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Enlight's BareBones AMD / KT133 System
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Date: Dec 14, 2001
Section:Systems
Author: HH Editor
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Enlight's Bare-Bones AMD / KT133 System
Mid Sized Socket A Athlon Performance

By Dave Altavilla - November 10, 2000

 
These days, many "build-it-yourselfers" and PC Systems Integrators are looking for pre-configured products that take some of the busy work out of putting together a system.  Hence the "Bare-Bones" package was born.  The premise of a Bare-Bones System is to provide the End User or Systems Integrator, a base product that is ready for customization according to the individual's specific needs.  The base product should have fairly "universal appeal" and be set up for the mainstream user for simple configuration and expansion.

Enlight has been designing, building and marketing Computer Chassis since the late 80s.  What you may not have known is that they also have been building, testing and selling Bare-Bones products for almost as long.  Keeping up with the times and evolution of the PC, Enlight now offers a full complement of ATX form factor Bare-Bones products based on both the Intel and AMD platforms.  This is a Hot Hardware look at a product from their AMD offering sporting a mid sized ATX Case, 48X CD ROM and Gigabyte KT133 Mainboard.

Let's have a look.

Specifications Of The Main Components - Enlight's KT133 Bare-Bones Setup
Gigabyte Motherboard, Enlight Case and LiteON CD-ROM Drive

 

Enlight's 7238 Mid Tower ATX

 

              


Gigabyte's GA-7ZX - KT133 Socket A Motherboard

 

 


 

LiteOn 48X CD-ROM

 

 


 

 

 

  • Maximum Data Transfer Rate up to 7200KB/sec (48X)
  • Average access time less than 80 ms (typical)
  • Access all format CD-ROM , CD-R , CD-RW title & disc
  • Advanced Wire Suspension System (WSS)® to reduce vibration & noise
  • Standard ATAPI/E-IDE interface supporting Ultra DMA/33
  • Compliant with MPC level 2 & 3 , PC97 , PC98 , PC99 , PC2000
  • Plug & Play ready ; Emergency manual eject
  • Supporting DOS, Win 3.1/95/98/2000/NT and OS/2 Warp
  • Auto switch speed & auto detect IDE port 1, 2, 3, and 4
  • Supporting power saving function

 

 

Pretty straight forward stuff here actually.  The case is stylish and roomy with about as much expansion as you could get in a Mid-ATX setup.  Also it should be noted that our KT133 Bare-Bones unit came with a 300 WATT power supply not the 250W unit that is specified for the case normally.  This is obviously because the AMD platform needs some pretty robust power supporting it and Enlight made sure it was in there.

 

Here are more "candid" case photos for your browsing pleasure.  Try to keep calm here.  ;)

 

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Once again, fairly standard issue hardware.  The case has a solid construction with rounded edges to keep you from bloodying yourself during setup.  The mechanics of the case require you to remove the front bezel in order to then slide the side panel back for access to the inside of the chassis.  We have never been found of this design frankly, however it does work well and the pieces mate together fairly easily.

 

Finally, there is excellent room for expansion within the drive bays and there is a front mount for an intake fan that can be set up to draw cool air into the system.  That just about covers the case aspect of our unit.  Let's look at the motherboard and CD-ROM drive.

 

Motherboard Details and The CD Drive Performance

 
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Enlight's Bare Bones AMD / KT133 System
Mid Sized Socket A Athlon Performance

By Dave Altavilla - November 10, 2000

 
Other than the case itself, you do get three other components with the Enlight KT133 Bare-Bones unit, Gigabyte's GA-7ZX KT133 Motherboard, LiteON's 48X CD-ROM and a Floppy Drive.  We won't bore you to tears with detail on the floppy but the other two components are fairly sexy.  So, lets have a look.

Enlight Bare-Bones Test System
Just add a dash of Video, CPU, RAM, a Drive and you have a system!

Enlight 7238 Mid Tower ATX Case with 300W Power Supply, AMD Athlon 750 (T-Bird), Gigabyte GA-7ZX KT133 Motherboard, 128MB of Corsair PC133 SDRAM (get yours at Outside Loop!), IBM 15G 7200RPM ATA100 Drive, Hercules Prophet II 64 GeForce2 GTS 64MB, LiteOn 48X CD-ROM,
Windows 98SE, Direct X 7.0a, nVidia Reference Drivers version 6.31

 

Installation / Setup Of The Enlight Bare-Bones
The GA-7ZX KT133 Motherboard and LiteON 48X CD-ROM

 

 

Without going through the entire list of specs again for you, there are a few details of this Gigabyte Socket A board that should be mentioned.  First, this board doesn't have CPU setup in the BIOS.  Everything needs to be configured via dip switches.  While these are certainly better than jumper banks, power users may have grown accustomed to a "SoftMenu" interface and may feel having to open the case, is less than optimal.  However, Gigabyte does offer "Easy Tune" software for over-clocking in the Windows environment which does simplify things nicely.  More on this in our over-clocking section.

 

Another point of reference is that this board does not have voltage adjustments whatsoever nor does it have CPU multiplier adjustments.  As a result, the "hard core" crowd may find the GA-7ZX a little limiting with respect to running things out of spec. 

 

On the upside however, the GA-7ZX does have a nice layout with excellent quality throughout.  The board was extremely stable in all of our tests and setup in general was a piece of cake.  System Integrators will have no problem with this board as it is very easy to work with and not even the slightest bit finicky.  So, how about that CD-ROM?

 

 

Yes Sir, that there is a LiteOn 48X CD-ROM Model LTN-485S.  Nothing special to report here as it has the usual configuration of I/O on the back panel.  It is a fairly quiet drive with not a lot of vibration being radiated once running inside the Enlight case.  What is probably more interesting to you is the performance.  Let's just dig in then, shall we?

 

 

Benchmarks With The LiteOn 48X CD-ROM
The speed is in there...

 

 

CD Speed 99 - CD-ROM Performance Test

 

 

You might be thinking "what's this 26X performance from a 48X drive?"  Well, for starters as you may or may not know, CD-ROM drives rarely perform to their advertised performance level.  We are not sure why this is but literally every drive we test turns out this way.  However, compared to the Shuttle 56X CD-ROM we tested not long ago, the LiteOn unit comes very close to the performance level of a drive that is 8X it superior.

 

Sandra CD Benchmark

 

 

Once again, great performance from a 48X CD Drive here.  Let's see what else is ticking within the Enlight Bare-Bones setup.

 

Motherboard / System Benchmarks And Over-Clocking !

 
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Enlight's Bare-Bones AMD / KT133 System
Mid Sized Socket A Athlon Performance

By Dave Altavilla - November 10, 2000


For a look at the "Business Performance" side of things, we have ZD's Content Creation Winstone 2000.

Benchmarks With The Enlight Bare-Bones System
Gigabyte and The T-Bird Crank it up

Surprisingly, clock for clock the GA-7ZX fell ever so slightly shy of the Soyo KT133 board's score.  However, the Soyo board, as you may have seen from our recent review, didn't make it even to the 800MHz. mark.  So here, you see what the benefits of over-clocking can bring to the party.

So, let's have a little fun here before we wrap things up.

Seeing as we were in the over-clocking mood, we decided to take some Q3 Arena scores with our 750MHz. T-Bird at 833MHz. and the Hercules Prophet II at 220MHz. core and 400MHz. memory clocks.  Needless to say, life was pretty good when you can set up 1600X1200 resolution and still play in 32 bit color.  Again, the price/performance ratio is strong here but counter-balanced by the somewhat pricey GeForce2 64MB card.  Never the less, the Prophet II 64 is not part of the Enlight Bare-Bones package, so you are free to save a few pennies in this area.

 

What can we say about the Enlight KT133 Bare Bones System?  After working with it for a few weeks, we can report that it's quality of construction with respect to the case is good, not to be considered high end but decent.  Ease of use with its case was also fairly good but not totally set up for comfort.

On the upside, Enlight's choice of components was excellent for the mainstream user.  The GA-7ZX from Gigabyte is a solid motherboard with excellent stability and performance.  Perhaps it falls somewhat short in the area of over-clocking but with its Easy Tune III software you still have some options.  Finally, the LiteOn CD-ROM albeit somewhat non-descript, is a top end performer in the 48X class and fairly quiet to boot.

So in the end, the Enlight Bare-Bones KT133 System is to be rated on the sum of its individual components.  We feel the total package is worthy of a Heat Meter Rating of...

 

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