Recommended SDRAM

This little addition to my review layout was put in here just so you all can have an idea of what brand of SDRAM I recommend and have tested with the board, just to avoid problems in the future if you decide to purchase the board.

Recommended SDRAM: Advanced Megatrends SDRAM, Corsair SDRAM, SmarTech SDRAM
SDRAM Tested: 2 x 32MB Advanced Megatrends SDRAM DIMMs, 2 x 32MB Corsair SDRAM DIMMs

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

Manufacturer: Corsair
Purchase Web-Site: http://www.nf-ny.com/nfny/comp.html

 


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.

Test Configuration

Processor(s): AMD K6-233 ANR & Intel Pentium MMX - 233 & Cyrix 6x86MX-PR2/200
RAM: 2 - 32MB Advanced Megatrends SDRAM DIMMs 2- 32MB Corsair SDRAM DIMMs
Hard Drive(s): Western Digital Caviar AC21600H
Video Card: Matrox Millennium (2MB WRAM)
Busmaster EIDE Drivers: VIA 2.03
Video Card Drivers: MGA Millennium 4.03.00.3410
OS: Windows 95 Service Release 2
System Cooling: 1" Heatsink/Fan Combo
2 Case Fans
Generic OEM Mid Tower Case

 

Windows 95 Performance of the FIC PA-2011

CPU Business Winstone 97
AMD K6-200 45.7
AMD K6-225 49.6
AMD K6-233 48.4
Intel Pentium MMX - 200 43.9
Intel Pentium MMX - 225 49.0
Intel Pentium MMX - 233 48.1
Cyrix 6x86MX-PR2/200 (166/66) 50.0

Here I was quite disappointed with the PA-2011, even with the bus mastering drivers installed I couldn't top the performance of the PA-2007. The best overall performer with this board is still the 6x86MX however.

 


The Final Decision

I personally recommend the PA-2007 over this, however, if you absolutely must have a VP2 based motherboard in an ATX form factor give the PA-2011 some consideration.

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