Chaintech 6LTM

by Anand Lal Shimpi on January 9, 1998 3:21 PM EST
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): Intel Pentium II - 266 (512K)
BIOS Revision: Std BIOS
RAM: 2 - 32MB Megatrends SDRAM DIMMs 2 - 32MB Corsair SDRAM DIMMs
Hard Drive(s): Quantum Fireball ST (3.2GB) Ultra ATA
Video Card: Matrox Millennium (2MB WRAM)
Busmaster EIDE Drivers: Intel v3.01
Video Card Drivers: MGA Millennium
OS: Windows 95 Service Release 2


Windows 95 Performance of the Chaintech 6LTM
CPU Business Winstone 97 High End Winstone 97 Business Graphics Winmark 97
Intel Pentium II - 375 71.6 Not Run Not Run
Intel Pentium II - 337.5 68.4 36.3 149
Intel Pentium II - 332 Not Run Not Run Not Run
Intel Pentium II - 300 67.5 35.6 140
Intel Pentium II - 266 64.4 33.1 136
Intel Pentium II - 233 61.6 31.5 120

At all clock speeds the Chaintech 6LTM smokes the competition.  The new scores are 375MHz are truly amazing, especially for a motherboard produced by a manufacturer you've probably never even heard of =)

Chaintech 6LTM Performance (Cont.)
Chip Quake Frame Rate 3D Winmark 98 Chris Dial's Benchmark
WinQuake GLQuake SVGA Bench VGA Bench
Intel Pentium II 337.5MHz (AGP) Not Run Not Run 407 100.3 fps 187.8 fps
Intel Pentium II 337.5MHz (PCI) 20.6 Coming Soon! 94.7 49.8 fps 223.2 fps


Chaintech 6LTM Performance (Cont.)
CPU Business Winstone 98 Business Graphics Winmark 98 FPU Mark CPU Mark32
Intel Pentium II - 375 (AGP) Not Run Not Run 1930 1006
Intel Pentium II - 337.5 (AGP) 22.9 161 1740 913


The Final Decision

If you had asked me to recommend a Pentium II board other than the Megatrends FX83-A a few months ago, I would have told you to ask me another question. However now I believe the Chaintech 6LTM is a worthy successor to the FX83-A, at least until Megatrends has a chance to retaliate with the LX83. Even then I believe the 6LTM will hold its ground as one of the best Pentium II LX boards on the market, today and in the future.

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