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Tyan Trinity KT-A Motherboard Review

Tyan Trinity KT-A Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Tyan have generally been known as the manufacturer of highly stable server boards. While the groundbreaking dual AMD Thunder K7 has recently propelled them into the spotlight somewhat.
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External Mfg. Website: Tyan Aug 11 2001   Colin Sun  
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Quake III Arena Benchmarks

Quake III Arena: Fastest demo001
Setting: FPS:
1. 10 x 100 MHz 125.4
2. 10 x 133 MHz 180.1

Quake III Arena: Fastest nv15demo
Setting: FPS:
1. 10 x 100 MHz 43.6
2. 10 x 133 MHz 52.2


There are a few interesting spots in the benchmarks here. First, in Sandra's Memory bandwidth tests, there isn't much of a difference between the two bus speeds. It's kind of odd, I purposely set the memory speed to run at the same speed as the bus, but it doesn't look like that option stuck.

The next interesting spot is on Quake III's demo001 score. For some reason it looks like processor and bus speed make a huge difference in the performance of this game. It's already known that Q3 has an appetite for high bus speeds but it looks like you also need a high speed CPU to back it up as well. Oh, I did rerun those two benchmarks to make sure it wasn't just a fluke.

Even with the stability problems I experienced, there are a few general conclusions about the board we can draw. First, the general layout of the KT-A is pretty good, the IDE and floppy drive connectors are exactly where you'd want them to be and the ATX power plug is at the top of the board and isn't going to obstruct air flow (this I like a lot).

I also like the relative small size of the KT-A's PCB. Its performance is on par with other KT133A boards that I've worked with in the past, and thanks to it's lack of extra features, the Tyan KT-A should be one of the cheapest boards around. Also, if the KT-A is even close to it's brethren in terms of reliability, it would easily rival its competitors best efforts. While this isn't something we normally comment on, I feel I must say that the instruction manual Tyan pack with this motherboard is very well done. Granted, most of us don't spend too much time reading a motherboard's instruction manual, but in this case it was nice to see a very well layed out manual full of coherent explainations (that even the first time user could understand).

As a performance user, would I recommend the KT-A? Unfortunately no. There are just too many other offerings at the moment, which while they might cost more, you would be better off with in the long run.

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Contents of Article: Tyan S2390B
 Pg 1.  Tyan Trinity KT-A Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  KT-A Spec Sheet
 Pg 3.  Notes on the KT-A layout
 Pg 4.  A BIOS built not for Overclocking
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: WinBench 99, Content Sandra
 Pg 6.  — Quake III Arena Benchmarks

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