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October 9, 2002 7:18:30 AM

Ok...well.....heres my question......

I have a bunch of hardware....both Motherboards in question are pertaining to the AMD Socket A Platform....
My question is quite simple...as I cant get any direct comparisions.....and am hoping you gusy can give me the answers I need.....Out of the following list of hardware which I already Have.....what would be the absolute best system???

1x AMD Athlon XP 1600+ (OC's easily to 1.660GHz @ default VCore)
1x AMD Duron 750MHz (OC's easily to 950MHz @ Defualt VCore)
1x ASUS A7S333 SiS745 Motherboard - 2 IDE Chanells and Onboard Sound
1x ASUS A7V133 KT133A Motherboard - 4 IDE Chanells including 2 of which are Promise Ultra 100 RAID Capable
2x ThermalTake Volcano 7's Modded
1x ThermalTake ChromeOrb for Socket A
1x 256MB Samsung DDR RAM CL2.5 PC-2700
2x 256MB Infineon SDRAM CL2 (512MB Total)
1x LeadTek Winfast A170 DDR T GeForce 4 MX440 64MB Video Card
1x Abit Siluro GeForce 2 MX400 64MB
1x Seagate Baracudda IV 7200rpm 40GB ATA-100 HDD
1x Maxtor 4.3GB ATA-33 HDD
2x 10/100 PCI NIC
1x Sound Blaster Live! 5.1
1x Enermax Whisper Series 465Watt PSU
1x 300Watt generic PSU (works fine with anything i throw at it)
1x ASUS 52x CD-Rom
1x I/O Magic 24x10x40 CD-RW Drive
1x Pioneer 10X DVD 40X CD-Rom Slot Load
1x LG 32X CD-Rom
4x 80mm Case Fans

right now...i have it set up like this.....

System 1:

AMD Athlon XP 1600+ @ 1.660GHz
ASUS A7S333 Sis745 Motherboard
ThermalTake Volcano 7 (CPU Run's at 34 Derees celcious idle...and between 39-40 under full load)
256MB Samsung DDR RAM CL 2.5 PC-2700
LeadTek Winfast A170 DDR T GeForce 4 MX440 64MB Video Card
Enermax 465 PSU
2x 80mm case fans
Seagate Baracudda IV 40GB HDD
24x10x40 CD-RW Drive
ASUS 52X CD-Rom
1 PCI NIC
Windows XP Professional

System 2:

AMD Duron 750Mhz @ 950Mhz
ASUS A7V133 KT133A Motherboard
ThermalTake Volcano 7 (CPU Runs at 48 Degrees idle and 51-52 under full load)
512MB Infineon SDRAM
Abit Siluro GeForce 2 MX400 64MB Video Card
Maxtor ATA-33 4.3GB HDD
32X LG C-Rom
10x Pioneer DVD-Rom
Generic 300Watt PSU
Sound Blaster Live! 5.1
1x 10/100 PCI NIC
2x 80mm Case Fans
Windows XP Professional

Now what are your guys suggestions I do ?? I migth add both systems right now run perfectly smooth....stable...no hickups......run great with the exception to the Duron system using the crappy 4.3GB Maxtor HDD...thats all i got right now.....i guess my main question is......would my comp. be faster or slower if i threw the A7V133 MB into my other case where the A7S333 is ???

make it liek this ??

A7V133
512MB PC-133 SDRAM
AXP 1600+
GF4 MX 440
Seagate HDD
Enermax PSU

or do i keep the systems as they are??? ive been debatign this now for 3 weeks.....just asked now.....as im stumped....anyone know what the performance would be like ???

I love the features the A7V133 has....overclockability is MUCH more than the A7S333....that board doesnt support any VCore incriments....anyways....thoughts? Opinions ?

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October 9, 2002 2:08:23 PM

I'd say it depends on the applications. If you are running out of RAM the DDR system might even seem slower than the single data rate system due to a bunch of hard drive swapping.

If you're not running out of RAM I would expect the DDR system to smoke the other.
October 9, 2002 5:22:13 PM

Thanx for the reply.....Overall yes the DDR system does smoke the Duron system...
And i do occasionally run out of ram on the DDR System....which is why im askign if its worth it to put all my best parts in 1 ssytem but use the A7V133 and the 512MB of SDRAM vs. the A7S333 and the 256 of DDR...

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October 9, 2002 7:54:28 PM

Without knowing the exact application it is difficult to say exactly how much difference there would be. I think in general it would feel like the system was slower with the regular SDRAM in place, but in cases where the extra RAM was being used things would get done sooner. Keep in mind this is all just based on my feeling, nothing more.

My opinion is that the best idea( iknow this wasn't one of your options) would be just spending the $50-$60 US for another 256Megs of the DDR. That would wallop both of the configurations you mention when above 256MB is needed.
October 9, 2002 8:07:26 PM

This is very true......im strapped for cash right now though...i am a student....but i will sometime b4 Christmas be adding another 256MB of DDR to the system.....

Thanx for your input knewton... =)

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