ECS K7S6A with SiS745 in the test: The successor to the SiS735 is here
- 1 Preface
- The chipset: SiS745
- Sense or nonsense: DDR333?
- 2 Scope of delivery and documentation
- 3 Equipment
- 4 Stability
- 5 Test system
- The agony of RAM choice
- 10 Conclusion K7S6A
We immediately noticed this when we were assembling the board in the test computer somewhat rebellious layout of the K7S6A. Since the SiS745 requires significantly less space thanks to its compact design, ECS has been able to shrink the board size by more than two centimeters. Some screws on the mainboard sled had to be moved first.
Our first look after the installation was as always and depending on the CPU socket. On the K7S6A, this is located extremely far to the right on the board, which at first glance does not matter. However, careless installation of a drive can lead to an EIDE cable obstructing the airflow of the fan. Unfortunately, Elitegroup has also placed the space for the ATX power connection 'under' the base, so that this cable should also be routed carefully past the cooler. Otherwise, the board should offer enough space for the common cooler models. Our Celeron boxed cooler and the rather massive GlobalWIN WBK38 fit that without any problemsK7S6A.
Our second look was at the three RAM -Slots of the K7S6A. Unlike its predecessor, the K7S5A with SiS735 chipset, this board only supports DDR and no SD RAM. However, if you are already thinking of a board equipped with 1.5 GB of memory, you will be disappointed either in the manual or in practice at the latest. If the K7S6A is operated with DDR266 RAM, this mark should still be reached with 3x 512MB, but with DDR333 Elitegroupe only guarantees two modules. Another sign that not only the memory manufacturers have serious problems with the next generation.
The number of slots for optional additional cards also corresponds roughly to the current standard. An AGP slot with a practical 'snap-in aid', five PCI slots and an unfortunately less helpful CNR slot fill the lower part of the board. Fortunately, capacitors that could get in the way of a GeForce4 Ti overloaded with components, as was the case with the EPoX 8KHA +, are in vain.
One or the other reader will certainly miss the 'right' equipment features such as RAID, DeBug-Card or other. However, like the K7S5A, ECS Elitegroup is also reducing the scope of delivery and equipment to the minimum for the K7S6A in order to be able to offer the board at a competitive price. Revision 1.0 of the board was available to us as a test copy.
On the next page: Stability