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Abit SR7-8X SiS648 Motherboard Review - Test System & SiSoft Sandra

We've been hearing rumors about a new SiS chipset hitting the streets. That's right, the SiS648 chipset is out prowling around in some of the newer motherboards. Come join Asher "Acid" Moses as he delves into the Abit SR7-8X Motherboard that uses this very chipset. After hearing all the stories about how good this new chipset is, its time to see if it can live up to the hype!

| Editorials in Motherboards | Posted: Sep 23, 2002 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 8.0%Manufacturer: Abit

Benchmarking

 

- Test System

 

Processor: Intel Pentium 4 2.4GHz (18x133)

 

Motherboard: Abit SR7-8X (SiS648), Albatron PX845E Pro II (i845E)

 

Memory: OCZ 256MB PC2700

 

Video Card: MSI GeForce4 Ti4400

 

Sound Card: Creative Soundblaster Audigy Platinum eX

 

Hard Disk: Seagate 40GB 7200RPM

 

Operating System: Windows 2000 Professional SP2

 

Drivers: nVidia DetonatorXP v40.01, DirectX 8.1

 

Software Used: PCMark2002, Unreal Tournament 2003, 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) 2002 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 SiS648 chipset pull quite far ahead. This is due to the fact that the SiS648 supports DDR333 memory, while the i845D/E chipsets only support DDR266. If the Albatron PX845E board was 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.

 

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