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Shuttle AK35GTR Ver 2.2 KT333CE Motherboard Review

Shuttle AK35GTR Ver 2.2 KT333CE Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The Shuttle AK35GTR Version 2.2 is a new board all together and this time it's based on VIA's KT333 chipset.
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External Mfg. Website: Shuttle Apr 04 2002   Colin Sun  
Home > Reviews > Motherboards > Shuttle AK35GTR Ver 2.2

IDE RAID and Socket Heatsink Clearances

IDE RAID 0 is not really considered a true RAID since there isn't any data redundancy. RAID 0 takes two drives of the same size/configuration and stripes them, meaning it makes one big drive out of two equal ones. This improves performance by cutting hard drive latency in half. Since the data is divided equally and written on two hard drives it also increases the data bandwidth by two. The reason it's not considered true RAID is because if one drive fails, all data is lost.

IDE RAID 1 on the other hand mirrors two drives of the same size, so in theory if one drive fails, the other will take over as the primary hard drive and the system can continue to operate normally. This is what is supposed to happen with a SCSI hard drive setup and it actually works pretty well there.

The IDE subsystem doesn't allow hard drives to be disconnected while the computer is still powered up and in use like SCSI can unless you have a special HDD tray. Generally, when one IDE drive fails the system usually locks up anyway. The data is safe since it's mirrored on the other drive which is the real benefit.

With IDE RAID 0+1, you need four hard drives of the same configuration/size. What RAID 0+1 does is stripes two sets of two hard drives, one set for a RAID 0 configuration and the other for RAID 1. What this does is offer the best of both worlds, the high performance of RAID 0, with 100% data redundancy of RAID 1. Hence the name RAID 0+1. The only downside would be the need for four identical hard drives.

Around the Socket: Heatsink Clearances

PCStats Heatsink Clearance Measurements
Top Clearance: 10 mm
Bottom (cam) Clearance: 11 mm
Left Side (arm) Clearance: 9 mm
Right Side Clearance 26 mm
Socket Mounting Holes: 4mm Ă˜dia.
Max. Heatsink Base Dimensions: ~85x90 mm

Note: Approx. measurements are made from the edge of the socket (not the clips) to the closest obstacle taller than the ZIF socket itself.

The socket is 51mm across, and 62mm from top to bottom.

The space around the CPU socket is mediocre at best, and unfortunately the left side of the CPU socket is very close to the clipping mechanism of the chipset fan so installation of larger heatsinks such as the Swiftech MC462A or Alpha PAL8045 might not be possible.

Also, wider heatsinks might have a hard time fitting on this motherboard as well. We measure the distances around the socket so you can figure you for yourself if a particular heatsink will fit, so please have a look at the chart above.

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Contents of Article: Shuttle AK35GTR Ver 2.2
 Pg 1.  Shuttle AK35GTR Ver 2.2 KT333CE Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  — IDE RAID and Socket Heatsink Clearances
 Pg 3.  The Award BIOS & Overclocking
 Pg 4.  Benchmarks and Test System Specs
 Pg 5.  Gaming Benchmarks and Conclusions

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