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ABIT NF7-M nForce2 IGP Motherboard Review

ABIT NF7-M nForce2 IGP Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Other then the on board GeForce4 MX videocard care of the nForce IGP northbridge this board is virtually identical to Abit's extremely successful NF7/NF7-S motherboards.
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External Mfg. Website: Abit Apr 03 2003   Colin Sun  
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Benchmarks: SysMark2002, Winstone 2002

PCStats Test System Specs:

Computer Hardware:

Processor: AthlonXP 3000+
Clock Speed:

13 x 166 MHz = 2.17 GHz

Motherboards:

Epox 8RDA+
Epox 8RGA+
Abit NF7-M

Chipsets: nVIDIA nForce2 SPP
nVIDIA nForce2 IGP
Videocard:

ATi Radeon 9700 Pro (not used with the 8RGA+, NF7-M)
Integrated GeForce4 MX

Memory:

2x 256MB Corsair XMS3500 CAS2 (in DC mode)

Hard Drive: 20GB Maxtor DiamondMAX+
CDROM: NEC 52x CD-ROM
Floppy:

Panasonic 1.44MB Floppy Drive

Heatsink: Thermalright SK6 w/37 CFM YS Tech
PowerSupply: Vantec 470W Stealth PSU
Software Setup WindowsXP Build 2600
VIA Hyperion 4.45
nVIDIA nForce 2.03
Catalyst 3.1
Benchmarks

SysMark 2002
Business Winstone 2002
Content Creation 2002
Winbench 99
SiSoft Sandra 2002
PCMark2002
3DMark2001SE
Quake III Arena
UT2003

We all know how fast the nForce2/Radeon 9700 Pro is, and for this review it was not used. Our tests with the Abit NF7-M are based entirely on the use of the integrated GeForce4 MX GPU.

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. 8RDA+ - 166/333 325
2. 8RGA+ - 166/333 317
3. NF7-M - 166/333 324
4. NF7-M - 200/400 336

Office Productivity (FSB/Memory)

1. 8RDA+ - 166/333 198
2. 8RGA+ - 166/333 189
3. NF7-M - 166/333 189
4. NF7-M - 200/400 199

In SysMark 2002 the NF7-M is just slightly faster then the 8RGA+ at stock speeds.

Winstone 2002 Source: Zdnet

Content Creation Winstone 2002 is a system-level, application-based benchmark that measures a PC's overall performance when running top, Windows-based, 32-bit, content creation applications on Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows Me, or Windows XP.

Business Winstone 2002 is a system-level, application-based benchmark that measures a PC's overall performance when running today's top-selling Windows-based 32-bit applications on Windows 98, Windows 2000 (SP6 or later), Windows Me, or Windows XP. Business Winstone doesn't mimic what these packages do; it 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 2002 Benchmark Results
Content Content (FSB/Memory) Score Ranking
1. 8RDA+ - 166/333 33.2
2. 8RGA+ - 166/333 32.6
3. NF7-M - 166/333

32.6

4. NF7-M - 200/400 33.1

Business Winstone (FSB/Memory)

1. 8RDA+ - 166/333 47.1
2. 8RGA+ - 166/333 45.5
3. NF7-M - 166/333 45.4
4. NF7-M - 200/400 47.3

Here we see that the NF7-M performs on par with the 8RGA+ at stock speeds and is just slightly slower then the 8RDA+ with the Radeon 9700 Pro. Overclocking doesn't seem to do much in terms of office performance.

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Contents of Article: Abit NF7-M
 Pg 1.  ABIT NF7-M nForce2 IGP Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Heatsink Clearances and Overclocking
 Pg 3.  Soft Menu III, don't ya love it?
 Pg 4.  — Benchmarks: SysMark2002, Winstone 2002
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: Winbench 99, SiSoft Sandra 2003
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: PCMark2002, 3DMark2001SE
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: QIII Arena, UT2003
 Pg 8.  Conclusions on Abit's NF7-M Mainboard

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