What performance would I expect?
What performance what i be expecting if i got a ECS K7S5A with an AMD xp 2000+ and 256 ddr 266, with a radeon 9100? benchmark wise, maybe u could tell me what fps i'd get at these settings in these games; counterstrike at 1024x768, ut at 1024x768 with max settings, ut2k3 at 1024x768 at medium settings and bf1942 at 1024x768 at medium settings. do u think if i got a more powerful video card, the other stuff would bottleneck it besides the ram? im thinking about this combo becuz i've seen an upgrade ad for this stuff excluding the video card.
I have one of those K7S5A Pro's. However, I bought it to use PC133 memory.
If you are going pay for the DDR memory then I'd like to suggest you go for a slightly better board and and get higher rated memory preferably PC3200 but at least PC2700. (I think the PC2700 is probably the same price as the PC2100).
Approximate Alternative Motherboard Prices in $US
ECS ___ K7S5A Pro _____________$45
ASUS ___ A7V8X-X__ KT400 _____ $73
Gigabyte GA-7N400L NF2ultra400__ $85
Gigabyte GA-7VT600L __________ $76
MSI KT4A Ultra ________________ $95
MSI KT5 Delta-LSR______________$85
This will give you flexibilty for some future CPU upgrade when and if you ever need or want to upgrade the XP2000+.
I know every penny counts but if you can manage it you will have a more flexible solution.
Maybe some answers to your FPS questions here:
<A HREF="http://www.ultimatehardware.net/rad9200/rad9200.htm" target="_new">http://www.ultimatehardware.net/rad9200/rad9200.htm</A>
<A HREF="http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/video/print/fic-a92.html" target="_new">http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/video/print/fic-a92.html</A>
<A HREF="http://www.neoseeker.com/Articles/Hardware/Reviews/fic_r92p/print.html " target="_new">http://www.neoseeker.com/Articles/Hardware/Reviews/fic_r92p/print.html </A>
I'm not sure if the K7S5A Pro AGP drivers are efficient or not. I have not yet swapped a card in from a better quality system. The CPU is not nearly as important as the GPU on the graphics card for most games.
The loving are the daring!<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by Flinx on 09/20/03 06:32 PM.</EM></FONT></P>