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Iwill XP333-R Motherboard Review

Iwill XP333-R Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: IWill has made quite a name for themselves by catering towards the enthusiast market with a wide lineup of good motherboard solutions.
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External Mfg. Website: Iwill Jan 17 2002   Colin Sun  
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System Spec's and benchmarks

Test System Specs:

Computer Hardware:

Processor: AMD Athlon XP 1800+
Clock Speed: 1.57GHz
Motherboard: Iwill XP333-R
Chipset: ALI KO266
Videocard:

MSI G3Ti500 Pro-VTG (GeForce3 Ti500 240/500)

Network Card:

Not Used

Memory:

256 MB TwinMOS DDR333

Hard Drive: IBM 30.7 GB DeskStar 75 GXP
CDROM: Samsung
Floppy:

Mitsumi 1.44MB

Heatsink: Thermaltake Dragon Orb 3
PowerSupply: 550Watt Enermax

Software Setup:

Windows 2000 SP2
ALi AGP 1.80
nVidia DetonatorXP 22.80
DirectX 8.0

Benchmarks:

Business Winstone 2001
Content Creation 2001
WinBench99
SiSoft Sandra 001 Pro
3DMark2001
Serious Sam 1.02
Return to Castle Wolfenstein

Please note that CPU speed was approx. the same though out all the tests. At 133 MHz FSB, a 11.5 multiplier was used to = 1533 MHz at a 166 MHz FSB, a 9.5 multiplier was used to = 1575 MHz.

Business 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.

Business Winstone 2001
FSB Winstone Units Ranking
1.

133 MHz

53.9

2.

166 MHz

57.1

Business Winstone 2001 get's a healthy gain of just under 10%, which is due to the faster memory subsystem. However, as a user, you wouldn't know the difference.

Content Creation 2001 Source: ZDNet

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.

Content Creation 2001
FSB Winstone Units Ranking
1.

133 MHz

76

2.

166 MHz

82.9

Like Business Winstone 2001, Content Creation is able to differentiate between the two systems, again the difference is just under 10%, and it's again due to a faster memory subsystem. Unlike Business Winstone though, this is a difference the average user should be able to notice.

WinBench99 Source: ZDNet

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
FSB/Benchmark Score Ranking
1.

133/Business Disk

7170

2.

166/Business Disk

8450

3.

133/High-End Disk

18400

4.

166/High-End Disk

24300

5.

133/Business Graphics

753

6.

166/Business Graphics

811

7.

133/High-End Graphics

1400

8.

166/High-End Graphics

1490

As we can see here, thanks to the higher FSB, even though the PCI's and AGP are in spec, at a 166 MHz FSB they communicate with the Northbridge and Southbridge quicker which leads to faster performance. It's difficult to really tell the difference with office applications on the user level, but over time, the quicker solutions will net a benefit.

Sisoft Sandra 2002 Source: SiSoftware

SiSoft Sandra 2002 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

Multimedia Benchmark

Score

1.

133/Integer SSE

8388 it/s
2.

166/Integer SSE

8651 it/s
3.

133/Floating-Point SSE

9750 it/s
4.

166/Floating-Point SSE

10056 it/s

CPU Benchmark

1.

133/Dhrystone ALU

4226 MIPS
2.

133/Dhrystone ALU

4361 MIPS
3.

133/Whetstone FPU

2114 MFLOPS
4.

166/Whetstone FPU

2180 MFLOPS

Memory Benchmark

1.

133/Integer ALU

1832 MB/s
2.

166/Integer ALU

2256 MB/s
3.

133/Float FPU

1729 MB/s
4.

166/Float FPU

2116 MB/s

Overall, Sandra 2002 can't differentiate between the two systems except in the memory benchmark. Obviously there would be a big increase because the FSB is 33 MHz more.

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Contents of Article: Iwill XP333-R
 Pg 1.  Iwill XP333-R Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  BIOS Feature and MicroStepping
 Pg 3.  — System Spec's and benchmarks
 Pg 4.  Gaming Benchmarks and Conclusions

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