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Iwill KA266 DDR Motherboard Review

Iwill KA266 DDR Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Since I have been particularly impressed with other Iwill motherboards like the KK266 and BD133, I was hoping that my first experience with ALi's Magik 1 chipset and DDRAM would be pleasant.
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External Mfg. Website: Iwill Aug 06 2001   Colin Sun  
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SiSoft Sandra Benchmarks

Sisoft Sandra: CPU Benchmark
Setting: MIPS: MFLOPS:
12 x 100 MHz
3373 1651
9 x 133 MHz
3375 1652
8 x 146 MHz
3299 1619

Sisoft Sandra: Multi-Media Benchmark
Setting: Integer: FPU:
12 x 100 MHz
6414 it/s 8231 it/s
9 x 133 MHz
6413 it/s 8235 it/s
8 x 146 MHz
6272 it/s 8053 it/s

Sisoft Sandra: Multi-Media Benchmark
Setting: ALU: FPU:
12 x 100 MHz
415 MB/s 580 MB/s
9 x 133 MHz
510 MB/s 743 MB/s
8 x 146 MHz
510 MB/s 810 MB/s

And of course the all important 3Dmark2001.

MadOnion's 3DMark 2001
12 x 100 MHz

9 x 133 MHz

8 x 146 MHz

It seems that Iwill isn't targeting the enthusiast market with the KA266. With the range of features that are supported the target market seems geared towards OEM computer builders who want to use the catch phrase "DDR" in their advertisements.

Still, the performance isn't really all that bad even though the KA266 could be outclassed by older technology - namely VIA's KT133A with good old PC133 memory. There were a few minor annoyances with the board, the location of the floppy drive being the most prevalent, and the necessity of having to use jumpers to change the multiplier.

There's a rumor that the new ALi Magik 1 is going to come equipped with a new PLL which should improve performance by 10-15%. If this expected speed boost is correct, then maybe ALi will be a player again, but until then, the Iwill KA266 and every other ALi Magik 1 based motherboard just doesn't seem fast enough to compete with other DDR solutions. The ALi Magik 1 just seems to be too much of a bottle neck to compete with the likes of VIA's KT133A for instance.

In the end I have to say the KA266 is a very nice motherboard, but lacks the really performance to outclass existing SDRAM solutions. Hopefully the results will be much better next time around.

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Contents of Article: Iwill KA266
 Pg 1.  Iwill KA266 DDR Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Motherboard Specs
 Pg 3.  Looking at the Motherboard Features
 Pg 4.  The KA266's BIOS
 Pg 5.  Test System Specs: and benchmarks
 Pg 6.  — SiSoft Sandra Benchmarks

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