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ECS RS480-M Crossfire Xpress 200 K8 Motherboard Review

ECS RS480-M Crossfire Xpress 200 K8 Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The ECS RS480-M is based on the ATi CrossFire Xpress 200 chipset, so you know that the onboard video will be a class above the alternatives.
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Filed under: Motherboards Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: ECS Jun 28 2006   Colin Sun  
Home > Reviews > Motherboards > ECS RS480-M

Radeon Xpress 200 Overclocking

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

223 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

ATi chipsets tend to be decent at overclocking, so we're heading into the overclocking tests with some pretty high expectations of the ECS RS480-M motherboard.

Before the overclocking process started, the CPU clock multiplier was first lowered to 8x and the memory to 166 MHz mode. This way neither the CPU nor memory will get in the way of the motherboard reaching its maximum operating speed.

Starting at 200 MHz, the motherboard clock speed was increased in 2-3 MHz intervals. The RS480-M motherboard handled light overclocking quite well and hit a top speed of 223 MHz before starting to give us any issues. Keeping in mind that the ECS RS480-M is aimed at the entry level market, there were not a lot of BIOS options to scroll through to try and get past this bottleneck...

In the end 223 MHz was the highest we could go with the RS480-M. If you're into overclocking it's best to invest in a motherboard intended for that purpose.

The ECS BIOS:

The ECS RS480-M is intended for the entry level workstation market so it doesn't have many enthusiast class BIOS options.

In the Advanced Chipset Features section, you have the ability to change the onboard video options such as memory buffer size, its TV output standard and what video devices are enabled.

In the DRAM Configuration menu you can only adjust the memory clock speed and CAS Latency. Perhaps ECS could release a BIOS for the RS480-M with a few more options than this...

In the LDT PCI bus control we find the HyperTransport tweaking options. Both the width and speed of HyperTransport can be modified.

In the Frequency/Voltage Control section, users can adjust the CPU clock multiplier depending on what processor they're using. The motherboard clock speed can be adjusted between 200-250 MHz in 1 MHz increments. The maximum CPU voltage is 1.55V and DDR RAM voltage 2.7V.

Up next are the benchmarks run where PCSTATS will be testing the ECS RS480-M motherboard with its onboard video and a full fledged PCI Express videocard.

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Contents of Article: ECS RS480-M
 Pg 1.  ECS RS480-M Crossfire Xpress 200 K8 Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  RS480-M Motherboard Highlights
 Pg 3.  — Radeon Xpress 200 Overclocking
 Pg 4.  Prelude to Benchmarks, SYSmark 2004
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: Office Productivity, SiSoft Sandra, Super Pi
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: PCMark05, 3DMark05
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: 3DMark06, FarCry, X3: Reunion
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: UT2004, Doom 3, Quake 4
 Pg 9.  Worthwhile Budget Motherboard?

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