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): AMD K6-2 300 AFR
Intel Pentium MMX 233
Cyrix M-II 300
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
VIA Gart VxD v2.6
Operation System(s): Windows 95 Service Release 2.1
Motherboard Revision: Chaintech 5AGM2 - v1.0


Ziff Davis Winstone - Windows 95 Performance

Winstone 98
AMD K6-2 300 - 100MHz x 3.0 22.4
AMD K6-2 300 - 66MHz x 4.5 20.8
Intel Pentium MMX 233 - 66MHz x 3.5 17.4
Intel Pentium MMX 250 - 100MHz x 2.5 19.8
Cyrix M-II 300 - 66MHz x 3.5 20.7

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The Final Decision

A well made board, beautiful documentation, excellent bundle...but what makes the Final Decision in this case to pursue a different motherboard?  Simply because the 5AGM2 doesn't differ from the majority of AT Super7 motherboards.  If you are looking for an average Super7 board, which the 5AGM2 is since it offers no real advantages, outside of the Chaintech name, over the competition.   FIC will begin shipping their latest AT Super7 motherboard with a few new features you overclockers will surely love, for the rest, the 5AGM2 is a valid option, for something different, give the new Tyan or FIC Super7 boards a look.


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