Ok, we?ve seen
what the system is capable of, but what about gaming? What
kind of 3D performance are we looking at? Well, let?s find
Performance Comparisons with 3DMark
MadOnion?s other creation,
3DMark 2001 SE, is a good comparison of the graphic
capabilities of a system. However, since we are looking
for more system related scores, and not looking to test
the video card only, we used lower resolutions than you
would normally see in a graphics card review.
The results were very close,
too close to call a real winner at this resolution,
although the Soyo board was a bit off of the pace.
At the higher resolution, the
A7V333 paired with the Chaintech GF4 Ti 4600 really
outshined the other two boards, each of those also with a
GF4. In fact, if you look at both of the graphs, the score
from the Asus A7V333 at 1024x768 is almost equal to the
Soyo at 800x600.
Performance Comparisons with Quake 3
Time to bring out the ol? fan
favorite ? Quake 3 Arena. Once again, we set Quake to its
fastest setting, 640x480x16 bit color, with lowest graphic
settings. At these settings, the game is more or less
dependent on the CPU performance rather than the video
All three of the test systems
were pumping out some healthy framerates, with the A7V333
holding a small lead over the other two. At overclocking
speeds, we were able to gain another 15 frames per second,
topping out at 273.1 fps.
"Real World" Performance with
Last, but not least, are
two benchmarks from Ziff Davis ? Business Winstone
2001 and Content Creation Winstone 2002.
Business Winstone is an application-based benchmark,
which runs through a series of scripts using
business programs such as Microsoft Office 2000,
Frontpage 2000, Lotus Notes and Netscape. It
attempts to emulate a business system load, and then
give a rating. We left the default setting so that
these scripts were done five times and the final
score given on the left.
The A7V333 has a clear
advantage over the Soyo and Abit boards beating them
by 4-5%. It is becoming quite apparent that this
board is a performance champion.
Content Creation Winstone 2002 is another
application-based benchmark, this time using popular
content creation programs such as Adobe Photoshop
and Premiere, Macromedia Director and Dreamweaver,
and Microsoft Windows Media Encoder. It keeps these
multiple applications open and switches among them
while running scripts.
Probably the closest
scores in any of the tests I performed, the Asus
A7V333 just narrowly beat out the Soyo KT333 Dragon,
by a mere 0.1! The Abit board was a close third. The
scale on this graph might make the differences
appear marge, but they were all within a 0.6 range.
board, we have seen that the Asus A7V333 outperformed
two other board from their main competitors. The only
benchmark that it did not shine on was the PC Mark
2002 hard drive score, but once again it should be
noted that these are synthetic scores and cannot be
quantified in real-world performance. We did not see
any performance drops when running other applications
or benchmark routines.
As for included features, Asus has provided just about
everything the discerning PC builder/user could look
for. It comes with ATA133 RAID support combining the
(theoretically) fastest transfer rates with Promise?s
RAID 0/1 technology. 6 channel audio comes onboard,
and it does an admiral job for those not willing or
wanting to layout another $50-100 for a sound card.
USB 2.0 and Firewire ports allow for quick data
transfer from external hard drives, CD-burners, and
cameras. Normally, these alone would round-out a
feature-rich board, but then Asus goes and adds some
finishing touches with the C.O.P. overheating
protection, Q-Fan speed/noise control, and the ability
to customize your system using My-Logo and Post
Is this board for everyone? Well, those who are
currently using KT266A motherboards probably don?t
need to upgrade, although they surely would not be
disappointed with the Asus A7V333. Those building a
new system however, would be looking at one of the
finest boards we?ve have seen in the Athlon camp.
- ATA/133 RAID
innovative technology such as C.O.P and Post
performance on all benchmarks
- No AGP
- No S/PDIF
output bracket for digital audio.
This motherboard gets a
9 on the
HotHardware Heat Meter for outstanding performance and
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