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ABIT SR7-8X SiS648 Motherboard Review

ABIT SR7-8X SiS648 Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: It's nice to see that manufacturers are quickly adopting the SiS 648 chipset as an alternative to Intel's i845D/E/G DDR chipsets.
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External Mfg. Website: ABIT Sep 10 2002   Colin Sun  
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The Abit SR7-8X BIOS

Wow, I guess my theory about MSI getting an exclusive Award BIOS was wrong. The SR7-8X uses the same Award BIOS that MSI has been using since their KT266Pro2-Ru. We still have all the usual tweaks we've become accustomed to it's just laid out a little differently.

Here in the DRAM control, we have all the memory tweaks we would expect out of an Abit motherboard. CAS Latency, RAS Precharge and RAS to CAS Delay.

There aren't that many AGP tweaks available.

As you can see, Soft Menu III is still here albeit modified from what we're use to. FSB can be tweaked from 100-200 MHz in 1 MHz increments, there are a whole load FSB/Memory/AGP/PCI Ratio's to play with. If you don't want your peripherals to run out of spec you can always specify the speed they will run at. You can adjust the Vcore to +15% and the DDR voltage up to 2.8V.

One thing we were surprised about is about was the conservative voltage adjustments. After all, many other motherboard manufacturers (Shuttle, Soltek, Epox, Asus) usually give users higher options when it comes to voltage adjustments. Why hasn't Abit? It makes things much simpler having not to voltage mod the motherboard.

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Contents of Article: ABIT SR7-8X
 Pg 1.  ABIT SR7-8X SiS648 Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  SiS 648 Northbridge and Overclocking
 Pg 3.  — The Abit SR7-8X BIOS
 Pg 4.  Benchmarks: Sysmark 2002, Winstone
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: Winbench, Sandra 2002
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: PCmark 2002, 3DMark
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: QIII Arena and Conclusions

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