forecast for stability...
I have very little to report about the
overclockability of this board, as I have just got
my shiny new PIII 733mhz Coppermine, and without
any extra cooling I?m not very comfortable
overclocking it just yet.
A friend of mine let me try his Celeron
366, and it booted at 550mhz with no problems at
all at default voltage, but I wasn?t able to run
it through the benchmark suite because I wasn?t
allowed to keep it for any length of time.
Everyone should also remember that the VIA 133
chipset has a 1/2 AGP clock setting, allowing you
to have your AGP slot run at it's default 66mhz
when using a 133mhz FSB. A BX based board
set at 133mhz FSB with it's 2/3 setting will have
your AGP slot running at a very high 88mhz, which
wreaks havoc on most video cards.
Tower ATX case with 300w PS
Pentium III 733eb
Shuttle AV61 motherboard
128 mb MUSHKIN PC133 SDRAM
IBM 7200rpm 22gb HD (UDMA/66)
Guillemot 3D Prophet (DDR GeForce)
Adaptec AHA-2940UW SCSI Controller
Plextor 40max CD-Rom
Windows 98SE, DX7a, nVidia Reference Drivers 3.53
out all the stops...
take a look at SiSoft Sandra...
Sandra CPU Tests:
so far so good. This board and chipset combo
seems to let the CPU fly...
Sandra Disk Tests:
Once again...very nice. VIA's implementation
of UDMA/66 is excellent. The numbers speak
for themselves, but I also want to throw in (even
though it sounds dumb) that disk performance
"felt" very fast. Boot times were
decreased and applications would just pop-up on
the screen almost instantaneously. Now, onto
Sandra Memory Tests:
Uh Oh...a chink in the armor. I was
disappointed in this number. With true PC133
support and high quality PC133 ram I was expecting
something more impressive. The trusty ol' BX
outpaces VIA here. I would like to mention
that in no way was this a "noticeable"
bottleneck. The system was very responsive
and extremely fast.
take a look at Winbench...
Winbench 99 1.1
ya go! Excellent all around performance with
a little help form the P3-733. Never the
less, the Shuttle AV61 holds up well here.
In closing, this is a quality product, which may
perfectly fill the void between Intel's BX and
i820 based boards. With the exception of the
choice for 5PCI slots, Shuttle's choice of
features is excellent. The layout is great,
and compatibility, performance and stability are
top notch. With the exception of the initial
resource conflicts (which may very well have been
my fault), this board is easily installed and
setup. With the age of the BX chipset and
the cost of an i820/RAMBUS combo, I'd have no
problems recommending this board to someone
contemplating an upgrade. With support for
every current Intel processor (slotket required
for FPGA chips) and compatibility with standard
DIMMs you have a lot of versatility.
give the Shuttle AV61 a Hot Hardware Heat Meter