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AOpen AX45-V SiS 645 Socket 478 Motherboard Review

AOpen AX45-V SiS 645 Socket 478 Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: It seems that AOpen has adopted a black PCB for all their new motherboards and I must say it looks quite nice.
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Filed under: Motherboards Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Aopen Mar 19 2002   Colin Sun  
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Benchmarks and Test System Setup

Test System Specs:

Computer Hardware:

Processor: Intel 2.0GHz Pentium 4
Clock Speed: 2.00GHz
2.16 GHz (Overclocked)
Motherboards: AOpen AX45-V
VIA P4PA
ACorp 4D845A
Chipsets: SiS 645 (AX45-V)
VIA P4X266A (P4PA)
i845-D (4D845A)
Videocard:

MSI GeForce 3 Ti500 (MS-8850)

Sound Card: VIA AC'97 codec (onboard)
Network Card:

Realtek RT8100 (onboard)

Memory:

256MB Corsair PC2400 CAS2 DDR

Hard Drive: Samsung SV6004H 5400RPM UDMA100 60GB
CDROM: Panasonic 48x CD-ROM CR-594-B
Floppy:

Panasonic 1.44MB Floppy Drive

Heatsink: AVC Sunflower
PowerSupply: Enermax 431Watt
Software Setup Windows 2000 Pro + SP2
SiS AGP 1.09
DetonatorXP 22.80
DirectX 8.1
Benchmarks SysMark 2001
Business Winstone 2001
Content Creation 2001
Winbench 99
SiSoft Sandra 2002 Pro
3DMark2001 SE
Quake III Arena

BAPCO Sysmark 2001 Source:MadOnion / BAPco

SYSmark2001 uses real world applications concurrently as an accurate way to test the system by following patterns that reflect the way real users work. SYSmark2001's workloads accurately represent today's updated business usage model. The benchmark runs at a realistic execution speed, with think times between application interactions, in order to emulate a desktop user's interaction with the operating system and applications.

Higher numbers denote better performance.

BapCo SysMark 2001 Benchmark Results
Motherboards Sysmarks Ranking
1. Internet Content Creation - AX45-V 100 MHz 202
2 Internet Content Creation - AX45-V 108 MHz 217
3. Internet Content Creation - P4PA 100 MHz 213
4. Internet Content Creation - 4D845A 100 MHz 208
1 Office Productivity - AX45-V 100 MHz 145
2. Office Productivity - AX45-V 115 MHz 153
3. Office Productivity - P4PA 100 MHz 152
4. Office Productivity - 4D845A 100 MHz 131

The AX45-V holds its own very well here, and this just goes to show you that SiS are making some really good chipsets these days. There is a very slight overclock here and it does help things out a little.

Winstone 2001 Source: Zdnet

Content Creation Winstone 2001 keeps multiple applications open at once and switches among those applications. Content Creation Winstone 2001's activities focus on what we call "hot spots," periods of activity that make your PC really work--the times where you're likely to see an hourglass or a progress bar.

Business Winstone is a system-level, application-based benchmark that measures a PC's overall performance when running today's Windows-based 32-bit applications on Windows 98 ME, Windows NT 4.0 (SP6 or later), Windows 2000, Windows Me, or Windows XP which runs real applications through a series of scripted activities and uses the time a PC takes to complete those activities to produce its performance scores.

Winstone 2001
Motherboards WinStones Ranking
1. Content Creation - AX45-V 100 MHz 63.1
2 Content Creation - AX45-V 108 MHz 66
3. Content Creation - P4PA 100 MHz 62.9
4. Content Creation - 4D845A 100 MHz 62.3
1 Business Winstone - AX45-V 100 MHz 42.1
2. Business Winstone - AX45-V 108 MHz 45.1
3. Business Winstone - P4PA 100 MHz 45.3
4. Business Winstone - 4D845A 100 MHz 42.9

Again the AX45-V does well in these office benchmarks. The SiS 645 is competing evenly with far more expensive chipsets such as the i845-D.

Winbench 99 V1.2 Source: e-Testinglabs.com

WinBench 99 is a subsystem-level benchmark that measures the performance of a PC's graphics, disk, and video subsystems in a Windows environment. WinBench 99's tests can run on Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT, Windows 2000, and Windows Me systems.

WinBench 99 v1.2 Benchmark Results
AOpen AX45-V Score Ranking
1. Business Disk - 100 MHz 4030
1a. Business Disk - 108 MHz 3990
2. High-End Disk - 100 MHz 10200
2a. High-End Disk - 108 MHz 10100
3. Business Graphics - 100 MHz 574
3a. Business Graphics - 108 MHz 616
4. High-End Graphics - 100 MHz 976
4a. High-End Graphics - 108 MHz 1050

I'm not really sure what to make of these benchmarks. The disk benchmarks are just terrible and the worst thing is I don't know what's wrong. If anyone has an idea what I'm doing wrong, please e-mail me.

The AGP benchmarks though are on par with other boards Pentium 4 boards we've tested.

Sisoft Sandra 2001 Source: Sandra

Sandra is designed to test the theoretical power of a complete system and individual components. The numbers taken though are again, purely theoretical and may not represent real world performance.

SiSoft Sandra 2001 Benchmark Results
AOpen AX45-V Score

Multimedia Benchmark

1. Integer SSE2 - 100 MHz 7922 it/s
1a. Integer SSE2 - 108 MHz 8735 it/s
2. Floating-Point SSE2- 100 MHz 9656 it/s
2a. Floating-Point SSE2 - 108 MHz 10279 it/s

CPU Benchmark

3. Dhrystone ALU - 100 MHz 3851MIPS
3a. Dhrystone ALU - 108 MHz 4184 MIPs
4. Whetstone FPU - 100 MHz 1041 FPU/2434 SSE2 MFLOPS
4a. Whetstone FPU - 108 MHz 1097 FPU/2623 SSE2 MFLOPS

Memory Benchmark

5. Integer ALU - 100 MHz 2039 MB/s
5a. Integer ALU - 108 MHz 2167 MB/s
6. Float FPU - 100 MHz 2039 MB/s
6a. Float FPU - 108 MHz 2201 MB/s

Sandra seems to think the board performs on par with the reference Pentium 4 2 GHz setup. The memory benchmark seems a little low, but then again the memory is only running at 266 MHz instead of 333MHz.

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Contents of Article: Aopen AX45-V
 Pg 1.  AOpen AX45-V SiS 645 Socket 478 Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  BIOS Features on the AX45-V Motherboard
 Pg 3.  — Benchmarks and Test System Setup
 Pg 4.  Gaming benchmarks and conclusions

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