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ASROCK K7S8X

ASROCK K7S8X

"Today we are testing the new ASROCK K7S8X motherboard which we will compare to the older Asus A7S333 motherboard which uses the older SIS745 chipset. Software used is 3dmark 2001 SE, 3dmark 2003, Quake 3, Serious Sam SE and Unreal Tournament 2003."

ASROCK K7S8X MOTHERBOARD FEATURES

CPU Socket Socket 462
ASRock U-COP ASRock CPU Overheating Protection.
FSB 333/266/200 MHz
DDR400/333/266, Max. 3GB DDR266 memory
1 x AGP 8X/4X 1.5Volt
6 PCI slots
ATA 133 supported.
5.1 Channel audio.
10/100 Ethernet LAN
Connector IDE 2 x ATA 133/100/66/33
Floppy 1 connector
1 x SIR
Keyboard PS2 x1
Mouse PS2 x1
USB2.0 4 ports default on rear + 2 ports via header
Serial 1
Parallel 1
Game/MIDI 1
Audio I/O Line In/Line Out/Mic.
CPU/Chassis FAN connectors
20 pin ATX power connector


GENERAL SYSTEM INFORMATION

PROCESSOR AMD ATHLON XP 2500
VIDEO CARD XFX GEFORCE 5200
NVIDIA DRIVER DETONATOR v44.03
MOTHERBOARD ASROCK K7S8X
ASUS A7S333
MEMORY 512MB CRUCIAL PC2700 DDR
OPERATING SYSTEM WINDOWS XP
DIRECTX VERSION v9.0a

3DMARK BENCHMARKS

3DMARK 2001 SE

ASROCK K7S8X7656
ASUS A7S333 (SIS745)6679

3DMARK 2003

ASROCK K7S8X1431
ASUS A7S333 (SIS745)1390

ASROCK K7S8X ASUS A7S333 (SIS745)

COMMENT "The ASROCK K7S8X outpaces Asus A7S333 by a solid 13% with 3dmark 2001 SE and by 3% with the mainly video card benchmark 3dmark 2003."
BENCHMARK SETTINGS
3DMARK 2001 SE
1024x768 Resolution
32Bit color
D3D Hardware T&L
Antialiasing Disabled
Double Frame Buffer
Compressed Texture Format
24Bit Z-Buffer Depth
3DMARK 2003
1024x768 Resolution
No Pixel Processing
Optimal Texture Filtering
4x Max Anisotropy
Optimal Vertex Shaders
No Repeat Tests
No Fixed Framerate

3DMARK 2001 SE

CAR CHASE (HIGH DETAIL)

ASROCK K7S8X48
ASUS A7S333 (SIS745)41

DRAGOTHIC (HIGH DETAIL)

ASROCK K7S8X66
ASUS A7S333 (SIS745)57

LOBBY (HIGH DETAIL)

ASROCK K7S8X59
ASUS A7S333 (SIS745)50

NATURE

ASROCK K7S8X35
ASUS A7S333 (SIS745)33

ASROCK K7S8X ASUS A7S333 (SIS745)

BENCHMARK SETTINGS
1024x768 Resolution
32Bit color
D3D Hardware T&L
Antialiasing Disabled
Double Frame Buffer
Compressed Texture Format
24Bit Z-Buffer Depth

COMMENT "Using 3dmark 2001 SE game benchmarks the ASROCK K7S8X outperform Asus A7S333 by beween 6% to 16%."


3DMARK 2003 GAMES

WINGS OF FURY

ASROCK K7S8X79
ASUS A7S333 (SIS745)73

BATTLE OF PROXYCON

ASROCK K7S8X7
ASUS A7S333 (SIS745)8

TROLL'S LAIR

ASROCK K7S8X6
ASUS A7S333 (SIS745)6

MOTHER NATURE

ASROCK K7S8X6
ASUS A7S333 (SIS745)8

ASROCK K7S8X ASUS A7S333 (SIS745)

BENCHMARK SETTINGS
1024x768 Resolution
No Pixel Processing
Optimal Texture Filtering
4x Max Anisotropy
Optimal Vertex Shaders
No Repeat Tests
No Fixed Framerate

COMMENT "As previously shown the 3dmark 2003 is a video card benchmark and changing the processor or motherboard doesn't increase the final score by very much. The ASROCK K7S8X wins the Wings of Fury test by 8% however loses most of the remaining game benchmarks to Asus A7S333."


QUAKE 3

800x600

ASROCK K7S8X212
ASUS A7S333 (SIS745)184

1024x768

ASROCK K7S8X159
ASUS A7S333 (SIS745)158

1280x1024

ASROCK K7S8X132
ASUS A7S333 (SIS745)137

ASROCK K7S8X ASUS A7S333 (SIS745)

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

COMMENT "Quake 3 delivers some interesting results, the ASROCK K7S8X starts off well beating Asus A7S333 by a very good 14%. The two motherboards then become video card limited and offer similar performance."


SERIOUS SAM SE

800x600

ASROCK K7S8X160
ASUS A7S333 (SIS745)134

1024x768

ASROCK K7S8X120
ASUS A7S333 (SIS745)113

1280x1024

ASROCK K7S8X99
ASUS A7S333 (SIS745)99

ASROCK K7S8X ASUS A7S333 (SIS745)

BENCHMARK SETTINGS
Fullscreen Enabled
Elephant Atrium Demo
Extreme Quality Settings
Large Texture Size
Optimal Texture Quality
Detail Textures Enabled

COMMENT "Serious Sam SE is pretty much the same result as seen with Quake 3, the ASROCK K7S8X starts off strongly beating Asus A7S333 by 17%., it's performance advantage then dropped to 6% using 1024x768 and at 1280x1024 they both become video card limited."


UT 2003

800x600

ASROCK K7S8X96
ASUS A7S333 (SIS745)92

1024x768

ASROCK K7S8X64
ASUS A7S333 (SIS745)63

1280x1024

ASROCK K7S8X43
ASUS A7S333 (SIS745)43

ASROCK K7S8X ASUS A7S333 (SIS745)

BENCHMARK SETTINGS
Antalus Benchmark
Character Shadows Enabled
Decals Enabled
Dynamic Lighting Enabled
Detail Textures Enabled
Projectors Enabled
Foliage Enabled

COMMENT "Using Unreal Tournament 2003 the two motherboards both perform within 5% of each other and quickly become video card limited."


CONCLUSION "The ASROCK K7S8X motherboard puts in a good performance against the older Asus A7S333 motherboard, the low resolution game benchmarks usually showed a large performance difference between the faster ASROCK K7S8X and Asus A7S333. The difference in performance was partly caused by the poor memory controller on Asus A7S333, DDR333 support was added to the SIS745 as an afterthought and was usually slower than using DDR266. The ASROCK K7S8X doesn't suffer from poor DDR333 memory performance like Asus A7S333 motherboard does."

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