THG Puts 13 Bleeding-Edge Memory Modules, 14 Mobos To the Match-Up Test

General Overview Of The Motherboards

Test System

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AMD Processors (Socket 754)
200 MHz FSBAthlon 64 3400+ (2200 MHz 128/512 kB) SH7-C0Athlon 64 3400+ (2200 MHz 128/512 kB) SH7-CG
Common Hardware
Graphics CardAsus A9800XT/TVD, Rev. 1.01GPU: ATI Radeon 9800XT, 412 MHz Chip ClockMemory: 256 MB DDR-SDRAM, 365 MHz Chip Clock
Hard Drive (AMD System)FastTrak S150 TX2plus (Bios: x SATA Maxtor 6Y080M0 (Raid 0)80 GB / 8 MB Cache / 7200 rpm
Software and Drivers
ATI GraphicsCatalyst Version 04.4 (
NVIDIA CipsetsV 2.45
VIA ChipsetsV 14.51
DirectXVersion: 9b
OSWindows XP, Build 2600 SP1 (English)

Test Description

Our approach was conceivably simple: after deleting the CMOS by setting the appropriate jumper, we set the memory in the BIOS to DDR400 and the timing specifications to "Auto".

Then, we booted up Windows XP, where links to Prime 95 and CPU-Z are directly located in the Autostart file, so that both applications are executed immediately during start-up. Approximately seven minutes were required to run "Test 1;" while this was going on we noted the ascertained memory timings.

As the computer had to be switched on and off very frequently, we decided to switch off the computer directly by means of the switch on the mains power supply due to time pressure and to power the hard disks via a different test computer. Eventually, if these were to be switched off and then immediately booted up again no less then 360 times - the wear and tear on such operating samples is correspondingly high.