IRQ Usage

  • Allows user to individually set IRQs for each Legacy ISA card

  • Allows user to assign IRQ for USB

  • Allows user to assign IRQ for VGA card

 


Recommended SDRAM

Recommended SDRAM: AMM PC100 SDRAM, Azzo PC100 SDRAM, Corsair PC100 SDRAM; Memory Man PC100 SDRAM
SDRAM Tested: 1 x 64 AMM PC100 SDRAM, 1 x 64 Azzo PC100 SDRAM, 1 x 64MB Corsair PC100 SDRAM; 1 x 64MB Memory-Man PC100 SDRAM

Manufacturer: Advanced American Megatrends Technologies
Purchase Web-Site: http://www.megacom.com

Manufacturer: Azzo Computers
Purchase Web-Site: http://www.azzo.com

Manufacturer: Corsair Microsystems
Purchase Web-Site: http://www.tccomputers.com/

Manufacturer: The Memory Man
Purchase Web-Site: http://www.memory-man.com

 


The Test

In recent times, choosing a motherboard cannot be completely determined by a Winstone score. Now, many boards come within one Winstone point of each other and therefore the need to benchmark boards against each other falls. Therefore you shouldn't base your decision entirely on the benchmarks you see here, but also on the technical features and advantages of this particular board, seeing as that will probably make the greatest difference in your overall experience.

How I Tested

  • Each benchmark was run a minimum of 2 times and a maximum of 5 times, if the motherboard failed to complete a single test within the 5 allocated test runs the OS/Software was re-installed on a freshly formatted Hard Drive and the BIOS settings were adjusted to prevent the test from failing again.  All such encounters were noted at the exact time of their occurrence.

  • Business Winstone 98 was run at each individually tested clock speed, if reliable scores were achieved with the first two test runs of the suite an average of the two was taken and recorded as the final score at that clock speed.  If the test system displayed erratic behavior while the tests were running or the results were incredibly low/high the tests were re-run up to 5 times and an average of all the test runs was taken and recorded at the final score at that clock speed

  • After each motherboard was tested a complete format of the test hard drive was initiated and the OS/benchmarking software was re-installed afterwards a defragment was initiated using Windows 95's Disk Defragmentation Utility

  • Tests using AGP Video cards were only run under Winstone 97, as the AGP Millennium II does not affect the Business Winstone 98 score when compared to the PCI Millennium II used in the tests.

  • No foreign drivers were present in the test system other than those required for the system to function to the best of its ability

  • All foreign installation files were moved to a separate partition during the test as to prevent them from effecting the test results

  • All tests were conducted at 800 x 600 x 16-bit color depth

Test Configuration

Processor(s): AMD K6/300 AFR
AMD K6-3D 300 AFR
Intel Pentium MMX 233
Cyrix 6x86MX-PR2/200
RAM: 1 - 64MB AMM DIMM
1 - 64MB Azzo DIMM
1 - 64MB Corsair DIMM
1 - 64MB Memory Man DIMM
Hard Drive(s): Western Digital Caviar AC35100 - UltraATA
Video Card(s): Matrox Millennium II (4MB WRAM - AGP)
Bus Master Drivers: VIA 2.14
Video Drivers: MGA Millennium 4.07.00.700
VIA GART VxD v1.7
Operation System(s): Windows 95 Service Release 2.1
Motherboard Revision: TMC TI5VG+ v1.0A

NOTE: Do not compare these scores to older benchmarks results at AnandTech as the configuration of these tests differs (HDD and Video Mode)

Ziff Davis Winstone - Windows 95 Performance

Winstone 98
Business
AMD K6/300 - 66MHz x 4.5 20.6
AMD K6/300 - 100MHz x 3.0 22.4
Intel Pentium MMX 233 - 66MHz x 3.5 17.4
Cyrix 6x86MX PR2/200+ - 66MHz x 2.5 17.7

The Final Decision

Until California Graphics ships its Photon 100 MVP3 board, the king of the ATX Super7 hill seems to be the TMC TI5VG+, for now at least.   If you absolutely must have a Super7 motherboard now, and the specs agree with your desires, drop on by www.grumpmicro.com and place an order for one of these babies.  The best thing to do know would be to wait, however I know how tempting new technology can be...if you can hold out just another week or two you will greatly benefit in the long run.

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