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Reviewed by: Carl Nelson [08.14.00]
Manufactured by: Asus


The Ram

As you know, Apollo chipsets have had problems in the past keeping up with the ram performance of BX chipsets.  The addition of many tweaking options in the bios, and a 133 MHz frontside bus certainly has helped though.  These tests were done running my P3 550 at 770 Mhz (140 Mhz FSB).  For some reason it isn't entirely stable at 150 Mhz in games; you'd think that a GeForce 2 could handle that, but apparently not... Anyway, here are some SiSoft Sandra 2000 results:

Woo! We beat them! This should be expected, as the FSB is running way beyond the BX.  I was using decent Micron ram (Cas 3 PC133), so it can only get better from here.  One thing I really liked about Apollo boards is the ability to downclock the RAM speed.  If you have PC100 ram, and want to run the bus at 133, you can set the RAM speed to match the FSB, or set it 33MHz higher or lower! Yes, you can set it to 133 MHz + 33, and it does benchmark slightly faster.

You can also set the speed timing.  This board allows you to set it at 8 ns, 10 ns, Normal, Fast, or Turbo.  I'm not quite sure what the specifics of these are but after some testing, I found that Turbo seems to be the fastest, and 10 ns the slowest (duh).  I haven't had any stability problems at Turbo, either.

ATA/66 is OK

Have your doubts about ATA/66? Or even Via's ability to built a chipset with integrated ATA/66? Check this out:

Is that fast enough for ya? I thought so.  Keep in mind though, you NEED to install the Via 4 in 1 drivers to get ANY sort of performance (especially AGP).  Get the latest ones right here. Also, make sure DMA is turned on.  The drive used in this benchmark is a freshly defragged Maxtor 7200 RPM 13 gig.  It is the only drive on the Primary IDE Channel (pretty important; if you put a slower drive on the same channel, it will default at the slowest speed possible).

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