Conclusions and Winners
This content was originally featured on Amdmb.com and has been converted to PC Perspective’s website. Some color changes and flaws may appear.This is Amdmb.com’s first motherboard chipset roundup, but I think these are going to become quite more common on the site. One of the best ways to decide on which board YOU are going to purchase is see them side by side and compare them with the other options that are available to you. Only then can you make the best choice.
However, I was expecting to see some more dramatic results than this. All the benchmarks showed an average of 1.5% difference between the fastest and slowest performing motherboards, based on the same chipset. We can view that as a positive thing: no matter which you choose you are going to get a fast and furious machine for gaming, development or office use. However, on the down side, it means that no manufacturer has been able to tweak the boards for extra performance. Whether that is because of problems with the VIA chipset or that VIA has designed the chipset references well enough to squeeze all the performance out, has yet to be seen.
With performance no longer being an issue, where do you go from here? – obviously, motherboard features and options. What should be the deciding factor in your purchasing decision is what kind of features you want, if any. Overclocking? RAID? USB 2.0? As much as possible?
Another possible reason to side with a particular board is support and dependability. It is hard for a test such as this to really gather information on those aspects, so I would recommend you turn to listening to what your peers with experience have to say. Can I suggest the AMD Forums? Here you will find an assortment of personas and technical mindsets that should be able to answer any of your questions about a company or a particular motherboard.
Now, I couldn’t really write an article like this KT333 motherboard roundup and not offer my picks for “winners” if you will. The problem is that I feel that giving out places like 1st, 2nd and so on degrades the motherboard selection process too much and leads naïve readers into thinking whatever I choose to be 1st place is hands down the best – and that just isn’t the case most of the time. It all depends on your needs and wants.
If you are looking for a fast motherboard that offers all the overclocking and performance features you want, you should definitely look at the Abit KX7-333 and the Shuttle AK35GT2R and perhaps even the Soltek 75DRV5. If you want a list of features that will impress your friends and offer you the most options for configuring your own personal system the MSI KT3 Ultra2 is your best choice, followed by the Gigabyte and Epox boards.
Well, that wraps up our first roundup. If you have any suggestions or ideas for future articles or think something needs to be clarified here, please send me an email!