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Dual socket A board being tested by colleagues

Dual socket A board being tested by colleagues

Our colleagues from Planet3DNow! took a closer look at the dual socket A motherboard from Asus, the A7M266-D. In the first round, however, the mainboard was only allowed to let off steam with one processor. The results are a bit disappointing, however.

The board, mind you, using only one processor, can hardly convince. In terms of performance, it even lags behind the A7M266 and therefore does not represent any competition for VIA KT266, KT266A or nVidia nForce in this configuration.

Of course, we cannot draw a final conclusion for the Asus A7M266-D as long as the second part of our review is not yet online in dual mode. Nevertheless, we can answer the two questions we asked ourselves at the beginning: The A7M266-D is not an adequate replacement for a good single-CPU motherboard and the AMD 768 Southbridge is not a saint either. As we have seen, the mainboards based on the VIA KT266A or nVidia nForce meanwhile bring significantly more power and the fact that the board caused problems with our 'Page 10 tests' despite the AMD-only chipset does not change the fact that we do not have this mainboard as an alternative for single boards. At around 320, - € it is also too expensive.

You can find out how the board did against its opponents in the first round at Planet3DNow! , but we will only the second round, using two Athlon MPs, will show the power of the board