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Foxconn K8T890M2AA-KRS2H Motherboard - VIA back in Business? (Page 6)

By: Cameron Johnson from Dec 10, 2006 @ 23:00 CST
TweakTown Rating: 70%Manufacturer: Foxconn

Test System Setup

Processor: AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ AM2

Memory: 2x 1GB DDR2-1066 Corsair (Supplied by Corsair)

Hard Disk: 500GB Seagate 7200.9 (Supplied by Seagate)

Graphics Card: MSI RX1950Pro (Supplied by MSI)

Cooling: Gigabyte K8 Neon (Supplied by Gigabyte)

Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP SP2

Drivers: VIA Hyperion Pro 5.10a, nForce Platform Driver 9.16, ATI Catalyst 6.11 and DX9c

We pitted the Foxconn K8T890 against the MSI K9N SLI Platinum (based on the nVidia nForce 570 SLI chipset) using stock speeds as well as overclocked.

Our MSI testing motherboard was running at overclocked speeds of 352MHz FSB x 6 (2112MHz) and our Foxconn testing motherboard was running at overclocked speeds of 274MHz FSB x 8 (2192MHz). Clearly the NF5 platform has a big advantage when it comes to bus speeds.

Is VIA back in business when it comes to performance or is it back to the drawing board?

SiSoft Sandra

Version and / or Patch Used: 2007

Developer Homepage: http://www.sisoftware.co.uk

Product Homepage: http://sisoftware.jaggedonline.com/index.php?location=home&a=TTA&lang=en

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

VIA's K8T890 manages to keep up just in stock speeds but due to its limited bus overclocking, the board simply can't handle the pressure nForce is able to exert.

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