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. 

Windows 95 Performance - Business Winstone 97 - AMD K6 225 (75MHz x 3.0)

Motherboard

Business Winstone 97

ABIT AX5 2.2

57.5

ABIT IT5H 1.5

56.4

ABIT IT5H 2.0

55.6

ABIT PD5N

55.2

ABIT PX5

56.6

ABIT TX5

56.1

ABIT TX5N

55.8

AOpen AP58

55.9

AOpen AX5T-2

56.2

AOpen AX5T-3.1

56.7

ASUS TXP4-X

57.0

Chaintech 5SDA

55.7

Chaintech 5SIM

55.8

Chaintech 5TDM2

56.3

Chaintech 5TTL

56.4

Chaintech 5TTM

Failed

Chaintech 5TTM1

56.5

DFI P5XV3

56.8

DFI P5XV3 (AGP)

56.9

EPoX P55-VP3

55.9

FIC PA-2007

56.3

FIC PA-2010+

51.8

FIC PA-2011

55.0

FIC PA-2012

56.9

FIC PA-2012 (AGP)

57.2

FIC PT-2007

57.5

Megatrends HX83

56.6

MTech MIG R539

Failed

MTech MIG R540

55.3

MTech MIG R541

55.7

MTech Mustang R534F

54.0

QDI Titanium 1B

56.1

Shuttle HOT-565

57.2

Shuttle HOT-567

55.8

Shuttle HOT-569

56.6

Shuttle HOT-571

56.2

Shuttle HOT-603

57.0

Supermicro P5MMA

55.7

Supermicro P5MMS98

55.9

Tyan Titan Turbo S1573S

55.6

A few months ago the FIC PA-2007 was the topic of discussion all over the net, however in the hype most people failed to notice the release of a much less prominent motherboard, the FIC PT-2007.  Nearly identical to the PA-2007 with the only real difference being that the PT-2007 is based on the Intel TX chipset as opposed to VIA VP2 chipset found in the PA-2007.  Which is the faster motherboard?  Contrary to popular belief, the TX based PT-2007 is in fact a faster motherboard than the VP2 based PA-2007.  The only real advantage of the PA-2007 is the ability to cache above 64MB of RAM, which is only possible if you purchase the PA-2007 with 1MB of L2 cache, and even then the motherboard will only cache 127MB of RAM.   Although the VIA VP2 chipset has an integrated 10-bit tag RAM comparator, the physical tag RAM used on the PA-2007 is a 32Kx8 module, with a realistic width of 7-bits.   What does this mean?  It means that with 1MB of L2 cache you can still only cache 127MB of RAM with the PA-2007, and with 512KB of L2 cache expect a realistic cacheable memory area of approximately 64MB.  Comparing a PA-2007 (512KB) to a PT-2007 (512KB) now appears to be much easier than originally thought.  Although this may rule the VP2 chipset out of your decision, the VP3 chipset still remains, and it packs a powerful punch. 

In 4th place the FIC PA-2012 (AGP), using the VIA VP3 chipset, proves that Intel doesn't necessarily rule all with the AMD K6 processor, while the point differential between the 1st place FIC PT-2007 and the 14th place Chaintech 5TTM1 is only 1 Winstone point you need to realize that the most important factor in any motherboard purchase is the feature-set the motherboard in question provides you with.  The benchmarks do have some relevance, however they shouldn't be the deciding factor in your purchase.  Naturally you don't want to purchase the slowest motherboard here, however the performance of the top 20 motherboards on this chart are pretty much equal in terms of real world situations.

AMD K6 Performance K6 Performance (cont)

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