Sandra, 3DMark2001, Conclusions
| Sisoft Sandra
SiSoft Sandra has been around for
some time, and in this series of tests for CPU, Memory and Multimedia the
AK77Plus and Athlon XP 1900+ are stressed well. Sandra is designed to test the theoretical power of a complete
system and individual components. The numbers taken though are again, purely
theoretical and may not represent real world performance.
|SiSoft Sandra 2001 Benchmark Results|
||AOpen AK77 Plus
|| Integer SSE
||Integer SSE - 1.8GHz
|| Floating-Point SSE
||Floating-Point SSE - 1.8GHz
|| Dhrystone ALU
||Dhrystone ALU - 1.8GHz
|| Whetstone FPU
||Whetstone FPU - 1.8GHz
|| Integer ALU
||Integer ALU - 1.8GHz
|| Float FPU - 1.8GHz
The overclocked system wins
every test here because not only is the FSB higher, there is more CPU power
backing it up too. Still, the numbers are very respectable, performance is on
par with other KT266A based boards that we have looked at recently like the
3DMark2001 is the latest installment
in the 3DMark series by MadOnion. By combining DirectX8 support with completely
new graphics, it continues to provide good overall system benchmarks. 3DMark2001
has been created in cooperation with the major 3D accelerator and processor
manufacturers to provide a reliable set of diagnostic tools. The suite
demonstrates 3D gaming performance by using real-world gaming technology to test
a system's true performance abilities. Tests include: DirectX8 Vertex Shaders,
Pixel Shaders and Point Sprites, DOT3 and Environment Mapped Bump Mapping,
support for Full Scene Anti-aliasing and Texture Compression and two game tests
using Ipion real-time physics. Higher 3DMark scores denote better performance.
|3DMark 2001 Benchmark Results|
||AOpen AK77 Plus
Finally, no round of benchmarks would be complete with out a
little action from MadOnion's 3DMark2001. You have to admit, those 21.83
DetonatorXP drivers really help!
As 3DMark2001 is a DirectX8
benchmark, Athlon processors have traditionally enjoyed a lead in 3DMark scores and the Athlon XP1900+
is equally capable on the AK77plus. While these aren't the highest scores in the world, for
a system which hasn't seen any major tweaking they are very
last time I looked at an AOpen board it was for a slot one Celeron 300A, and the mood at that time was pure and utter overclocking bliss. Since then, AOpen seem to have faded from the spotlight a bit. Not that their boards had problems, or anything along those lines but for whatever reason a lot of the focus shifted to ABit, Epox, Shuttle, and others.
mean time AOpen has managed to produce
a very well rounded mainboard with the AK77Plus. By offering users IDE RAID, PC2100 DDR and a nice set of overclocking tools they have assured themselves a good standing. While the AK77Plus does have a few quirks that irked us, there were no major problems. The layout is very clean, and everything is easy to get at (ie that RAM will come out without removing the videocard).
manuals Aopen include with their motherboards have always been very well
illustrated, with a quick start poster, and more detailed booklets. We should
have looked through them a bit more careful and noticed Jumper #21 ourselves.
The AK77Plus is not the absolute best board for overclocking that you can find on the market these days, the Epox 8KHA+ is still a little more versatile there, but it does offer the best of both worlds - good tweaking for those who need it, and good features for those who really just want a mainboard. Plus you just have to like the midnight black PCB!
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