BIOS Settings

TMC TI6NB Chipset Features Setup

Item Settings
66/68/75/83/100MHz FSB 112/133MHz FSB Safe
Auto Configuration: Disabled Disabled Enabled
SDRAM RAS-to-CAS Delay: 2 2 3
SDRAM RAS Precharge Time: 2 3 3
SDRAM CAS Latency Time: 2 3 3
DRAM Data Integrity Mode: Non-ECC Non-ECC Non-ECC
System BIOS Cacheable: Enabled Enabled Disabled
Video BIOS Cacheable: Enabled Enabled Disabled
Video RAM Cacheable: Disabled Disabled Disabled
8 Bit I/O Recovery Time: 1 4 4
16 Bit I/O Recovery Time: 1 2 2
Memory Hole At 15M-16M: Disabled Disabled Disabled
Passive Release: Enabled Enabled Disabled
Delayed Transaction: Enabled Enabled Disabled
AGP Aperture Size (MB): 64 64 8
Auto Detect DIMM/PCI Clk: Disabled Disabled Enabled
Spread Spectrum Modulated: Disabled Disabled Disabled
CPU Host/PCI Clock: Default Default Default

 


USB Compatibility

Number of Universal Serial Bus Root Ports: 2
USB IRQ Enable/Disable in BIOS: No
USB Keyboard Support in BIOS: Yes

 


Recommended SDRAM

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

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

  • 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): Pentium II Celeron - 266 OEM
Pentium II - 400 OEM
RAM: 1 - 64MB Corsair PC100 SDRAM DIMM
1 - 64MB Memory Man PC100 SDRAM DIMM
Hard Drive(s): Western Digital Caviar AC35100 - UltraATA
Video Card(s): Matrox Millennium II (4MB WRAM - AGP)
Bus Master Drivers: Intel v3.01.01
Video Drivers: MGA Millennium 4.07.00.700
Operation System(s): Windows 95 Service Release 2.1
Motherboard Revision: TMC TI6NB v2.20

 

Ziff Davis Winstone - Windows 95 Performance

Business Winstone 98
Intel Pentium II Deschutes - 350 (100 x 3.5) 24.9
Intel Pentium II Deschutes - 400 (100 x 4.0) 26.6
Intel Pentium II Deschutes - 448 (112 x 4.0) 27.9
Intel Pentium II Deschutes - 466 (133 x 3.5) Failed
Intel Pentium II Celeron - 266 (66 x 4.0) 17.8
Intel Pentium II Celeron - 333 (83 x 4.0) 20.6

The Final Decision

Don't feel comfortable with 4 PCI slots?   Just add the TMC TI6NB to your choices of boards to look at with 5 PCI slots, and who knows, it may just impress you as it did this reviewer who wasn't expecting much from the board.  Just goes to show you that big things do sometimes come in small packages.

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