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ECS K7S5A

ECS K7S5A

"ECS K7S5A motherboard review also featuring the Jetway 663AS Pro. Software used was Max Payne, Quake 3 and Serious Sam."

The ECS K7S5A offers an incredible price to performance ratio, best value for your money, a well-rounded feature set and rock-solid stability and is a terrific choice for anyone who plans to move to a DDR platform.

ECS K7S5A FEATURES

PROCESSORS

AMD Athlon XP / Athlon / Duron CPU
266 / 200MHz FSB

CHIPSET

SiS 735 System Chipset
Super I/O and LPC ITE8705F
System Hardware Monitor: Built-in ITE8705
LAN: MAC integrated in SiSŪ735 & PHY on board
AC97 Audio Codec

SYSTEM BIOS

AMI 2Mb Flash EEPROM
Supports Plug and Play 1.0A, AMP 1.2, Multi Boot, DMI
Support for ACPI revision 1.0 specification

MEMORY

2 DDR DIMM sockets and 2 DIMM sockets support
Two 184-pin DDR SDRAM (DDR200, DDR266)
Two 168-pin 3.3V SDRAM (PC100, PC133)
Maximum: 1.0GB (DDR or SDRAM)

K7S5A Mainboard I/O INTERFACE

Supports Plug and Play function
PS/2 keyboard and PS/2 mouse connectors
Dual USB ports and an optional LAN connector
1 EPP/ECP mode parallel port
2 16550 high-speed serial I/O ports
Audio ports (Line-in/out, Mic-in, CD-in and game port)
Dual PCI IDE interfaces support four IDE devices
Supports 360K~2.88M Byte, 3 mode FDDs or LS120
ATX power supply connectors
Ports, headers and others:
IrDA header
Extra USB header
Two CD-In headers
Front Panel MIC/Line-Out header
CPU and case fan headers
Modem Ring Wake Up Header

RTC & BATTERY

SIS 735 included 256 bytes of CMOS SRAM
With CMOS hardware clear jumper

EXPANSION SLOTS

5 PCI slots, 1 4X AGP slot, 1 AMR slot

FORM FACTOR

ATX (304mm*244mm), 4 Layers

GENERAL SYSTEM INFORMATION

PROCESSOR AMD ATHLON XP 1700
VIDEO CARD VIDEOLOGIC VIVID XS KYRO 2
POWERVR DRIVER VIVXS37179W9X.EXE (v1.05.15.84)
MOTHERBOARD ECS K7S5A
MEMORY 512MB CRUCIAL PC2100 DDR
MOTHERBOARD JETWAY 663AS PRO
MEMORY 512MB SAMSUNG PC133 SDRAM
OPERATING SYSTEM WINDOWS 98
DIRECTX VERSION v8.1

MAX PAYNE

640x480

ECS K7S5A94
JETWAY 663AS PRO63

800x600

ECS K7S5A92
JETWAY 663AS PRO62

1024x768

ECS K7S5A78
JETWAY 663AS PRO62

ECS K7S5A JETWAY 663AS PRO

BENCHMARK SETTINGS

Shooting Alex Benchmark
High Quality Setting
Trilinear Filtering
Fogging Enabled
Sounds Enabled
Task Switching Disabled
Triple Screen Buffers Enabled

COMMENT "The ECS K7S5A motherboard using the SIS735 chipset delivers a very impressive performance increase of between 21% to 33% higher than the Jetway 663AS Pro motherboard which uses the KT133 chipset."


QUAKE 3

640x480

ECS K7S5A137
JETWAY 663AS PRO107

800x600

ECS K7S5A132
JETWAY 663AS PRO100

1024x768

ECS K7S5A101
JETWAY 663AS PRO71

ECS K7S5A JETWAY 663AS PRO

BENCHMARK SETTINGS

Four.dm68 Benchmark
32Bit Colour Depth
Texture Compress Disabled
Lightmap Lighting
High Geometric Detail
Full Texture Detail
Trilinear Texture Filtering

COMMENT "The performance shown by the ECS K7S5A in the Max Payne results is repeated with the Quake 3 test, the ECS K7S5A manages an impressive 22% to 30% increase in performance over the Jetway 663AS Pro."


SERIOUS SAM

640x480

ECS K7S5A102
JETWAY 663AS PRO83

800x600

ECS K7S5A96
JETWAY 663AS PRO80

1024x768

ECS K7S5A76
JETWAY 663AS PRO64

ECS K7S5A JETWAY 663AS PRO

BENCHMARK SETTINGS

Quality Setting
UHSS Demo
Huge Texture Size
Detailed Textures Enabled
Huge Shadowmap Size
Standard Lens Flare
No Wait Vertical Retrace
Wide Screen Disabled

COMMENT "Serious Sam is the most demanding game benchmark features in this review but the ECS K7S5A is more than up to the challenge. The ECS K7S5A offers a big 16% to 19% increase in performance over the JETWAY 663As Pro for a very impressive win."


FINAL RESULT

ECS K7S5A805
JETWAY 663AS PRO704

ECS K7S5A JETWAY 663AS PRO

COMMENT "After adding up all of the game benchmark results there is a 13% difference in the performance of the ECS K7S5A and Jetway 663AS Pro motherboards."

CONCLUSION "The ECS K7S5A motherboard performed very well, it's use of DDR and the older SDR memory means that it is also more future proof than the Jetway 663AS Pro motherboard. Although a performance advantage over the Jetway 663AS Pro of 13% doesn't sound like much in terms of extra frames per second that is an extra 101 frames per second. To put the 13% into real world performance the ECS K7S5A delivered an extra 31fps with Max Payne, 30fps with With Quake 3 and 19fps with Serious Sam. Real game results like this will improve your gaming enjoyment."

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