Asus A7A266-E in the test: The 3rd generation of the ALi MAGiK 1
- 1 Foreword
- The chipset: ALi MAGiK 1 - 'C1 Stepping'
- 2 Scope of delivery and documentation
- 3 Features
- 4 Test system
- 9 Conclusion A7A266-E
The GLMark has been firmly integrated into our benchmark course thanks to its absolutely constant and above all reproducible results. In two more or less graphically impressive scenes, the board, CPU and Co. can show what they're made of.
A lousy demonstration in SiSoft Sandra, third place in WinACE and Quake3Arena. We were still not entirely sure, but the GLMark finally convinced us of the excellent performance of the A7A266-E. The A7A266-E only just overcomes the AMD760 (8K7A +) and the 100 point mark in 640x480 @ 16Bit. However, as in the previous benchmarks, the KT266A remain unchallenged. However, the higher resolution of 1024x768 @ 32 bits shrinks the differences again. Even if there is hardly any difference with a few fractions of frames, the A7A266-E and the 8KHA + are in second place with 52.9 fps.
3DMark 2000 v1.1
Already a bit outdated, but the best-known DirectX 7.0 benchmarks, 3DMark2000, are bad. However, since we are testing mainboards and not graphics cards at this point, this fact was negligible.
We are turning away from OpenGL and turn to DirectX and its graphics API Direct3D. But here, too, the increasingly clearer picture is confirmed. The new C1 revision appears to be currently the second fastest DDR RAM chipset on the A7A266-E. The gap to the KT266A is still more than clear at 2 and 3%, but the competition is also clearly behind with just under 1%.
A popular component of the 3D Mark 2000 is the CPU Mark. In this discipline, the processor has to calculate two game scenes in software without the aid of the graphics card. The performance of the mainboard and memory plays an exceptional role here.
Before the benchmark, the first glance was directed at the blue bar that impressively showed the particularly poor performance of the A7A266. But the new version, the A7A266-E, did not show itself in the CPUMark either. The chipset is only just five points ahead of the KT266 board A7V266 and with 3.2% far behind the KT266A bastion, but with 603 points, the 600 point barrier also falls for the first time for another chipset. The performance gain compared to the first MAGiK revision is 3%. We are sure: Third place in the board ranking list and again the second fastest chipset in the test.
On the next page: 3DMark 2001