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Aopen AK77 Plus Motherboard Review

Aopen AK77 Plus Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: This good looking jet-black motherboard from Aopen is the hallmark of a new trend in motherboards - designer colours!
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External Mfg. Website: Aopen Jan 15 2002   Max Page  
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Test system specs and benchmarks

Test System Specs:

Computer Hardware:

Processor: AMD Athlon XP 1900+
Clock Speed: 1.60GHz
Motherboard: AOpen AK77 Plus
Chipset: VIA KT266A
Videocard:

MSI GeForce 3 Ti200 (MS-8850)

Network Card:

Accton 10/100

Memory:

256MB TwinMOS PC2100 DDR

Hard Drive: Samsung SV6004H 5400RPM UDMA100 60GB
CDROM: Samsung SM-308 CDRW-DVD
Floppy:

Mitsumi 1.44MB

Heatsink: AVC 112AM1
PowerSupply: Enermax 550 Watt

Software Setup:

Windows Professional 2000
VIA 4 in 1 4.37
DetonatorXP 22.83

For the overclocked tests, the system was configured as follows; 150x12 = 1.8GHz.

Overall System Benchmarks:

BAPCO Sysmark 2001 Source:MadOnion / BAPco

SYSmark2001 uses real world applications concurrently as an accurate way to test the system by following patterns that reflect the way real users work. SYSmark2001's workloads accurately represent today's updated business usage model. The benchmark runs at a realistic execution speed, with think times between application interactions, in order to emulate a desktop user's interaction with the operating system and applications. Higher numbers denote better performance.

BapCo SysMark 2001 Benchmark Results
AOpen AK77 Plus Sysmarks Ranking
1. Internet Content Creation 186
2 Internet Conent Creation - 1.8GHz 204
1 Office Productivity 178
2. Office Productivity - 1.8GHz 206

The AK77Plus forms a very good foundation for the 1900+ chip in this set of synthetic benchmarks. Both Internet content creation and Office productivity put out healthy numbers, and the lead only increases when the speed moves up.

Winbench 99 V1.2 Source: e-Testinglabs.com

WinBench 99 is a subsystem-level benchmark that measures the performance of a PC's graphics, disk, and video subsystems in a Windows environment. WinBench 99's tests can run on Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT, Windows 2000, and Windows Me systems.

WinBench 99 v1.2 Benchmark Results
AOpen AK77 Plus Score Ranking
1. Business Disk 8950
1a. Business Disk - 1.8GHz 8510
2. High-End Disk 27300
2a. High-End Disk - 1.8GHz 24700
3. Business Graphics 770
3a. Business Graphics - 1.8GHz 830
4. High-End Graphics 1580
4a. High-End Graphics - 1.8GHz 1790

WinBench 99 is similar to that of Sysmark 2001 in that is uses a series of scripted programs to accomplish its testing - moving through them much in the same way that a normal person would. The Business Disk marks actually drop as the system is overclocked, though the rest of the benchmarks improve.

Winstone 2001 Source: Zdnet

Business Winstone is a system-level, application-based benchmark that measures a PC's overall performance when running today's Windows-based 32-bit applications on Windows 98 SE, Windows NT 4.0 (SP6 or later), Windows 2000, Windows Me, or Windows XP which runs real applications through a series of scripted activities and uses the time a PC takes to complete those activities to produce its performance scores.

Content Creation Winstone 2001 keeps multiple applications open at once and switches among those applications. Content Creation Winstone 2001's activities focus on what we call "hot spots," periods of activity that make your PC really work--the times where you're likely to see an hourglass or a progress bar.

Winstone 2001 Benchmark Results
AOpen AK77 Plus Scores Ranking
1.

Content Creation

76.6
1a. Content Creation - 1.8GHz 85.4
2. Business Winstone 54.6
2a. Business Winstone - 1.8GHz 66.8

Compared to comparable systems with Pentium4 chips the combination of PC2100 DDR, the 1900+ and the AOpen AK77Plus are a winning one that is hard to beat. Again we see some nice increases in performance with the overclock to 1.80GHz on the AXP chip. Up next we have Sandra and 3DMark2001.

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Contents of Article: Aopen AK77 Plus
 Pg 1.  Aopen AK77 Plus Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Socket and Heatsink Mounts
 Pg 3.  Northbridge Heatsink
 Pg 4.  — Test system specs and benchmarks
 Pg 5.  Sandra, 3DMark2001, Conclusions

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