This synthetic benchmark stresses the CPU, memory sub-system and graphics card to the limit. Our trusty synthetic friend, SiSoft Sandra, leads the way. The scaling of the Asus at Mhz informs us of that. We’re looking at speeds greater than real-time here. RAID 1 is more commonly used to back up data as one drive simply mirrors what’s is on the other. As has been mentioned above, the board can be set to jumper-free mode by changing the position of one jumper. Here’s a quick rundown of our test system and benchmarks used.
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Features and Installation Just a brief glimpse reveals that Asus have loaded the board with some rather nice goodies.
That heritage seems to have carried through to the A7VE. The Asus seems to fall short of this little bit extra, it does a lot of things well but fails to set our world on fire.
We see our recurring theme present here. MP3 encoding is something that I regularly do, anything that saves time in that process is most welcome.
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We’re somewhat under-whelmed by the performance of the Asus with the stock XP. Using slightly stricter settings resulted in failed boot-ups.
The BIOS itself is fairly intuitive and reasonably easy to navigate. The black borders are cropped to save unnecessary encoding time. Fitted with an all-in-one monoblock which matches the Gigabyte Aorus aesthetic. However, the MSI, running with asynchronous memory, puts a little distance between itself and the Asus.
We’ll start the ball rolling with one of our favourites, namely 3DMark SE. Our strict timings and use of the performance-enhancing 1T command certainly pay dividends here. We know that many of our readers are interested in SETI. Benchmarks Our trusty synthetic friend, SiSoft Sandra, leads the way.
We mentioned that the Asus seems to over-supply voltage at any given setting. We’d much rather see the floppy port grouped with the other IDE ports.
ASUS A7VE – motherboard – ATX – Socket A – KTA Overview – CNET
Although latency is cut in half, you do sacrifice some security as RAID 0, by it’s very nature, has no redundancy. Asus also show the relative running speed of the PCI bus. RAID 1 is more commonly used to back up data as one drive simply mirrors what’s is on the other.
It’s well presented, has a multitude of features and z7v266 a champion in the stability stakes. The board packaging is subtle and not completely over-the-top like some. We tried to find the limit of the motherboard by using a factory-unlocked 1.
Asus have worked hard to gain this enviable reputation, work that has seen them leap to become to 1 manufacturer of PC motherboards world-wide.
One seemingly annoying feature is the inability to manually turn off the RAID ports when booting.
ASUS A7V266-E – motherboard – ATX – Socket A – KT266A Series
Let’s move onto another area of media encoding that has historically been heavily reliant on memory throughput, namely DVD encoding. As has been mentioned above, the board can be set to jumper-free mode by changing the position of one jumper. This feature is quite handy if you push the board too far. Pifast calculates the constant Pi to X million decimal places using the fastest method possible. One thing to take away from this test is the impressive performance all-round.
The layout of the board is generally good with the exception of an oddly placed floppy drive port. Top marks to Asus for once again producing an impeccably behaving motherboard.
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The bulk of Asus’ revenue is accrued from the OEM channel. Perhaps we’re being a bit over-critical, but we’ve seen some truly excellent motherboards come through the door recently. And there you have it.
Some users abhor rotated sockets and some like them, I fall into the latter camp as it allows me comfortably attach and remove my heatsink from the motherboard without having to remove it from the case.