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ASROCK K7S8XE+

"The Asrock K7S8XE+ motherboard is the latest Socket A motherboard from Asrock using the SIS748 chipset. The Asrock K7S8XE+ will be compared to the earlier SIS746 FX equipped Asrock K7S8X using the Athlon XP 3000, Athlon XP 2500 and Athlon XP 1700. To benchmark the Asrock K7S8XE+ we used 3dmark 2001 SE, 3dmark 2003 and Sandra 2004."

ASROCK K7S8XE+ MOTHERBOARD

CHIPSET SIS748 + 964

Hybrid Booster CPU Multiplier
CPU Vcore adjustment
CPU Frequency Stepless Control
ASRock U-COP
Boot Failure Guard (B.F.G)
Memory 3 x DDR DIMMs, DDR400/333/266
DDR 266 Max. 3GB
DDR 333 Max. 2GB
DDR 400 Max. 1GB
Slots 1 x AGP 8X/4X 1.5Volt
PCI 5 slots, PCI 2.2
Audio AC97 CODEC
5.1 Channel 3D
10/100 Ethernet LAN
SATA HDD HotPlug
IDE 2 x ATA 133/100/66/33
Floppy 1 connector
1 x SIR
Keyboard PS2 x1
Mouse PS2 x1
USB 2.0
Serial 1
Parallel 1
Audio I/O Line In/Line Out/Mic
Game header

CHIPSET SIS746FX

Memory DDR 266 Max. 3GB
DDR 266 Max. 3GB
DDR 333 Max. 2GB
DDR 400 Max. 1GB
DDR 3 x DDR, DDR400/333/266
Slots AGP 1, AGP 8X/4X 1.5Volt
PCI 6 slots, PCI 2.2
Audio AC97 CODEC
Channel 5.1 CH
10/100 Ethernet LAN
Connector IDE 2 x ATA 133/100/66/33
Floppy 1 connector
1 x SIR
ASROCK I/O Keyboard PS2 x1
Mouse PS2 x1
USB2.0
Serial 1
Parallel 1
Game/MIDI 1
LAN 1 x RJ45
Audio I/O Line In/Line Out/Mic.

FEATURED MOTHERBOARD INFORMATION

NAME CHIPSET REVISION MEMORY FSB AGP BIOS SPECIAL FEATURE PRICE
K7S8XE+ SIS748 v1.03 400DDR 400FSB 8X v1.44a HYBRID BOOSTER $50/39
K7S8X SIS746FX v1.0 400DDR 333FSB 8X v2.25a 6 PCI SLOTS $48/24
NAME CHIPSET REVISION MEMORY FSB AGP BIOS SPECIAL FEATURE PRICE
NOTE : "WE HAVE USED A UNOFFICIAL PERFORMANCE BIOS FOR BOTH OF THE MOTHERBOARDS AND TWEAKED THE MEMORY SETTINGS TO GET THE MAXIMUM PERFORMANCE. THE SIS748 WAS ABLE TO BE TWEAKED MORE AGGRESSIVELY THAN THE SIS746FX. THE BIOS USED FOR BOTH MOTHERBOARDS WAS DOWNLOADED FROM OCWORKBENCH WHICH HAS A DEDICATED FORUM FOR ASROCK AND ASUS OWNERS."
FEATURED PROCESSOR INFORMATION

NAME TYPE RATING MHZ SPEED MULTIPLIER FSB PRICE
AMD ATHLON XP BARTON 3000 2100 10.5 400 $155/117
AMD ATHLON XP BARTON 2500 1833 11 333 $71/54
AMD ATHLON XP THOROUGHBRED B 1700 1466 11 266 $47/34
NAME TYPE RATING MHZ SPEED MULTIPLIER FSB PRICE

GENERAL SYSTEM INFORMATION

PROCESSOR AMD ATHLON XP 3000
AMD ATHLON XP 2500
AMD ATHLON XP 1700
VIDEO CARD SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600
ATI DRIVER CATALYST v4.2
MOTHERBOARD ASROCK K7S8XE+
ASROCK K7S8X
MEMORY 512MB CRUCIAL PC3200 DDR
OPERATING SYSTEM WINDOWS XP
DIRECTX VERSION v9.0b
"WE HAVE USED A RESOLUTION OF 640x480 TO PREVENT THE RESULTS BEING VIDEO CARD LIMITED. THE PERFORMANCE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE ASROCK K7S8XE+ AND ASROCK K7S8X WAS SMALL WHEN USING THE SAME CPU. THE MAIN BENEFIT OF THE NEW ASROCK K7S8XE+ IS THAT IT CAN USE THE MORE POWERFUL PROCESSORS LIKE THE AMD ATHLON XP 3000 BECAUSE THE ASROCK K7S8XE+ CAN USE A 200MHZ FSB."

SISOFTWARE SANDRA 2004

PROCESSOR ALU DHRYSTONE

ASROCK K7S8XE+

ATHLON XP 30008008
ATHLON XP 25007006
ATHLON XP 17005589

ASROCK K7S8X

ATHLON XP 25006901
ATHLON XP 17005566

PROCESSOR FPU WHETSTONE

ASROCK K7S8XE+

ATHLON XP 30003312
ATHLON XP 25002890
ATHLON XP 17002306

ASROCK K7S8X

ATHLON XP 25002888
ATHLON XP 17002309

ATHLON XP 3000 ATHLON XP 2500 ATHLON XP 1700

COMMENT "Using the Athlon XP 2500 the ASROCK K7S8XE+ beats the ASROCK K7S8X by 2%, however when using the Athlon XP 3000 the ASROCK K7S8XE+ outperforms the ASROCK K7S8X by 14%."

SISOFTWARE SANDRA 2004

MEMORY INTEGER

ASROCK K7S8XE+

ATHLON XP 30002860
ATHLON XP 25002412
ATHLON XP 17001921

ASROCK K7S8X

ATHLON XP 25002214
ATHLON XP 17001809

MEMORY FLOATING POINT

ASROCK K7S8XE+

ATHLON XP 30002630
ATHLON XP 25002263
ATHLON XP 17001801

ASROCK K7S8X

ATHLON XP 25002077
ATHLON XP 17001692

ATHLON XP 3000 ATHLON XP 2500 ATHLON XP 1700

COMMENT "Using the Athlon XP 2500 the ASROCK K7S8XE+ outperforms the ASROCK K7S8X by 9%, however when using the Athlon XP 3000 the ASROCK K7S8XE+ outperforms the ASROCK K7S8X by an impressive 23%."

3DMARK 2001 SE

ASROCK K7S8XE+

ATHLON XP 300011940
ATHLON XP 250011615
ATHLON XP 170010470

ASROCK K7S8X

ATHLON XP 250011213
ATHLON XP 17009993

ATHLON XP 3000 ATHLON XP 2500 ATHLON XP 1700

COMMENT "Using the Athlon XP 2500 the ASROCK K7S8XE+ beats the ASROCK K7S8X by 4%, however when using the Athlon XP 3000 the ASROCK K7S8XE+ outperforms the ASROCK K7S8X by 7%."

BENCHMARK SETTINGS

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

3DMARK 2003

ASROCK K7S8XE+

ATHLON XP 30004111
ATHLON XP 25004052
ATHLON XP 17003882

ASROCK K7S8X

ATHLON XP 25003990
ATHLON XP 17003831

ATHLON XP 3000 ATHLON XP 2500 ATHLON XP 1700

COMMENT "Using the Athlon XP 2500 the ASROCK K7S8XE+ beats the ASROCK K7S8X by 2%, however when using the Athlon XP 3000 the ASROCK K7S8XE+ outperforms the ASROCK K7S8X by 3%."

BENCHMARK SETTINGS

3DMARK 2003

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

ASROCK K7S8XE+

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