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Asus A8V Deluxe Athlon64 Motherboard Review

Asus A8V Deluxe Athlon64 Motherboard Review  - PCSTATS
Abstract: Standard onboard goodies consist of 7.1 channel audio, IEEE 1394, Gigabit LAN, Serial ATA RAID, not to mention a PCI/AGP lock and HyperTransport links at 1000MHz.
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External Mfg. Website: ASUS Jul 26 2004   Colin Sun  
Home > Reviews > Motherboards > ASUS A8V

BIOS and System Spec's

For BIOS tweakers, Asus gives you a ton of memory tweaks to fiddle around with. First there are a whole host of memory dividers; from 1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 5:3 and 2:1. On VIA based systems there's typically a bank interleaving setting, and this time there's also Node interleaving.

There are a ton of memory tweaks, more than I've ever seen on any other motherboard. For our tests, I only set the usual ones like CAS Latency, RAS to CAS, RAS Precharge, etc.

Here you can set HyperTransport Frequency from 1000 MHz all the way down to 200 MHz. You can change the data width from 16 bits to 8 bits if necessary too.

Finally in the System Frequency/Voltage options you can let the Asus A8V overclock itself, or you can set it manually. The motherboard clock speed is adjustable from 200 MHz to 300 MHz, in 1 MHz increments.

cause the Athlon64 3800+ processor is multiplier limited, the BIOS only allows you to select lower multipliers from 4-12x range. The maximum DDR voltage is 2.8V, AGP voltage 1.6V and V-Link 2.6V.

PCStats Test System Specs:
Processor:

AMD Athlon64 3800+

Clock Speed:

12 x 200 MHz = 2.4 GHz
11 x 220 MHz = 2.42 GHz

Motherboards:

Gigabyte K8NSNXP-939 (NF3-250Gb)
Asus A8V (K8T800 Pro)

Videocard:

ATi Radeon 9800XT

Memory:

2x 512MB Corsair TwinX 3200 XL

Hard Drive : 40GB Western Digital Special Ed
CDROM: NEC 52x CD-ROM
PowerSupply: Vantec 400B iON
Software Setup

WindowsXP Build 2600
VIA 4in1 4.51
Forceware 4.34
Catalyst 4.6

Workstation Benchmarks

SYSMark 2004
Business Winstone 2002
Content Creation 2002
Super Pi
SiSoft Sandra 2004
PCMark2002
PCMark04
3DMark2001SE
AquaMark3
Comanche 4
X2: The Threat
UT2003

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Contents of Article: ASUS A8V
 Pg 1.  Asus A8V Deluxe Athlon64 Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  The VIA K8T800 Pro
 Pg 3.  — BIOS and System Spec's
 Pg 4.  Benchmarks: SYSmark2004
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: Winstone 2002, Winbench 99
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra 2004, Super Pi
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: PCMark2002, PCMark04
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, AquaMark3
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: Comanche 4, X2: The Threat
 Pg 10.  Benchmarks: UT2003, Conclusions

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