Even with today’s powerful processors, we still have to wait a considerable time before a ‘DVD-rip’ is complete. At present, only Maxtor, in the form of the DX series, currently have hard drives on the market that comply with this new standard. The rather suprising result is from memory running asynchronously at FSB. One thing to note before comparing benchmarks is the relative running speed of the processor on both motherboards. Sign up now Username Password Remember Me.
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The close-knit performance from various motherboard manufacturers highlighted the maturity of the chipset, rarely did we see a poor motherboard.
MSI KT3 Ultra – VIA KT Motherboard Roundup – June
There was talk of incorporating USB 2. The extensive specification list informs you that this board is jam-packed with features. We’re using Xmpeg 2. At present, only Maxtor, in the form of the DX series, currently have hard drives on the market that comply with this new standard. The demo we chose was Valley of the Jaguar, one which contains a massive amount of geometry.
We wouldn’t recommend running RAID 0 for important data as there is no redundancy. This, once again, seems to ratify our theory that DDR is able to provide the DDR limited Athlon more available bandwidth when truly required. All benchmarks were conducted at xx32 85Hz with vertical sync disabled.
Although not directly in the way, it can be a nuisance if, like us, you change your AGP cards often. We were frankly astonished at the difference that an improved memory controller along with deeper internal buffers made. Still, seconds is the fastest time we’ve ever seen for a CPU at default speeds.
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As soon as you open the rather heavy motherboard box, you just know that a considerable amount of thought has been put into the board and package. Firstly let’s have a look at the KT chipset in a little more detail. As part of our stability testing, we ran SETI.
The impressive overclocking options coupled with our new XP processor from AMD ensured that we would be furnished with a reasonable overclock. Both systems were configured for maximum performance. MSI have a deserved history of producing rock-solid motherboards that arrive in the marketplace shortly after a chipset revision.
We’ve seen that running RAM asynchronously at FSB improves theoretical performance, let’s see how this translated to real-world applications and benchmarks. Let’s ultta have a look at what happens if we disable the enhanced optimisations that are automatically ultrx to the Sisoft Sandra memory benchmark. We’re seeing consistent results that seem to indicate that DDR can positively impact on performance, albeit in a small way.
Most of today’s most demanding applications are memory bandwidth hungry, therefore it stands to reason that a more efficient memory controller should, ceteris ulltra, bring about greater performance. The KT is slightly faster and should come-to-market at about the same price. The Asus is even worse in this respect, as the real running speed when set to Mhz is ultrx The connectors for the various brackets are grouped close together toocolour-coded for simple installation.
RAID 1 backs-up the data on one drive and mirrors it on ot3 redundant drive, far more useful for data safety. Here we see a tie across the board, it appears that LAME encoding is purely CPU-intensive, an increased memory bus seems to have little effect xudio the results. What was the best tech product of ? One thing to note before comparing benchmarks is the relative running speed of the processor on both motherboards.
Ultrx KTA boasted an enhanced North bridge with a far more efficient memory controller coupled with deeper memory buffers.
Subjective listening revealed that whilst not on a par with Nforce’s excellent APU, the on-board solution was more than adequate for general Windows duty, we’d say it was on a par with C-Media’s excellent 87xx series of codecs.
Our recurring theme seems to be present here. Firstly we can see that it took a long time, seconds isn’t quick by any stretch of the imagination.
The board is essentially jumper-free with only the ubiquitous clear CMOS jumper making an appearance behind the third fan header. A small capacitor flanks the AGP port.
Interestingly, on closer inspection of the board, we see markings that indicate FSB CPU operation selectable by jumper. We’re reviewing a full production model from one the most well-regarded motherboard manufacturers, MSI Micro Star International.