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ABIT KR7A-133RAID Socket A Motherboard Review

ABIT KR7A-133RAID Socket A  Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Abit has always had a warm spot in the hearts of overclockers because they openly embrace the enthusiast market.
 80% Rating:   
Filed under: Motherboards Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: ABIT Mar 28 2002   Colin Sun  
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Overclocking and Benchmarks

The performance of VIA's KT266A chipset is already top notch, however as usual I didn't leave well enough alone. Using the Mushkin Enhanced High Performance DDR, we were able to push the board up to 174 MHz FSB. This about 4 MHz shy of what the memory could do on the Epox 8KHA+, but it's still very good.

PCstats Test System Specs:

Computer Hardware:

Processor: AthlonXP 2000+
Clock Speed:

12.5x133MHz = 1.66 GHz
9.5x174 MHz = 1.65 GHz

Motherboards: Abit KR7A-133RAID
Epox 8KHA+
MSI KT3 Ultra
Chipset: VIA KT266A (Abit, Epox)

MSI GeForce 3 Ti500 (MS-8850)

Sound Card: N/A
Network Card:



Mushkin Enhanced High Performance PC2100 DDR

Hard Drive: 40GB IBM DeskStar 60 GXP
CDROM: Panasonic 48x CD-ROM CR-594-B

Panasonic 1.44MB Floppy Drive

Heatsink: ThermalTake Dragon Orb 3
PowerSupply: Antec 400W PSU
Software Setup Windows 2000 Pro + SP2
VIA 4in1 4.38V
DetonatorXP 22.80
DirectX 8.1

SysMark 2001
SysMark 2002
Business Winstone 2001
Content Creation 2001
Winbench 99
SiSoft Sandra 2002 Pro

Serious Sam 2
Return to Castle Wolfenstein

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
Internet Content (FSB/Memory) Sysmarks Ranking
1. 8KHA+ 133/266 MHz 201
2 KT3 Ultra 133/333 MHz 205
3. KR7A-133RAID 133/266 MHz 202
4. KR7A-133RAID 174/348 MHz 207

Office Productivity (FSB/Memory)

1 8KHA+ 133/266 MHz 163
2. KT3 Ultra 133/333 MHz 169
3. KR7A-133RAID 133/266 MHz 165
5. KR7A-133RAID 174/348 MHz 181

In SysMark2001 the KR7A-133 performs on par with both the 8KHA+ (KT266A) and the KT3 Ultra (KT333) which is very good. The office productivity benchmarks seem to get a huge boost when the system is overclocked.

BAPCO Sysmark 2002 Source:MadOnion / BAPco

SysMark2002 is more of an extension of SysMark2001 rather then a whole new benchmark. The applications used during testing have been updated and most importantly for AMD users, the new SysMark2002 uses the Windows Media Encoder 7.1 which supports the AthlonXP's SSE instructions.

BapCo SysMark 2002 Benchmark Results
Internet Content (FSB/Memory) Sysmarks Ranking
1. 8KHA+ 133/266 MHz N/A
2 KT3 Ultra 133/333 MHz N/A
3. KR7A-133RAID 133/266 MHz 227
4. KR7A-133RAID 174/348 MHz 234

Office Productivity (FSB/Memory)

1 8KHA+ 133/266 MHz N/A
2. KT3 Ultra 133/333 MHz N/A
3. KR7A-133RAID 133/266 MHz 171
5. KR7A-133RAID 174/348 MHz 178

As we mentioned earlier, SysMark2002 is more of an extension of SysMark2001 rather then a whole new benchmark. We're not really sure how the KR7A-133RAID does since we don't have any comparisons just yet but we're pretty sure the numbers are in line with the other boards.

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 Benchmark Results
Content Creation (FSB/Memory) Scores Ranking
1. 8KHA+ 133/266 MHz 74.5
2 KT3 Ultra 133/333 MHz 76.0
3. KR7A-133RAID 133/266 MHz 75
4. KR7A-133RAID 174/348 MHz 76.1

Business Winstone (FSB/Memory)

1 8KHA+ 133/266 MHz 46.2
2. KT3 Ultra 133/333 MHz 47.1
3. KR7A-133RAID 133/266 MHz 65.6
4. KR7A-133RAID 174/348 MHz 66.5

I'm not really sure what to make of the Business Winstone benchmarks here. The performance difference is almost 50% which would lead me to believe that something is wrong. Please disregard that particular benchmark at the moment. With Content Creation, the KR7A keeps up with both the 8KHA+ and the KT3 Ultra which means it is in some very nice company.

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Contents of Article: ABIT KR7A-133RAID
 Pg 1.  ABIT KR7A-133RAID Socket A Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  RAID and Socket Heatsink Clearance Measurements
 Pg 3.  The KR7A BIOS
 Pg 4.  — Overclocking and Benchmarks
 Pg 5.  Bechmarks: Winbench, Sandra, PCmark
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: 3DMark, Serious Sam, RTCW, Conclusions

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