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FIC AZ11E VIA KT133 Motherboard Review

FIC AZ11E VIA KT133 Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: A few short months ago came the introduction of VIA's KT133 chipset. Though the chipset itself has remained pretty much constant (aside from a minor Southbridge revision), host motherboards have been going through good deal of change in a relatively short amount of time. Current generation motherboards now include multiplier adjustments, ATA/100 support and more recently, some form of Voice Diagnosis a feature that is catching on rather quickly.
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External Mfg. Website: FIC Feb 19 2001   P. Masrani  
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Quake 3




The AZ11E stays up there in Quake 3 Arena scores. Frankly, scores from all motherboards are quite indicative of the KT133's maturity with just around 4 FPS between the fastest and the "slowest" performer.

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The first impression with regard to AC97 audio among enthusiasts seems to always be in the negative. Though I have listened to really good ones in the past, I am afraid that FIC's AZ11E could be among the worst. Plenty of distortion could be heard and aside from bad sound quality, I found it to be rather unreliable. In my experience with it, I would find audio (bad enough as it is) suddenly turn into undecipherable noise.

Perhaps this occurence is only with our particular test sample, and not a problem that has become widespread. I have spoken to various AZ11E owners and none of them report the same problem.

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Contents of Article: FIC AZ11E
 Pg 1.  FIC AZ11E VIA KT133 Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  First Impressions
 Pg 3.  Test Bed Setup and Benchmarks
 Pg 4.  — Quake 3
 Pg 5.  NOVUS II

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