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From: Rob Landley <>
To: Larry McVoy <>,
Subject: Re: sis630/celeron perf sucks?
Date: Sat, 6 Oct 2001 18:24:18 -0400	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <01100618241801.05593@localhost.localdomain> (raw)
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On Saturday 06 October 2001 16:06, Larry McVoy wrote:
> Has anyone out there seen similar problems with SIS630 motherboards?
> I know that we discussed this recently and people said that the graphics
> chip is eating memory bandwidth but I am not using it, it isn't even in
> SVGA mode, it's in text mode and screen blanked.  I also tried setting
> the AGP mem down to 2MB and that made no difference.
> The reason I care is that I like these little cheap boxes called "book pcs"
> and the older model was BK810 and used the i810 chipset but the newer ones
> are BK630 and use the SIS630 chipset.
> The new ones suck on all the stuff I care about, compiles, BitKeeper
> regressions, just general software dev stuff.
> Any insight appreciated.

Run memtest86 to see what your memory bandwidth is.

You can also compare a tight loop ala bogomips with dirtying about as many 
pages as you have cache (memtest86 can find this), with dirtying more pages 
than you have cache in a big evil loop.

If this shows that your problem ISN'T memory bandwidth, then you'll have 
learned something.

> The bummer is that the memory subsystem sucks doggy doo doo on the former.
> Is this a motherboard problem or do the newer celerons suck that bad on
> purpose?

All the celerons I know about have a 66 mhz front side bus speed.  (Actually 
there was a notebook version with a 100mhz fsb, but no desktop ones I know 
of.)  It's a totally artificial limitation to get you to buy a real Pentium 
III.  Intel crippling its low-end to avoid hurting the high end.  (They let 
AMD do that for them. :)

I've got links bookmarked about this somewhere.  You can probably find it on 
Tom's Hardware, or check google...

> Check out the bandwidth stuff, the second row should be faster but isn't:

Yup.  Blame Intel's marketing department.  This isn't a SIS problem, that's 
pure Intel's crippling of the DeCeleron...


  reply	other threads:[~2001-10-08  4:17 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 6+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2001-10-06 20:06 Larry McVoy
2001-10-06 22:24 ` Rob Landley [this message]
2001-10-08  4:40   ` Larry McVoy
2001-10-08 15:58     ` Eric W. Biederman
2001-10-08 19:50   ` Stefan Smietanowski
2001-10-08 20:54     ` Benjamin LaHaise

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