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Shuttle AK35GTR Motherboard Review

Shuttle AK35GTR Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The Shuttle AK35GTR is based on VIA's much loved KT266A chipset, so we already have a pretty good idea of how fast this board is going to be.
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External Mfg. Website: Shuttle Jan 31 2002   Colin Sun  
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Test Setup and benchmarks

Test System Specs:

Computer Hardware:

Processor: AthlonXP 1900+ Unlocked at 1.6 GHz (12x133 and 10x160)
Motherboard: Shuttle AK35GTR
Chipset: VIA KT266A
Videocard:

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

Network Card:

Not Used

Memory:

256 MB OCZ PC2400

Hard Drive: 10GB Maxtor DiamondMax
CDROM: Panasonic CR-594-B 48x CD-ROM
Floppy:

Panasonic 1.44 MB Floppy

Heatsink: Bitspower NP60CS w/36CFM Delta Fan
PowerSupply: Icute4 4200 (400W)

Software Setup:

Windows 2000 Pro + SP2
VIA 4in1 4.37
DetonatorXP 22.80

Benchmarks

SysMark 2001 + Patch 3
Business Winstone 2001
Content Creation 2001
Winbench 99
SiSoft Sandra 2002 Pro
3DMark2001
Return to Castle Wolfenstein

The CPU speed for all benchmarks was kept at 1.6 GHz.

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
Shuttle AK35GTR Sysmarks Ranking
1. Internet Content Creation - 133 MHz 194
2 Internet Content Creation - 160 MHz 203
1 Office Productivity - 133 MHz 167
2. Office Productivity - 160 MHz 178

There is about a 5% performance increase which isn't too bad for just increasing the FSB! Unfortunately, it would be unnoticeable by the average office user.

Winstone 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.

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 ME, 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.

Winstone 2001 Benchmark Results
Shuttle AK35GTR Scores Ranking
1.

Content Creation - 133 MHz

74.6
1a. Content Creation - 160 MHz 76.7
2. Business Winstone - 133 MHz 45.6
2a. Business Winstone - 160 MHz 46.1

It's not much of a surprise that the scores here are within the margin of error since the CPU speed was the same. Bus speed doesn't affect office based applications like it does to 3D games.

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
Shuttle AK35GTR Score Ranking
1. Business Disk - 133 MHz 5230
1a. Business Disk - 160 MHz 5150
2. High-End Disk - 133 MHz 14900
2a. High-End Disk - 160 MHz 14800
3. Business Graphics - 133 MHz 763
3a. Business Graphics - 160 MHz 844
4. High-End Graphics - 133 MHz 1480
4a. High-End Graphics - 160 MHz 1550

Unfortunately with the death of our 30.7 GB IBM DeskStar 75GXP, we were forced to use one of our spare 10GB Maxtor's... As you can see here, our disk performance is utterly terrible! That's not the fault of the motherboard! It's the hard drive! As for the graphics benchmarks, the increased AGP speed resulting from the overclocking does seem to improve performance quite a bit!

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Contents of Article: Shuttle AK35GTR
 Pg 1.  Shuttle AK35GTR Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  The AK35GTR BIOS
 Pg 3.  — Test Setup and benchmarks
 Pg 4.  Sandra and gaming benchmarks

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