EPoX 8K7A+ Evaluation

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Test Setup

Productivity

  • Ziff-Davis Business Winstone 2001 v 1.01
  • Ziff-Davis Content Creation Winstone 2001 v 1.01
  • Ziff-Davis Winbench 99 (Disk test only) v 1.2

Synthetic

  • Cachemem 2.6
  • SiSoft SANDRA 2001te

Games

  • Quake 3 Arena v 1.16n and 1.27g
  • Expendable – downloadable demo version
  • Mercedes-Benz Truck Racing v 1.19beta
  • Giants: Citizen Kabuto v 1.4
  • MDK2 – gold version
  • Evolva -Downloadable demo version

Benchmark set up

Windows 2000 (productivity) – SP2, DirectX 8.0a, FAT32 – Administrator rights.

Windows 98SE (games) – Gold + IE 5.5 SP1 + DirectX 8.0a

Hardware:

  • Socket A Athlon "Thunderbird", 1.33GHz (1333MHz – 266MHz FSB) with 256KB on-die, full speed cache
  • Hercules 3D Prophet II Pro 64MB (200MHz core, 400MHz memory)
  • IBM 15GB 75GXP 7200 rpm with 2MB cache
  • Creative Labs SoundBlaster Live! value.
  • Diamond Data 52X CD ROM
  • NEC 1.44MB floppy disk drive

Variables

  • Abit KT7A rev 1.1, ZT BIOS, 256MB Kingmax PC150
  • Iwill KA266 rev 1.3, May 08 BIOS, 256MB Crucial DDR
  • EPoX 8K7A rev 1.1, July 08 BIOS, 256MB Crucial DDR

Drivers (W2K)

  • NVIDIA Detonator driver v 12.41 – 1024 x 768 x 16bit @ 75Hz.
  • AMD miniport driver v 5.22 (8K7A)
  • VIA AGP driver version 4.05c (KT7A)
  • ALi AGP driver version 1.74 (KA266)

Drivers (Windows 98SE)

  • NVIDIA Detonator driver v 12.41 – 1024 x 768 x 16bit @ 75Hz.
  • AMD miniport driver version 4.80
  • VIA AGP driver version 4.05c (KT7A)
  • ALi AGP driver version 1.70 (KA266)

Tweaks

  • Sounds – Off (W2K, 98SE)
  • Menu animations disabled (W2K, 98SE)
  • 256MB permanent swap file (98SE)
  • EPoX BIOS Tweaks
  • IWill BIOS Tweaks
  • Abit BIOS Tweaks

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