adapter.

The Leadtek GeForce card is of the DDR variety and the default memory speed is a staggering 300MHz! And if that's not enough bandwidth, you can use the Speed Runner program located in the Display Properties to bump the memory speed up to 360MHz, and clock speed up to 320MHz from the default 120MHz. 3DMark 99 Max gave us a score of 6074 3D Marks, and 12735 CPU 3D Marks. In our gaming tests using OpenGL acceleration, KingPin returned frame rates of 71 (1024 x 768), 59 (1280 x 960) and 44 (1600 x 1200), while Quake II returned 92 (1024 x 768), 70 (1280 x 960) and 50 (1600 x 1200). At the lower resolutions of 640 x 480 and 800 x 600, KingPin returned 78 frames in both modes, while Quake II scored 125 and 113 frames, respectively. The graphics card displays its output on a 17in Sony Flatron monitor, which provides very clear and sharp images, but has an OSD which takes a little getting used to; we did have trouble getting the geometry of the screen square.

For data storage, the machine ships with a 13.6GB Quantum hard drive and an Acer CD-RW drive, which supports write and re-write speeds of 4x and has a read speed of 32x. Other standard features include a 10-speed slot-loading Aopen DVD drive with software decoding, 128MB of SDRAM, a Creative Vibra 128 sound card, Aopen speakers and an internal Netcomm modem. Software includes Lotus SmartSuite Millennium, Norton AntiVirus, Virtual Drive and an IBM CD Pack. The machine costs $4995 and an on-site three-year warranty is included.

Peripherals Plus Athlon 800

Configuration: AMD Athlon 800, 128MB SDRAM, 13.6GB hard drive, 32MB Leadtek WinFast GeForce256 DDR graphics adapterExtra Features: 17in Sony Multiscan E200 monitor, Aopen 10x DVD drive, Acer CD-RW 4 x 4 x 32, Aopen speakers, internal Netcomm 56Kbps modem, Creative Vibra 128 sound card, Lotus SmartSuite Millennium, Virtual Drive, Norton AntiVirus, IBM CD PackPrice: $3999Warranty: 3 years on-siteVendor: Peripherals PlusPhone: (02) 9630 3166 URL: www.perplus.com.au

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Spiro Hionis

PC World
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Maryellen Rose George

Brother PT-P750W

It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!

Cathy Giles

Brother MFC-L8900CDW

The Brother MFC-L8900CDW is an absolute stand out. I struggle to fault it.

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?