Asus A7V266-E in the test: VIA KT266A part two

Asus A7V266-E in the test: VIA KT266A part two


We have made a small change to our Quake3 benchmark policy from this review onwards. If we used to benchmark four resolutions in three detail levels each, we have now reduced our measurements to the 'normal config', which is the least demanding for the graphics card. In the end, from a resolution of 1024x768 in the 'High' and 'Max' configs, all tested candidates were tied. The GeForce2 Ultra was hopelessly acting as a system brake. Most of the time, important differences could only be found in the 'Normal' config. Nevertheless, the increasing importance of the graphics card can still be observed. The increasing resolution that we continue to consider contributes to the utilization of the Ultra. In any case, we hope to have made the 'Quake3Arena' discipline clearer and more meaningful in this way.

Asus A7V266-E benchmarks

The KT266A was able to clearly dominate in this discipline in our last review and after the acceptable oneIntroducing the Asus board in SiSoft Sandra, we were curious to see to what extent the additional performance also comes into play in Quake3Arena. With three frames in the lowest and two frames in 800x600 and 1024x768, however, the A7V266-E can now also take the top spot in Quake3.

The highest resolution we have given is also shown once again The interdependence of the individual hardware components is particularly good. Even the fastest circuit board has to subordinate itself to the graphics card or processor at some point. Potential buyers should definitely include this in their considerations. After all, what good is the most expensive circuit board if a, to put it quite drastically, 'NoName product' on your own computer had brought the same performance (apart from service etc.).

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