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Shuttle AK37GTR Motherboard Review

By: Tio Chaharbaghi | Editorials in Motherboards | Posted: Dec 8, 2002 5:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 8.0%Manufacturer: Shuttle

Test System


Processor: AMD Athlon XP 1600+


Motherboard(s): FIC AN19E (Supplied by FIC ), Shuttle AK37GTR (Supplied by Shuttle)


Memory: 512MB OCZ PC3500 DDR RAM (Supplied by Shop4memory)


Video Card: ATi 9700 Pro (Supplied by ATi)


Hard Disk(s): Seagate Barracuda ATA IV 60 GB 7200 RPM


Sound Card(s): Hercules Game Theatre XP


Operating System Used: Windows XP Professional SP1


Drivers Used: ATi Catalyst 2.4


Software Used: MadOnion 3DMark 2001 SE, MadOnion PC Mark 2002, Quake III Arena, Comanche 4, Serious Sam SE, SiSoft Sandra 2003


SiSoft Sandra 2003



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SiSoft Sandra 2003 is a world renowned benchmark. It can tell you if your system is running on par or not and even compare them to personal benchmarked systems.


In the SiSoft Sandra CPU benchmark, the Shuttle AK37GTR falls behind the FIC AN19E we reviewed earlier last month. There isn't a huge difference though, maybe about 50-100 points in FPU and ALU.



Running at DDR 333, the AK37GTR comes close to the AN19E in the memory benchmark, but no cigar. It falls behind the AN19E again by about 30-50 points. Maybe a BIOS update would help? Also note that this is not the final retail sample, so adjustments might be made to improve performance.



The AK37GTR caught up in the Integer SiSoft 2003 MMX test, only losing by about six points, which is definitely considered "on par". As far as the floating benchmark goes, it falls behind to a 150 point deficit. Perhaps it could be only SiSoft? Maybe the AK37GTR will beat out its counterpart, the AN19E in other tests? Continue to find out!


MadOnion PC Mark 2002



Under the HDD test in the new benchmarking system from MadOnion, PC MARK 2002, the shuttle performs almost right on par with the FIC AN19E. It fell a little behind in the memory test and holds its ground in the CPU test. Still, in all three, the AN19E edged out the AK37GTR by a notch.


MadOnion 3DMark 2001 SE



In 3DMark 2001 SE, the Shuttle AK37GTR gets outdone once again by about 100 points at each resolution. Does the AK37GTR have any juice in it to pump past the AN19E?


Comanche 4



My question is answered! The Shuttle AK37GTR finally passes the FIC AN19E at a resolution of 1024 x 768 in both bit rates. Although the lead is only of about 1-2 FPS, it still gives a sign of relief to the AK37GTR.



Even at a higher resolution, the AK37GTR is able to pull another trick out of its hat. It beats out the AN19E by about 1-1.5 FPS at both bit rates (using a resolution of 1280 x 1024).


Serious Sam SE



Serious Sam SE is based on OpenGL, unlike our past two benchmarks. At 1024 x 768, the Shuttle AK37GTR falls behind the AN19E by only a few FPS at both bit rates. Still, to the human eye, no huge difference.



At 1280 x 1024 16-bit in Serious Sam SE, the AK37GTR falls behind the AN19E by 1-2 FPS again. At a higher bit rate, 32-bit, it seems to have almost caught up falling only 0.3 FPS behind the AN19E.


Quake III Arena



Quake III Arena holds the relatively same story we have been seeing for most of our benchmarks, the FIC AN19E coming up with a few more FPS than the Shuttle AK37GTR. At 1024 x 768 at both bit rates, it falls behind by 2-3 FPS.



At 1280 x 1024 at both bit rates, the AK37GTR and AN19E are nose to nose with the AN19E winning by a nose hair.


Both of these boards are based on the KT400 chipset, so performance was expected to be very close. As we saw above, it definitely was. But an FPS is an FPS, and in all our benchmarks except Comanche 4, the Shuttle AK37GTR came a few FPS short of the FIC AN19E.


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