K7M Athlon Motherboard - Page 6
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
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
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
VirataLink 1025 ATM card
-300W (SISIR approved)
DiamondScan 70 monitor (0.28 dpi)
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.
99/Business Disk WinMark 99 (Thousand Bytes/Sec)
99/High-End Disk WinMark 99 (Thousand Bytes/Sec)
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!!??