Nog meer i820 geweld op deze maandag, Sharky Extreme heeft namelijk zijn review gepost van de VC820, Intel's eigen moederplank met de i820 chipset. Volgens SE's traditie zijn ze algemeen gezien toch vrij positief over dit Intel produkt, ook al is de performance van de i820 niet geweldig te noemen...
Ask yourself, is there anything as maddening as experiencing a smooth 35fps environment in an online game, only to confront a well armed enemy just as the hard drive kicks in, doing the bidding of the mysterious gremlins that force it to activate at the worst possible times?
The result in a 440BX/SDRAM system is traditionally a 35 to 50% frame rate drop off as the platform handles its hard disk's business, likely resulting in your own online death complete with you firing off complaints about "internet lag" to your opponents so as not to be discounted in skill level perception.
With the i820/RDRAM solution and ATA-66 drivers in full sprint mode, the same disk activity is met with a slight frame rate performance hit, perhaps 10%, which isn't even enough to make a solid player's pulse rise in the heat of heavy combat.
That's progress, and while it's not revolutionary by any means, it is indeed the natural evolution of working with PCs in harmony rather than anger and loathing.
The best part of the i820/RDRAM experience as relayed to us through the VC820 mainboard are the parts of the new architecture that you aren't able to realize consciously at all. We found that there's much less cursing and frustration voiced at our silent ATX cases when they were propelled by i820/RDRAM combos, which is because the platform is trying, and succeeding, in providing a better PC experience no matter what the current situation demands.
Voor de rest van het verhaal, fiets naar Sharky Extreme.