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ECS Elitegroup K7S5A in the test: The inexpensive SiS735 is good for it

ECS Elitegroup K7S5A in the test: The inexpensive SiS735 is good for it

Features

Like the Asus A7A266 with AL i MAGiK 1 chipset also supports the K7S5A not only in theory, but also SD and DDR RAM. ESC Elitegroup has soldered two slots on the board and thus enables a maximum of 1GB RAM using 512MB memory bars. Mixed operation is not possible. Thus, the K7S5A is also suitable for economical upgraders who want to keep the option of DDR RAM open, but want to use their old memory for the time being. A third memory slot would certainly not have hurt. When choosing the slots, Elitegroup did not choose the optimal solution either. Although there is an AGP 4x slot, 5 PCI slots and an AMR slot on the fashionably black circuit board, reaching for a 6 PCI slot instead of the AMR expansion slot would have made much more sense for the end user. If at all, this slot is only used in the OEM sector and, according to Elitegroup, there is a separate version of the K7S5A for this, which you then haveyes could have withheld the AMR slot. The integrated LAN function is also only supported by the OEM version. The board at hand does not offer a connection. As already mentioned, the board does not support ISA slots. However, it passed our fan test with flying colors. The GlobalWin WBK 38 does not even come into contact with any components. Only the round fans of the 'Orb' series should come into contact with the capacitor series again. Another minor drawback. The board only has two instead of three fan connections. A Silverado would not leave any space for an additional case fan. However, one should again pay attention to the price, which would not be realizable without one or the other restriction. The economical pricing policy also includes nice extras like the P80P Debug Card, as we are used to from EPoX.

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Stability

As we have already mentioned in the last reviews, in the end all current boards are on a very high level. The K7S5A also ran very stable in the test, only Quake3 didn't want to endure too many benchmarks in a row. So far this problem has occurred with all boards and in the 'game mode' even longer gaming in Quake3 could not shake the board. Only the A7V266 ran perfectly in this category. Nevertheless, the SiS735 performs very well here too. We cannot confirm the problems with Apacer RAM mentioned in the forum. Neither does a whole seriesother malfunctions that readers reported in our forum . The board ran perfectly with us with the mentioned hardware configuration.

Overclocking

On the subject of overclocking we are certainly bad at the weak point. Well, the ability to overclock a processor is definitely not a mandatory task of a mainboard as long as the current CPUs are running with their correct settings. But seldom before did the 'hobby overclocking' have so many fans as it does now. But one after the other. After the first inspection of the board layout, the only isolated jumpers were noticeable, which in the back of my mind aroused the joyful expectation of a user-friendly soft menu in the BIOS. But nothing. The CPU multiplier and the core voltage are recognized automatically and cannot be manipulated. But there is also disillusionment with the front-side bus. The only option that can be changed is that of the clock ratio. 100/100Mhz, 100/133Mhz and 133/133Mhz are available and thus at least the ability of the SiS735 to operate the clock asynchronously has been integrated into the BIOS. But the bottom line remains: the K7S5A cannot be overclocked by jumper or BIOS alone. However, die-hard craft lovers with the courage to take risks will still find what they are looking for on www.ocworkbench.com But first of all. The necessary modifications go far beyond the usual 'one-cable soldering' actions! If you only want to overclock the front-side bus, you can now use the SoftFSB software tool. The H.Oda program supports the K7A5S and thus enables the clock to be changed during operation.

Note: To prevent unnoticed overclocking attempts by the manufacturer, as is the order of the day at Asus We risked a look at the WCPUID tool from H.Oda with the BIOS settings 10x133. OfHowever, there is no question of overclocking here either, because with an FSB of 132.77Mhz and thus an effective 1327.7Mhz, the board is clocked rather conservatively. The exact timing should be 133.33Mhz.

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