Asus K7M Athlon Motherboard - Page 6

Worthy Performance

Firstly, I attach my system specs here for reference:

  • AMD Athlon K7 650MHz (6.5 x 100MHz) – o/c to 700MHz in tests

  • 128MB LGS PC100 SDRAM

  • ASUS K7M Motherboard (rev 1.02)

  • 01 x 13GB Quantum CR Ultra-ATA66 HDD (5400 rpm); 01 x 10.1 GB Seagate Ultra-ATA66 HDD (5400rpm); 01 x 13.2 GB IBM Ultra-ATA66 HDD (7200rpm)

  • 01 x ASUS GEForce 256 (32MB SDRAM onboard) using 3.53 reference Nvidia drivers; Default settings with core/mem settings at 120/166;

  • 01 x Sony 6X DVD-ROM drive

  • SBLive!! Platinum (Liveware 3.0 drivers)

  • VirataLink 1025 ATM card

  • -300W (SISIR approved) Power Supply

  • 17” Mitsubishi DiamondScan 70 monitor (0.28 dpi)

  • Win 98SE

  • Ambient Temperature of 27 degrees Celsius.

Utilising the Athlon 650, I couldn’t achieve stable speeds above 107MHz FSB (ie. [email protected]). At 110MHz, it would hang intermittently during IE5 browsing. I could even replicate the failure a few times, but once I gradually decreased the FSB to 107MHz, it worked perfectly without lockups even after several hours of benchmarking. So despite the extensive, friendly overclocking capabilities of the K7M, it is unlikely one can practically make use of the higher FSBs, owing to inherent chip limitations on Athlons themselves.

However, another plus point to note is the speed in which the K7M boots up. In comparison with my normal P3 [email protected], I can vouch that the K7M booted up close to 50% faster. This could be predominantly attributed to the higher CPU running speed, but also in part to the K7M itself.

Based on the Winbench’99 scores below, you can see that the motherboard is quite comparable to others currently in the market. 

WinBench 99/Business Disk WinMark 99 (Thousand Bytes/Sec)

2890

WinBench 99/High-End Disk WinMark 99 (Thousand Bytes/Sec)

7210

WinBench 99/CPUmark 99

63.5

WinBench 99/FPU WinMark

3780

I generally feel that differences in Winbench results for motherboards aren’t really perceivable in practical terms, owing to strong dependencies on the rest of the plugged in equipment (like CPU, PCI cards, etc). But needless to say, the K7M passes and does well in all its benchmark tests. 

However, with every non-reference design poses the inevitable question on its level of compatibility with other cards. Let’s address this now…

Benchmarks between motherboards don’t really say much…
What’s important is if my existing cards can run decently on it!!??

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