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FIC AN11 Stealth Socket A Motherboard Review

FIC AN11 Stealth Socket A Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The AN11 Stealth is powered by VIA's much loved KT266A chipset, which practically guarantees that the board is going to be a great performer.
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External Mfg. Website: FIC Mar 14 2002   Colin Sun  
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VIA KT266A Chipset and BIOS

The KT266A has can support for up to 4 GB of PC1600/2100 DDR RAM, but as the AN11 Stealth only has three DIMM slots, it is limited to just 3 GB of non-ECC PC1600/PC2100 DDR RAM. During testing we installed three 256MB double sided DIMM's and experienced no memory related issues or problems.

First International Computer (aka FIC) have chosen to use the Award BIOS for their AN11 Stealth motherboard. After a quick look around the BIOS I was happy to see that there are quite a few memory tweaks available. Overclocking options were limited however.

With the ability to adjust memory speed from either 100 or 133 MHz, and the ability to change CAS Latency and bank interleaving, the AN11 Stealth should keep any memory tweaker happy.

As we can see, the overclocking options are quite limited. FIC have stated that they're not trying to target the enthusiast market with this board and that's fine - not every motherboard has to be built to satisfy 3% or 5% of consumers. . We did notice something very interesting when looking at the FSB speeds shown above... According to the AN11's BIOS, when the board is running at 166 MHz FSB, the PCI speed is 33 MHz! Does the AN11 have an unofficial 1/5 PCI divider since the KT266A doesn't support this? We're not really sure, and since there aren't any multiplier controls, we couldn't bump up our FSB to 166 MHz even though the DDR RAM we tested with the AN11 could have run at that speed.

As for overclocking the unlocked AthlonXP 1900+ we used for testing was detected as a XP 2000+, and since we are now using a 12.5 multiplier, the highest we could push the AN11 was to 140 MHz FSB. Anything higher and the system would have a hard time POSTing.

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Contents of Article: FIC AN11 Stealth
 Pg 1.  FIC AN11 Stealth Socket A Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Around the Socket: Heatsink Clearances
 Pg 3.  — VIA KT266A Chipset and BIOS
 Pg 4.  Benchmarks, lovely benchmarks!
 Pg 5.  Gaming Benchmarks & Conclusions

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