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Abit BD7II-RAID i845E Motherboard Review - Test System & SiSoft Sandra

Abit are known for their long line of quality motherboards which are positioned right toward the enthusiast user and have continued to show the industry the way with their MAX series of motherboards which are virtually legacy free. With the release of the Intel 845E chipset, Abit has released the Abit BD7II motherboard - Will the enthusiast trend continue and does the limiting DDR-266 support of the 845E chipset restrict the boards performance against competing chipsets from other manufacturers? Read on as Asher "Acid" Moses tells us where he compares the board to the SiS 645DX chipset and the older Intel 845D chipset.

| Socket LGA 775 in Motherboards | Posted: Jun 25, 2002 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 7.5%      Manufacturer: Abit

Benchmarking

 

- Test System

 

Processor: Intel Pentium 4 2GHz (20x100)

 

Motherboard: Abit BD7II-RAID (i845E), DFI NS70-EL (SiS645DX), Abit BD7-RAID (i845D)

 

Memory: OCZ 256MB PC2700

 

Video Card: Prolink Pixelview GeForce3

 

Sound Card: Creative Soundblaster Audigy Platinum eX

 

Hard Disk: Quantum Fireball Plus LM 15GB ATA100

 

Operating System: Windows 2000 Professional SP2

 

Drivers: nVidia DetonatorXP v23.11, DirectX 8.1

 

Software Used: SiSoft Sandra 2002, 3DMark2001 SE, Quake III Arena, Content Creation Winstone 2001, Business Winstone 2001

 

Results - SiSoft Sandra 2002

 

SiSoft Sandra (the System ANalyser, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant) 2001 is a synthetic windows benchmark that features different tests used to evaluate different PC subsystems.

 

 

 

As expected, all three boards performed virtually identically in the CPU benchmark, however, when we take a look at the memory benchmark we see the SiS645DX chipset pull quite far ahead. This is due to the fact that the SiS645DX supports DDR333 memory, while the i845D/E chipsets only support DDR266. If the BD7/BD7II boards were overclocked to run at DDR333 memory speeds, the FSB would have to be adjusted which would also overclock the CPU, PCI and AGP bus, making it an uneven playing field.

 

Unfortunately a VIA P4X333 based motherboard was unavailable at the time of testing.

 

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