Overclocking and System Setup

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Like the previous motherboard from ECS we have seen here at Amdmb.com, the K7S6A motherboard doesn’t offer much when it comes to overclocking, though ECS did seem to make a slight attempt to move into the overclocking arena. The FSB options that you have are still very limited and aren’t really worth trying to play around with. However, the ability to change the multipliers via a single jumper set on the motherboard may help out some. Unfortunately, ECS placed the jumper in probably the worst possible spot: at the very top of the board between the memory and processor socket. It makes it very difficult to get to with components installed, even OUT of a case.

As I mentioned earlier, ECS doesn’t have any plans for RAID versions of their boards, so if you need more IDE channels either buy a PCI card or begin to hunt elsewhere.

The system setup for this board is just like the previous motherboards, including the KT333 chipset. I did include a few more benchmarks on this review that I started using on the KT333 reference board but didn’t get to repeat on any other motherboard (KT266A) yet. They are 3DMark2001:SE and SiSoft 2002.

Here is the official system setup:

Test System Setup
CPU 1 x 1.67 GHz AMD Athlon XP 2000+ Processor
Motherboards ECS K7S6A
VIA Apollo KT333 Reference Board
MSI K7N420-D Pro
Memory 2 x 256MB Corsair Micro PC2700 DDR DRAM
Hard Drive 20.5GB 7200 RPM IBM EIDE
Video Card GeForce 3
Video Drivers Detonator 22.40
Operating System Windows XP


Quake III: Arena
3DMark 2001
3DMark 2001:SE
Wolfenstein MP
SiSoft Sandra Memory Bench
SiSoft Sandra CPU Bench
SiSoft Sandra 2002 Memory Bench
SiSoft Sandra 2002 CPU Bench
Content Creation Winstone 2001
Content Creation Winstone 2002
Business Winstone 2001
4 different SPEC view perf tests
Sysmark 2001

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