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ECS K7S6A with SiS745 in the test: The successor to the SiS735 is here

ECS K7S6A with SiS745 in the test: The successor to the SiS735 is here

Conclusion K7S6A

What was it now - the memory or the mainboard? For a final conclusion, this question should first be clarified. It seems certain that the Apacer DDR333 CL2.5 RAM thwarted our plans properly. It was clear to us even before the review that a RAM module based solely on manufacturer specifications would not do particularly well in terms of compatibility or speed. However, we did not expect that we can only operate the memory with the absolutely slowest settings that the K7S6A has to offer. Our results with the PC2700 memory therefore in no way reflect the potential performance of the K7S6A with specified, decent RAM. The slogan 'It is not all gold that glitters' should have more than clearly come true. It seems beyond question that the PC2700 memory was too prematurely let loose on the consumer for marketing reasons. Because although the first modules appeared on the market months ago, theAdoption of the standard by JEDEC on March 28, 2002. In any case, we will try to chase the board with more powerful DDR333 through the benchmark course one more time in order to then be able to use the potential of the SiS745 and the board.

And how are the results of the K7S6A with DDR266 to be interpreted? The board's lag behind the competition must be clearly attributed to the board. At least on the K7S6A, the SiS745 does not show the performance of the KT266A or the nForce by far. The board's quirk of not wanting to address the RAM with a CLAS latency of 2.0 certainly contributed to this. There is a BETA BIOS, which is supposed to fix this problem at least in some cases. However, as always, we did not use it in our review. But even with this setting, the K7S6A would certainly not have been close to the top positions. Otherwise the K7S6A is like the K7S5A. Simple and functional. The equipment and scope of delivery are limited to the absolute minimum, but the stability was excellent. With a current price of around € 95, ECS Elitegroup is again on a tough course. For the 8KHA + also considered in this test, you still have to shell out just under 135 €. Thus, the K7S6A is particularly suitable for low budget customers with cautious demands and the option to switch to DDR333 RAM in the future. Boards with VIAs KT333 cost a lot more money. But if you don't care about the upcoming RAM standards and you have one or two euros in your pocket, you should be better off with a board with KT266A.

As always, our forum is available for questions responsible.

ECS K7S6A
  • Price
  • Stability
  • Overclocking
  • Supports DDR333
  • Performance withDDR266
  • minimal equipment
  • CNR slot

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