EQS A58K9-MLF ATI RS480 Socket 939 Motherboard
Posted by: Rchiileea on: 30.12.2005 01:00:00 [ Print | 0 comment(s) ]
I was a bit disappointed that there was no cool† n quiet option on the bios and find it sparse of any sort of overclocking features which most users would want and would like to have seen this feature ( EDITED: Bios update on 27,06,05 added cool n quiet feature to the bios). Other than that every thing else was pretty much standard for a ATI chipset bios, the thing I did like was the VGA ram usage option which enabled you to select between 16 to 128 ram for the onboard VGA. I would of liked to have seen a 256 option as most motherboards now have 4 ram slots, and if filled with enough ram would be able to handle the VGA using 256. Having said that lets get a HDD attached put a CPU in and run some tests.
Installation was a Breeze and within 2hours i had everything up and running with no problems, the only complaint i would have to comment on is the lack of bios features for overclocking, but having said that not every user is going to do this.
First PC mark04 1st with onboard VGA then with a X800XL sitting in the PCI-e slot. First here is the systems specs the test will be run on.
AMD 64 3000+
Supplied by EQS†
Non removable disks
2x 160-GB Samsung
Pioneer 8x speed
Here are the results from pcmark 04
There was a slight increase with the on board disabled and we can put that down to the onboard VGA having stealing 128 of the system ram. but on both tests it still out performed the Nforce 4 chipset it was pitted against. Next we will run a few Everest ram benchmarks and see what we come up with.
There was a slight increase with the on board VGA disabled I was quite impressed with the fact it beat the nforce board with the same GfX, memory and CPU installed in both. I done this as I wanted to see eye for eye results. Maybe I am a bit mad as I at first did not quite believe the results of the tests and dissembled the EQS setup to redo the Nforce4 board test. Yes it did improve but those are the highest scores I could achieve on it.
As this mobo comes with onboard VGA I thought its best to run a 3dmak05 with the onboard and without using a connect3d x800xl as the card, I will again also throw the results in from the nforce4 chipset with the x800xl slotted in. All tests were run at default settings.
As you can see the ATI RS480 based motherboard just piped the nforce4 in 3dmark with the card. but the onboard didnít do so bad, ok it wont win over any game fans with the on board GFX but it would be ideal for those of you looking to build a pc thatís not intended for gaming. Having said that this is currently sitting in Xtremeís socket 939 setup and will be until it gets beat (of coarse with the x800xl sitting in the GFX slot)
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