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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.
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External Mfg. Website: ABIT Mar 28 2002   Colin Sun  
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Bechmarks: Winbench, Sandra, PCmark

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
Abit KR7A-133RAID Score Ranking
1. Business Disk - 133/266 MHz 10300
1a. Business Disk - 174/348 MHz 10200
2. High-End Disk - 133/266 MHz 30700
2a. High-End Disk - 174/348 MHz 29500
3. Business Graphics - 133/266 MHz 850
3a. Business Graphics - 174/348 MHz 875
4. High-End Graphics - 133/266 MHz 1570
4a. High-End Graphics - 174/348 MHz 1610

Those disk benchmarks that were all out of wack are now gone. Still, I'm not sure what I did wrong during the benchmarking process to get these more normal numbers. As usual, when overclocked disk performance drops off a little while the graphics improves quite a bit due to the faster AGP transfer rate.

Sisoft Sandra 2002 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
Abit KR7A-133RAID Score

Multimedia Benchmark (FSB/Memory)

1. Integer SSE - 133/266 MHz 9050 it/s
1a. Integer SSE - 174/348 MHz 8995 it/s
2. Floating-Point SSE - 133/266 MHz 10652 it/s
2a. Floating-Point SSE - 174/348 MHz 10587 it/s

CPU Benchmark (FSB/Memory)

3. Dhrystone ALU - 133/266 MHz 4610 MIPS
3a. Dhrystone ALU - 174/348 MHz 4581 MIPS
4. Whetstone FPU - 133/266 MHz 2308 MFLOPS
4a. Whetstone FPU - 174/348 MHz 2294 MFLOPS

Memory Benchmark (FSB/Memory)

5. Integer ALU - 133/266 MHz 2070 MB/s
5a. Integer ALU - 174/348 MHz 2565 MB/s
6. Float FPU - 133/266 MHz 1983 MB/s
6a. Float FPU - 174/348 MHz 2350 MB/s

When viewing Sandra benchmarks, we always look at it with a grain of salt since it's purely theoretical. However, the KR7A teamed up with an AthlonXP 2000+ gets some very nice numbers!

PCMark 2002 Source: MadOnion

PCMark is a new benchmark from our pals at MadOnion which a whole system benchmark. It can be used on desktop PC's, Laptops and even Workstations and tests everyday computing from home to office usage. PCMark specifically stresses the CPU, memory subsystem, graphics subsystem, hard drives, WindowsXP GUI (if WinXP is used), video performance and even laptop batteries. This benchmark was released March 12, 2002 and can be downloaded from Madonion if you would like to give it a test run on your computer for comparisons sake... don't cry to hard when you compare your numbers to the ones listed below!

PCMark2002 Benchmark Results
Processor PCMarks Ranking
KR7A-133RAID 133/266 MHz 5021
KR7A-133RAID 174/348 MHz 5032

Memory

KR7A-133RAID 133/266 MHz 3233
KR7A-133RAID 174/348 MHz 3661

HDD

KR7A-133RAID 133/266 MHz 739
KR7A-133RAID 174/348 MHz 753

Unfortunately because of rest restraints we weren't able to benchmark the Epox 8KHA+ or the MSI KT3 Ultra-ARU MadOnion's latest benchmark PCMark2002. Comparing the results we got to MadOnion's database, the board scores very well.

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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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