It appears as if the better memory optimisations, coupled with running memory asynchronously, really help the MSI here. You still do however get the performance of the C-Media chipset that offers 2. This boded well for our overclocking efforts. As part of our stability testing, we ran SETI. Asus have always impressed me with their presentation and the A7VE is no different. We also disliked the inability to be able to turn the RAID controller off, this increased the boot up times by at least 10 seconds.
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Will the trend that we’ve observed so far continue here? Downloads Mobo ID Tools.
It’s the upper layout in this diagram Anyone with a grasp of electronics care to comment on what I could have done wrong? Out attention is immediately drawn to the number of jumpers and dip-switches on the board, something we a7266-e seeing less of these days.
It’s the same as the KTA in all other respects.
Motherboard: Asus A7V266-E :: Features
The memory throughput is a far more interesting comparison. When Sounx is mentioned with respect to motherboards, what do you think?. I have yet to even see or hear of a market ready ACR slot product available so this is wasted real estate and should have been the home of a sixth PCI slot. This one takes a while to complete. This feature is quite handy if you push the board too far. We’ve not seen this before, presumably it ensures compatibility with the different processors.
VIA KT266A Motherboard Roundup – January 2002
Although preferable for overclockers, it certainly puts an emphasis on good cooling. Just a brief glimpse reveals that Asus have loaded the board with some rather nice goodies. Top marks to Asus for once again producing an impeccably behaving motherboard. The Asus is close but not close enough. Let’s have a7v266-d look at the DRAM timings available.
We’ll try the test at Fastest to garner an idea of total throughput and then at Quality to represent something that mirrors actual playing resolutions. The board satisfies it’s probable OEM target market pretty well. Some users abhor rotated sockets and some like them, I fall into the latter camp as it allows me comfortably attach and remove my heatsink from the motherboard without having to remove it from the case.
Let’s pay a visit to page 1 of our benchmarker’s Bible and try the old favourite that is Quake 3.
ASUS A7VE – VIA KTA Motherboard Roundup – January
The Asus, whilst not the best, is certainly in the top half of those that we tested. A similar story to the Pifast results, one that should come as no surprise by now. Asus should have paid better attention to detail and came out with a better-engineered board than one with a backward PCI slot in the name of ACR. The Asus is almost unique in that it offers both jumper and jumper-free modes of operation. We weren’t surprised to see the board soldiering on even after extended abuse. Here’s a quick rundown of our test system and benchmarks used.
Although the memory benchmarks hinted at a difference, we are still surprised to see it almost 3 seconds behind the MSI albeit running asynchronously. We see the mark barrier breached once more courtesy of an overclocked XP Benchmarks Our trusty synthetic friend, SiSoft Sandra, leads the way.
Thu Jan 03, Strong performances all-round here. It’s well presented, has a multitude of features and is a champion in the stability stakes. In partibus infidelium, UK Registered: The Promise controller offers the user two forms of RAID array, you can configure two exact drives to be one independent drive in the RAID 0 or striping mode or have two exact drives containing the same information for backup purposes in the RAID one or mirroring mode.
One thing to take away from this test is the impressive performance all-round. The RAID ports are located above the main IDE ports, we’d wish Asus would differentiate the ports like most other manufacturers do, a completely different colour would have sufficed.