Asus A7N266-C in the test: The nForce 415-D now also without graphics
- 1 Preface
- The chipset in detail
- 2 Graphics included
- 3 MCP, MCP-D?
- 4 Scope of delivery and documentation
- 5 Features
- 6 Stability
- 7 Test system
- 12 Conclusion A7N266-C
Seems to many readers the topic Stability is always an annoying issue - numerous posts on ForumBase.de illustrate this day in and day out. But as in the past, from our point of view we can only report positive things about our test board. Although the BIOS version 1001.B is one of the first, the board ran cleanly in our test without crashing and the slightest sign of instability. A very good performance, considering that we let the RAM run at the fastest possible timing (CL2.0 Turbo).
Asus shares the overclocking options with the A7N266 as well -C still on jumpers and bios. While the VDimm voltage (2.5-2.7V), the core voltage (1.7-1.85V) and the multiplier (7-12.5) can be set using a jumper on the board, an additional switch is used Jumper the options for adjusting the front-side bus, multiplier and clock ratio in the BIOS. The FSB is allowed from 100-172MHz in two to threeMHZ large steps are chosen, the multiplier can be freely set over the whole range of 5-12.5 at intervals of 0.5. The options 1: 1 and 4: 3 are available for the pulse ratio. This means that a Duron with 100MHz can also be operated on the A7N266-C with PC2100 (133MHz). As a special treat, the board operates the PCI bus at 33MHz, which is compliant with the rules, even when the FSB is increased. In addition to the overclocking options, the BIOS makes a good and tidy impression.
On the other hand, the menu is less open to options for manipulating the memory timings - the EPoX 8KHA + continues to be ahead of the pack as a class leader. The ready-made settings should basically be sufficient. The memory latency 'Auto' (By SPD), CL2.5 and CL2 can be operated with 'normal' or 'turbo' settings. As with the 8KHA +, we decided to use the CL2.0 Turbo setting for our benchmarks in order to get the maximum performance from the nForce 415-D. (Addendum 3.2.2002: The current BIOS 1001.D still only offers the prefabricated settings).
FSB check: Of course, the Asus control was again this time likes to secretly put up front-side bus on the agenda. However, 133.64MHz offered little reason for complaint, as the resulting increase in performance of the CPU with 4MHz is insignificantly low. After the A7V266-E and A7A266-E, Asus seems to be continuing the trend back towards fair competition.
On the next page: Test system