IRQ Usage

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

  • Allows user to assign IRQ to PCI VGA

  • Allows user to assign Off-board PCI IDE IRQ's

 


BIOS Settings

Iwill XA100 Chipset Features Setup

Item Settings
  Recommended Safe
USB Function: Disabled Disabled
USB Legacy Support: Disabled Disabled
DRAM Timing: Auto Auto
Gated Clock: Enabled Disabled
Graphics Aperture Size: 64MB 8MB
Primary Frame Buffer: Enabled Disabled
VGA Frame Buffer: Enabled Disabled
Data Merge: Disabled Disabled
Passive Release: Enabled Disabled
ISA Line Buffer: Disabled Disabled
Delayed Transaction: Enabled Disabled
AT Bus Clock: Enabled Disabled

 


Recommended SDRAM

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

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

Manufacturer: 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 256 colors

Test Configuration

Processor(s): AMD K6/300 AFR
Intel Pentium MMX 233
Cyrix 6x86MX-PR2/200
RAM: 1 - 64MB Corsair PC100 SDRAM DIMM
1 - 64MB Memory Man PC100 SDRAM DIMM
Hard Drive(s): Western Digital Caviar AC21600H
Video Card(s): Matrox Millennium II (4MB WRAM - AGP)
Bus Master Drivers: ALi BMIDE
Video Drivers: MGA Millennium 4.07.00.700
ALi GART VxD
Operation System(s): Windows 95 Service Release 2.1

 

Ziff Davis Winstone - Windows 95 Performance

Winstone 98 Winstone 97
Business Business
AMD K6/300 - 66MHz x 4.5 --- 60.5
AMD K6/300 - 100MHz x 3.0 21.4 66.7
AMD K6/266 -66MHz x 4.0 --- 58.9
AMD K6/250 -100MHz x 2.5 --- 61.7
Intel Pentium MMX 250 - 100MHz x 2.6 --- 58.6
Intel Pentium MMX 233 - 66MHz x 3.5 17.2 54.1
Cyrix 6x86MX PR2/200+ - 66MHz x 2.5 --- 55.4

 


The Final Decision

As a Super7 motherboard, the Iwill XA100 is a wonderful example of what you should look for in an ATX Form Factor Aladdin V motherboard.   You could always wait for another company to release their Super7 board and pass up the XA100 or you could walk down the path of the Cheetah.  When it comes down to the Final Decision, should you pass up this board from Iwill?  I wouldn't.

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