The Asus, whilst not the best, is certainly in the top half of those that we tested. Everything is stowed away neatly. Once again, the impression of quality is evident here. We mentioned that the Asus seems to over-supply voltage at any given setting. We’ve not seen this before, presumably it ensures compatibility with the different processors. The RAID ports are located above the main IDE ports, we’d wish Asus would differentiate the ports like most other manufacturers do, a completely different colour would have sufficed. Here’s a quick rundown of our test system and benchmarks used.
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All benchmarks were conducted at xx32 85Hz with vertical sync disabled. Vhipset one takes a while to complete. We mentioned that the Asus seems to over-supply voltage at any given setting. You’ll typically find an Asus board sitting in a ready-built PC.
The socket has plenty of room around it ensuring that even large coolers are relatively easy to fit.
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Asus have always impressed me with their presentation and the A7VE is no different. We appreciate that little touch. We’ve been able to empirically prove that Pifast thrives not only on pure CPU speed but also on memory throughput. We see our recurring theme present here.
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Asus also show the relative running speed chipsst the PCI bus. Features and Installation Just a brief glimpse reveals that Asus have loaded the board with some rather nice goodies.
Benchmarks were run 3 times consecutively and an average score was taken. Our visual preferences were xx32 Normal settings. Simply unplug the memory and away you go. It’s well presented, has a multitude of features and is a champion in the stability stakes. It seems Asus’ lack of bandwidth is negatively impacting on results. Here’s a quick rundown of our test system and benchmarks used.
Can you say consistent?
We’ll try the test at Fastest to garner cipset idea of total throughput and then at Quality to represent something that mirrors actual playing resolutions.
The RAID ports are located above the main IDE ports, we’d wish Asus would differentiate the ports like most other manufacturers do, a completely different colour would have sufficed.
So far we’ve seen the Asus put up a commendable performance in our benchmarks, let’s now focus on gaming and see if it continues to do so. Using slightly stricter settings resulted in failed boot-ups. This boded well for our overclocking efforts.
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The Asus, whilst not the best, is certainly in the top half of those that we tested. Vcore can be raised from 1. Asus, like most other manufacturers, simply replaced their KT offering by substituting the more efficient KTA North bridge in place of the older KT North bridge chipset.
The usual power and system setup options are present too. We calculate the average FPS after 20, frames have been encoded. The layout of the board is generally good with the exception of an oddly placed floppy drive port.
The words that spring to this reviewer’s mind are stability, quality and reliability. We could successfully run our XP 13x on the board without any problems, an upgraded BIOS may be asux for future processors. Perhaps we’re being a bit over-critical, but we’ve seen some truly excellent motherboards come through the door recently. The Asus seems to fall short of this little bit extra, it does a lot of things well but fails to set our world on fire.
As part of our stability testing, we ran SETI. The memory throughput is a far more interesting comparison. We’ll next turn our attention to Pifast.