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Gigabyte GA-7VAXP KT400 Motherboard Review

By: Cameron Johnson | Editorials in Motherboards | Posted: Sep 7, 2002 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 9.0%Manufacturer: Gigabyte



Test System


Processor: AMD Athlon XP 1600+ (Supplied by Howorth)


Memory: 256MB PC3200 Samsung (Supplied by BCSY)


Video Card: nVidia Reference GeForce4 Ti4200 128MB (Supplied by nVidia)


Hard Disk: Western Digital WD1200 (Supplied by Achieva)


Drivers: nVidia Detonator v30.30


Software Used: SiSoft Sandra 2002, 3DMark2001, PCMark 2002 Pro, SysMark 2002, Winstone 2001, Vulpine GLmark, Flask MPEG4 Encoding, WinAce, Quake III Arena, Aquanox, DroneZmark, Max Payne, Comanche 4, Star Trek Voyager Elite Force, Jedi Knight II.


SiSoft Sandra 2002 SP1


SiSoft Sandra (the System ANalyser, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant) 2002 is a synthetic Windows benchmark that features different tests used to evaluate different PC subsystems. We used this to test CPU Raw Performance, Multimedia Instruction Set and Memory Bandwidth Performance. While they are all synthetic results, they do give us a general idea of what is happening and where a component's strengths and weaknesses are.





Compared to the GA-7VRXP, the GA-7VAXP is a definite improvement. Aas far as DDR-400 is concerned, AMD Athlon CPU's aren't able to take advantage of the bandwidth DDR-333 provides, let alone DDR-400, about 3% difference in scores is shown, not much of a performance rise for all the press VIA has given this chipset.


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