System Setup and Benchmarks

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The KT400A motherboard roundup was run just like the other motherboard reviews we do here at all the equipment was kept the same for each test with the obvious exception of the motherboard. All of the memory settings were kept identical except where noted differently.

You will not see the Soyo KT400A Dragon in any of these benchmarks as it was very unstable and wouldn’t complete about 75% of them. Putting that off to getting a very early engineering sample, I kept the layout and features section in here as the retail version would more than likely be completely stable.

You’ll also see that we didn’t use the Athlon XP 3200+ processors based on the 400 MHz FSB simply because the KT400A chipset doesn’t have support for the 400 MHz FSB without a new clock generator or locked dividers. The KT600 chipset will have the 400 MHz support when boards begin to hit the streets later this summer. Because of this limitation, we used the Athlon XP 3000+, the fastest 333 MHz FSB processor available.

AMD Test System Setup
CPU 1 x 2.17 GHz AMD Athlon XP 3000+ Processor
Motherboards Gigabyte 7VAXP-A Ultra
Epox 8K9A9I
Soltek SL-KT400A-L
Acorp 7KT400A
Jetway Polaris 400A
Abit KD7
MSI KT4A Ultra
DFI KT400A LanParty
Memory 1 x 512MB Corsair Micro XMS3200 DDR DRAM
Hard Drive 80 GB 7200 RPM IBM EIDE
Video Card ATI Radeon 9700 Pro
Video Drivers 61.66
Operating System Windows XP w/ Service Pack 1


Quake III: Arena
Unreal Tournament 2K3
3DMark 2001:SE
PCMark 2002
SiSoft Sandra Memory Bench
SiSoft Sandra CPU Bench
SiSoft Sandra Multimedia Bench
Content Creation Winstone 2001
Content Creation Winstone 2002
Content Creation Winstone 2003
Business Winstone 2001
Business Winstone 2002
SPECviewperf 7

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