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ASROCK K7S8XE+

"We are testing the Asrock K7S8XE+ motherboard which is the latest Socket A motherboard from Asrock using the SIS748 chipset. The Asrock K7S8XE+ will be compared to the earlier Asrock K7S8X and motherboards using the VIA KT600 and Nforce2 Ultra chipsets. We also test the onboard sound on the Asrock K7S8XE+ to see what the performance hit of using onboard 6 channel Xear3D sound has on performance. The games we will be using are:- Comanche4, Quake 3, Unreal Tournament 2003 and X2 the Threat."

ASROCK K7S8XE+ MOTHERBOARD

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 LIMITED. THE PERFORMANCE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE ASROCK K7S8XE+ AND THE OLDER ASROCK K7S8X WAS QUITE 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."

COMANCHE4

ASROCK K7S8XE+

ATHLON XP 300048
ATHLON XP 250045
ATHLON XP 170035

ASROCK K7S8X

ATHLON XP 250043
ATHLON XP 170034

ATHLON XP 3000 ATHLON XP 2500 ATHLON XP 1700

COMMENT "Using the Athlon XP 2500 the ASROCK K7S8XE+ beats the ASROCK K7S8X by 5%, however when using the Athlon XP 3000 the ASROCK K7S8XE+ outperforms the ASROCK K7S8X by 11%."

BENCHMARK SETTINGS

Fullscreen Enabled
32Bit Colour Depth
Anti-Aliasing Disabled
Terrain Detail High
Object Detail High
Texture Quality High
Water Quality High
Shadows High
Particle Density High

QUAKE 3

ASROCK K7S8XE+

ATHLON XP 3000260
ATHLON XP 2500240
ATHLON XP 1700191

ASROCK K7S8X

ATHLON XP 2500219
ATHLON XP 1700177

ATHLON XP 3000 ATHLON XP 2500 ATHLON XP 1700

COMMENT "Using the Athlon XP 2500 the ASROCK K7S8XE+ beats the ASROCK K7S8X by 9%, however when using the Athlon XP 3000 the ASROCK K7S8XE+ outperforms the ASROCK K7S8X by 16%."

BENCHMARK SETTINGS

Default GLdriver
GL Extensions on
1024x768 Video Mode
32Bit Colour Depth
Fullscreen on
Lightmap Lighting
32Bit Texture Quality
Demo four.dm_66

HIGH QUALITY

Geometic Detail Medium
75% Texture Detail
Trilinear Texture Filtering


UT 2003

ASROCK K7S8XE+

ATHLON XP 300068
ATHLON XP 250063
ATHLON XP 170050

ASROCK K7S8X

ATHLON XP 250059
ATHLON XP 170048

ATHLON XP 3000 ATHLON XP 2500 ATHLON XP 1700

COMMENT "Using the Athlon XP 2500 the ASROCK K7S8XE+ beats the ASROCK K7S8X by 7%, however when using the Athlon XP 3000 the ASROCK K7S8XE+ outperforms the ASROCK K7S8X by 14%."

BENCHMARK SETTINGS

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

X2 THE THREAT

ASROCK K7S8XE+

ATHLON XP 300047
ATHLON XP 250044
ATHLON XP 170034

ASROCK K7S8X

ATHLON XP 250039
ATHLON XP 170031

ATHLON XP 3000 ATHLON XP 2500 ATHLON XP 1700

COMMENT "Using the Athlon XP 2500 the ASROCK K7S8XE+ beats the ASROCK K7S8X by 12%, however when using the Athlon XP 3000 the ASROCK K7S8XE+ outperforms the ASROCK K7S8X by 18%."

BENCHMARK SETTINGS

Fullscreen Enabled
Auto Quality Enabled
Anti-aliasing Disabled
Bumpmaps Enabled
Shadows Disabled

ONBOARD SOUND PERFORMANCE

6CHANNEL SOUND WITH XEAR3D DISABLED

QUAKE 3-26%
SERIOUS SAM SE-10%
UT2003-8%

6CHANNEL SOUND WITH XEAR3D ENABLED

QUAKE 3-29%
SERIOUS SAM SE-13%
UT2003-15%

QUAKE 3 SERIOUS SAM SE UT2003

LOWER IS BETTER!

OTHER MOTHERBOARDS

SISOFTWARE SANDRA (INTEGER MEMORY)

SIS7482860
VIA KT6002913
NFORCE2 ULTRA2851

SISOFTWARE SANDRA (FLOATING MEMORY)

SIS7482630
VIA KT6002677
NFORCE2 ULTRA2665

3DMARK 2001 SE

SIS74813790
VIA KT60013528
NFORCE2 ULTRA14476

QUAKE 3

SIS748278
VIA KT600250
NFORCE2 ULTRA284

SIS748 VIA KT600 NFORCE2 ULTRA

COMMENT "This section of the ASROCK K7S8XE+ review was completed after this review was originally completed. The results shouldn't be compared to the results obtained in the other sections of the review. The system used to benchmark all three of the motherboards was a xp3000 cpu, pc3200 memory and a geforce fx5900 xt video card. As you can see in the new section the ASROCK K7S8XE+ compares well against the KT600 and Nforce2, however this was due to the use of a performance bios which offers greater performance than the "official" bios available from the Asrock website. Although the K7S8XE+ loses to the Nforce2 it does beat the KT600 when using game benchmarks, when you consider the low cost of the K7SXE+ it has to be the winner out of the three motherboards!"

CONCLUSION "The XP2500 shows a very impressive increase over the XP1700 which ofcourse is to be expected. The use of efficent memory settings has allowed the SIS748 to dominate the SIS746FX in all of the benchmarks. The difference between the XP2500 and XP3000 was much smaller than I had expected and I believe that the cause is the Radeon 9600 video card used for this review. Both of the motherboards tested in this review worked without any problems at all, the SIS746FX became unstable but only with extreme memory settings. The only major difference between the two motherboards is the SIS748's ability for safe overclocking and it's offical support for the 400mhz front side bus. This allows the SIS748 to use the full Athlon XP range unlike the SIS746FX. The ASROCK K7S8XE+ motherboard has met all of my expectations and is a great feature packed motherboard, when you consider it's low price it's performance and stability are even more impressive."

ULTIMATEHARDWARE.NET AWARD THE ASROCK K7S8XE+
90%

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