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ACorp 7KT266A Motherboard Review

ACorp 7KT266A Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The 7KT266A is based on - if you haven't guessed already - VIA's KT266A chipset...
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External Mfg. Website: Acorp Jan 14 2002   Colin Sun  
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System Spec's and benchmarks

Test System Specs:

Computer Hardware:

Processor: AMD Athlon XP 1800+
Clock Speed: 1.533GHz
Motherboard: Acorp 7KT266A
Chipset: VIA KT266A
Videocard:

MSI G3Ti500 Pro-VTG (GeForce3 Ti500 240/500)

Network Card:

-

Memory:

256 MB Micron DDR333

Hard Drive: IBM 30.7 GB DeskStar 75 GXP
CDROM: Samsung 40X
Floppy:

Mitsumi 1.44MB

Heatsink: Thermaltake Dragon Orb 3
PowerSupply: Enermax 550 Watt

Software Setup:

Windows 2000 + SP2
VIA 4in1 4.37
DetonatorXP 22.80
DirectX 8.0

Benchmarks:

Business Winstone 2001
Content Creation 2001
WinBench99
SiSoft Sandra 2002 Pro
3DMark2001
Serious Sam 1.05
Return to Castle Wolfenstein

Just a reminder, the benchmark settings were run as followed; 11.5x133 = 1533 MHz and 11.5x143 = 1644 MHz. Please keep that in mind when viewing the benchmarks.

Business Winstone 2001 Source: ZDNet

Business Winstone is a system-level, application-based benchmark that measures a PC's overall performance when running today's Windows-based 32-bit applications on Windows 98 SE, Windows NT 4.0 (SP6 or later), Windows 2000, Windows Me, or Windows XP which runs real applications through a series of scripted activities and uses the time a PC takes to complete those activities to produce its performance scores.

Business Winstone 2001
FSB Winstone Units Ranking
1.

133 MHz

60

2.

143 MHz

64.4

Since this is more of a office based benchmark, it'll be almost impossible for a person to notice the slight differences in the systems. Still, overclocking a little does improve performance, you guessed it, a little.

 Content Creation 2001 Source: ZDNet

Content Creation Winstone 2001 keeps multiple applications open at once and switches among those applications. Content Creation Winstone 2001's activities focus on what we call "hot spots," periods of activity that make your PC really work--the times where you're likely to see an hourglass or a progress bar.

Content Creation 2001
FSB Winstone Units Ranking
1.

133 MHz

80.4

2.

166 MHz

83.1

Again, Content Creation is a office productivity benchmark. In real world situations, the computer would all be user limited.

WinBench99 Source: ZDNet

WinBench 99 is a subsystem-level benchmark that measures the performance of a PC's graphics, disk, and video subsystems in a Windows environment. WinBench 99's tests can run on Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT, Windows 2000, and Windows Me systems.

WinBench 99 v1.2 Benchmark Results
FSB/Benchmark Score Ranking
1.

133/Business Disk

8310

2.

143/Business Disk

7820

3.

133/High-End Disk

23400

4.

143/High-End Disk

22900

5.

133/Business Graphics

797

6.

143/Business Graphics

868

7.

133/High-End Graphics

1610

8.

143/High-End Graphics

1760

It's odd that the overclocked system would loose to the stock one in the disk benchmarks. It's possible that the timings are off because of the mild overclock which is affecting performance.

Sisoft Sandra 2002 Source: SiSoftware

SiSoft Sandra 2002 is designed to test the theoretical power of a complete system and individual components. The numbers taken though are again, purely theoretical and may not represent real world performance.

SiSoft Sandra 2001 Benchmark Results

Multimedia Benchmark

Score

1.

133/Integer SSE

8400 it/s
2.

143/Integer SSE

9026 it/s
3.

133/Floating-Point SSE

9763 it/s
4.

143/Floating-Point SSE

10490 it/s

CPU Benchmark

1.

133/Dhrystone ALU

4234 MIPS
2.

143/Dhrystone ALU

4542 MIPS
3.

133/Whetstone FPU

2116 MFLOPS
4.

143/Whetstone FPU

2275 MFLOPS

Memory Benchmark

1.

133/Integer ALU

2043 MB/s
2.

143/Integer ALU

2196 MB/s
3.

133/Float FPU

1912 MB/s
4.

143/Float FPU

2056 MB/s

The overclocked system wins every test here because not only is the FSB higher, there is more CPU power backing it up too. Still, the numbers are very respectable, performance is on par with other KT266A based boards that we have looked at.

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Contents of Article: Acorp 7KT266A
 Pg 1.  ACorp 7KT266A Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  — System Spec's and benchmarks
 Pg 3.  Gaming Benchmarks
 Pg 4.  Conclusions and other notables

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