EPoX 8KHA + with KT266A in the test: A mainboard like no other
- 1 Preface
- The chipset: VIA KT266A
- 2 Scope of delivery
- 3 Equipment
- 4 Test system
- 9 Conclusion EPoX 8KHA +
- Conclusion KT266A
SiSoft Sandra 2001
The tension was high, the first test in SiSoft Sandra was due. The tool can currently count itself confidently to one of the most popular memory benchmarks, the results promise a first outlook on the upcoming tests. We have chosen two different test settings. On the one hand the well-known 'moderate' settings (with which all other benchmarks were run and EXACTLY correspond to those of the 8KHA) and on the other hand the best possible options that can be selected in the BIOS. Incidentally, these were not possible with our Apacer bar on the 8KHA, the computer no longer even booted under these conditions. The 8KHA + shows no weaknesses in this regard and mastered the hurdle without batting an eyelid. Certainly a sign of the improved structure of the EPoX board.
Even the 'direct comparison' with identical BIOS settings demonstrates the gigantic one in an impressive wayCable thrust and protrusion of the KT266A. None of the other chipsets can only begin to follow, with 725MB/s in the ALU and 881MB/s in the FPU rating, the 8KHA + takes the lead. The difference to the predecessor is enormous despite the identical settings. The 2nd run with the BIOS settings 'Turbo', which among other things includes the '1T Command' that cannot run on the 8KHA, finally brings the 8KHA + into the previously unattained dimensions of Socket A boards. The board barely missed the 1GB/s mark in the FPU rating.
The first impression seems to be that to confirm the really successful integration of a 'new' or at least extremely improved memory controller. But the question of whether the theoretical additional performance will also apply in practice remains. The following tests will show it.
In order to test the knowledge gained in SiSoft Sandra for its suitability for everyday use away from the colorful game worlds, we have decided to create a 'WinACE Test 'to be included in the review. The task is to pack a 359MB folder with 85 bitmaps and a number of other files. The fact that the memory throughput also and especially plays an important role gave reason to hope for a meaningful result. Due to time constraints, however, we have refrained from retrospectively testing all boards we have tested in this discipline. We chose the predecessor of the 8KHA +, the 8KHA, as a representative.
The KT266A can take 48 seconds from its predecessor on practically the same mainboard. The bios settings were also exactly the same. The KT266 is left with nothing else than its defeat with a 7.5% lower 'packing performance'to admit.
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