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Review: VIA C3 Gold CPU - 1GHz

by David Ross on 3 June 2002, 00:00

Tags: VIA Technologies (TPE:2388)

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Testing and Benchmarks

The Test Rig
To keep the benchmarks comparable to my previous C3 933MHz review the test rig will once again be as follows:

  Via C3 933MHz Via C3 1GHz
FSB
133MHz
Motherboard
Shuttle FV24
Chipset
VIA PL133
Memory
256MB Mushkin PC133
Graphics
Integrated S3 Savage 4 (32MB Shared system memory)
HDD
Maxtor 541DX 5400rpm ATA100 20GB
Other
LG Combi Drive 8xDVD 12x CDRW
OS
Dual Boot: Windows 98 SE + Windows XP Pro



(I am aware that some of the pictures show 320MB memory (288 + 32 = 320MB) this is how I normally run the machine. The extra 64MB was only replaced after all benchmarks had been done to keep the spec exactly as it was in my previous review)



The C3 1GHz in the Shuttle SV24


Benchmarks
We already know that the C3 is a cool processor but that was before VIA changed the layout. Let's see how the new layout affects things with some SiSoft Sandra action…

 
Idle Temp
Load Temp
933MHz C3 Active
24
38
933MHz C3 Passive
30
48
1GHz C3 Active
26
41
1GHz C3 Passive
33
50

 

The C3's still got it !
Another brilliant showing from the C3 with passive cooling it barely hits 50°C !
AMD's equivalents would be expected to reach 50°C with active cooling let alone passive cooling.

These temperatures may seem high to some of you but you must remember that this is in a very cramped case with zero airflow so in reality it is quite an achievement.

Now all this talk of amazingly low temperatures is all well and good but is the 1GHz milestone sufficient for the C3 to perform well enough to even be considered as a gaming \ HTPC ? The 933MHz came close but didn't quite have the guts when it really needed it……
There's only one way to find out!

 
3D Mark 2000
3D Mark 2001
933MHz C3 Active
1066
329
933MHz C3 Passive
1059
325
1GHz C3 Active
1105
346
1GHz C3 Passive
1102
338

Once again the onboard graphics of the shuttle really lets the C3 down, I suspect that if an additional graphics card was included in the shuttle the C3 would provide a much more respectable score. Unfortunately the Shuttle only has a single PCI slot so finding a suitable graphics card is very difficult.

However 3D performance isn't really an issue with a HTPC, 2D is much more of an issue so on to the DVD testing …