The AMD K6, in spite of a few of its shortcomings, has made itself a very popular item on the internet today. However the question, "What is the best K6 motherboard" is often asked lacking a great and proper response.  So without further adieu let's take a look at the top 40 motherboards out today, and how they pair up with the K6.

Windows 95 Performance - Business Winstone 97 - AMD K6 208 (83MHz x 2.5)

Motherboard

Business Winstone 97

ABIT AX5 2.2

58.9

ABIT IT5H 1.5

58.1

ABIT IT5H 2.0

56.9

ABIT PD5N

55.6

ABIT PX5

Failed

ABIT TX5

Failed

ABIT TX5N

57.1

AOpen AP58

56.1

AOpen AX5T-2

56.2

AOpen AX5T-3.1

56.4

ASUS TXP4-X

56.5

Chaintech 5SDA

55.9

Chaintech 5SIM

55.6

Chaintech 5TDM2

56.1

Chaintech 5TTL

56.4

Chaintech 5TTM

Not Supported

Chaintech 5TTM1

Not Supported

DFI P5XV3

Not Supported

DFI P5XV3 (AGP)

Not Supported

EPoX P55-VP3

Not Supported

FIC PA-2007

Not Supported

FIC PA-2010+

52.0

FIC PA-2011

Not Supported

FIC PA-2012

Not Supported

FIC PA-2012 (AGP)

Not Supported

FIC PT-2007

Not Supported

Megatrends HX83

56.4

MTech MIG R539

Not Supported

MTech MIG R540

Failed

MTech MIG R541

Failed

MTech Mustang R534F

54.0

QDI Titanium 1B

Not Supported

Shuttle HOT-565

57.0

Shuttle HOT-567

55.9

Shuttle HOT-569

56.4

Shuttle HOT-571

Failed

Shuttle HOT-603

Failed

Supermicro P5MMA

55.6

Supermicro P5MMS98

Failed

Tyan Titan Turbo S1573S

Not Supported

Initially, overclocked to 208MHz (83 x 2.5) ABIT takes the early lead with 4 of their 7 motherboards placing in the top 5 spots, an amazing accomplishment on the part of the small Taiwanese based company.  Bringing in a Pentium II - like score of 58.9, the ABIT AX5 (2.2) quickly fades the line between AMD's K6 and Intel's power packed Pentium II.  Coming in a close 2nd place is the HX based ABIT IT5H 1.5, due to the lack of SDRAM support by the Intel HX chipset, the IT5H tests used EDO RAM as opposed to the SDRAM which was used in all other tests.  In theory this factor should penalize the performance of the IT5H, however as you can see by the scores, even in spite of this fact, the IT5H beats some of the "more advanced" TX motherboards. 

Once again the Shuttle HOT-565, coming in 4th place, manages to defeat a great percentage of the newly released TX motherboards as well as the SiS 5582 based AOpen AP58.  Unfortunately none of the VP2/VP3 based motherboards tested supported the 83MHz bus speed (with the exception of the highly unstable Shuttle HOT-603 which failed the Winstone tests) therefore we can't get a wide variety of scores in this particular test...final decision here?  Intel all the way...which is quite interesting since the AMD K6 would be one of the last processors one would expect to shine with an Intel chipset. 

Cyrix Performance (cont) K6 Performance (cont)

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