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ECS KA1-MVP Extreme Xpress 1600 Motherboard Review

ECS KA1-MVP Extreme Xpress 1600 Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Gaming knows no loyalties, and on paper ATI CrossFire looks quite solid. The technology ATi has developed is apparently pretty good if you can actually track down a Crossfire compatible motherboard and the elusive Crossfire master videocard.
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Filed under: Motherboards Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: ECS Apr 27 2006   Colin Sun  
Home > Reviews > Motherboards > ECS KA1-MVP Extreme

It's a question of overclocking

Overclocking Results:
Stock Max. OC
Motherboard Speed: 200 MHz

305 MHz

If you're new to Overclocking and not sure what to do, check out these two excellent Guides for some pointers:
Overclocking the CPU and Memory
Overclocking the Videocard

Before we get to overclocking, the AMD Athlon64's multiplier will first be lowered to 6x and the memory frequency set to run at 133 MHz mode. This way neither the processor or memory will max out before the motherboard does.

I started off slowly and increased the clock speed in 2-3 MHz intervals. As it turns out, that was a mistake.... I could have gone up in leaps and bounds seeing as the ECS KA1-MVP Extreme overclocked pretty well. The motherboard broke the 230, 250 and 270 MHz plateaus without much difficulty.

The ECS KA1-MVP Extreme motherboard then cracked the 300 MHz barrier, which is rather impressive, but ended up with an overclocked speed of 305 MHz. Anything higher and the motherboard would not load WindowsXP.

Next up we dive head first into the benchmarks, but first a quick tour of what the BIOS has to offer.

Options in the BIOS

ECS is focusing a lot of attention on its retail operations and boards like the KA1-MVP Extreme have decent tweaks. Below are screen shots of the BIOS which will be of interest to enthusiasts.

The ECS KA1-MVP Extreme has the usual memory timing adjustments we have come to expect from Athlon64 motherboards.

Users can adjust the processor multiplier in whole values or increase the CPU voltage to a maximum of 1.675V (1.55V Hammer Vid Control and CPU Voltage Adjust +175mV). The motherboard clock speed can be set between 200-500 MHz in 1 MHz increments and the memory voltage goes as high as 3.0V.

Prelude to Benchmarks

The details of how the ECS KA1-MVP Extreme videocard test system was configured for benchmarking, including the specific hardware, software drivers, operating system and benchmark versions are indicated below. In the second column are the general specs for the reference platforms this Radeon CrossFire Xpress 1600 videocard is to be compared against. Please take a moment to look over PCSTATS test system configurations before moving on to the individual benchmark results.

Please note that a PCI Express ATI Radeon Master card could not be sourced at the time of this writing, so we are unable to provide any Crossfire benchmarks in this review. To keep the benchmarks comparable with nForce4 based motherboards, a MSI NX7800GTX PCI Express videocard was utilized.

PCSTATS Test System Configurations
Test System Reference System
Processor:

AMD Athlon64 4000+

Clock Speed:

12 x 200 MHz = 2.4 GHz

Motherboard: ECS KA1-MVP Extreme (RXpress 1600)

Albatron K8X890 Pro II (K8T890)
MSI
RS480M2-IL (RS480)
ASRock
939Dual-SATA2 (ULi M1695)
Chaintech
Zenith VNF4 Ultra (NF4 Ultra)
MSI K8N Diamond Plus (NF4 SLI x16)
ABIT AN8 32X (NF4 SLI x16)
DFI LANPartyUT NF4 SLI-DR Expert (NF4 SLI)
DFI
LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4 SLI)

Videocard: MSI NX7800GTX-VT2D256E
Memory:

2x 512MB OCZ Gold GX PC3500 DDR

Hard Drive: 74GB Western Digital Raptor WD740
CDROM: AOpen Combo 52x
PowerSupply: PC Power & Cooling TurboCool 510 SLI
Heatsink: Athlon64 4000+ Reference Heatsink
Software Setup:

Microsoft WindowsXP SP2
nVIDIA Forceware 6.70
nVIDIA Forceware 84.20

Benchmarks:

SYSMark 2004
Business Winstone 2004
Content Creation 2004
Super Pi
SiSoft Sandra 2005
PCMark05
3DMark05
3DMark06
UT2004
FarCry
Doom 3

Quake 4

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Contents of Article: ECS KA1-MVP Extreme
 Pg 1.  ECS KA1-MVP Extreme Xpress 1600 Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Rear I/O Exhaust Fan / BIOS Backups
 Pg 3.  ATi CrossFire Xpress 1600 Chipset
 Pg 4.  — It's a question of overclocking
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: SYSMark2004
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: Office Productivity, SiSoft Sandra, Super Pi
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: PCMark05, 3DMark05
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: 3DMark06, FarCry, X3 Reunion, UT2004
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: Doom 3, Quake 4, Conclusions

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