Asus A7N266-C in the test: The nForce 415-D now also without graphics

Asus A7N266-C in the test: The nForce 415-D now also without graphics

Test system

N After we had been toying with some changes to our test platform in the last reviews, we have now seized the opportunity and revised our almost half a year old configuration. Instead of the Athlon C 1333, an Athlon XP 1700+, kindly provided to us by AMD, is now working in the computer; the 256MB Apacer RAM has been expanded by a second, exactly identical module. The Sound Blaster Live! we have banned from the system as well as the Hauppauge WinTV pci, since actually all benchmarks manage without sound, so the audio hardware has no influence on the performance. We would much rather examine the integrated sound solution in more detail in the future. However, updating the drivers seemed even more important to us than overhauling the hardware. So the VIA 4in1 4.33 had to give way to its latest successor 4.37a, the dusty nVidia Detonator 12.41 was replaced by the official reference driver 23.11 and alsoDirectX dared the version step from 8.0 to 8.1. In order to face the A7N266-C with an equal opponent, we also tested the EPoX 8KHA + again under the new conditions and with the latest bios. The board with VIA's KT266A should certainly prove to be a tough hurdle for the nForce. Due to time constraints, it was unfortunately not possible to benchmark other motherboards that had already been tested.

  • Processor
    • AMD Athlon XP 1700+
  • Motherboard
    • Asus A7N266-C (Revision 1.03; Bios 1001.B)
    • EPoX 8KHA + (Revision 2.0; Bios 2.11.2001)
  • RAM
    • 2x 256MB PC2100 Apacer DDR RAM CL2
  • Graphics card
  • Peripherals
    • Western Digital Caviar AC310100B
    • Teac 532E
  • Miscellaneous
    • Logitech Mouse Man Wheel Optical (USB)
    • Microsoft Natural Keyboard Pro (PS2)
  • Software
    • Windows 2000 Professional ServicePack 2
    • nVidia Detonator 23.11
    • Via 4in1 Version 4.37a
    • nForce UDP DriverPackage 1.0
    • DirectX 8.1


While we are on a fresh cell treatment, we have also revised our benchmark course. WinACE 2.03 was replaced by its successor 2.11, and Cinebench 4D and Lame 3.91 were added to the course. We changed some benchmarks in the settings.

  • DirectX 7.0
    • 3DMark 2000 1.1
    • Unreal Tournament 4.36 (utbench)
  • DirectX 8.0
    • 3DMark 2001
  • OpenGL
    • Quake3Arena (Q3bench)
    • Vulpine GL Mark
  • Memory performance
    • SiSoft Sandra 2001
  • Other
    • WinACE 2.03
    • Cinebench 4D
    • Lame 3.91

On the next page: SiSoft Sandra