by February 8, 2001 0 comments
Chipset: SiS 630E
Price: Rs 6,250
Software: Driver CD, PC-Cillin 98, Acrobat Reader, ASUS PC Probe, PowerDVD, CyberLink SW, CyberLink PowerDVD, CyberLink PowerPlayer, VideoLive mail, Yamaha XGplayer. 
Website: www.asus.com 

This motherboard has a good score in features, but didn’t fare too well in
performance. It got a score of 21.6 in Business Winstone99, which means that it’s
good for running productivity applications. Its performance in VideoMark2000 was
also pretty good. However, it couldn’t do too well in the 3DMark2000, Quake
III Arena, and Audio Winbench. In 3DMark2000, it couldn’t score too well even
after we increased its RAM to 96 MB. In AudioWinbench, it gave an average CPU
utilization score of 22.9, which is not that good. In Quake III too, it gave an
average fps of 4.45 only. So, the board is good for normal productivity, but don’t
expect great graphics performance from it.

Featurewise, the board is pretty good. It has a Socket 370 interface, and
supports a maximum FSB of 133 MHz. Its layout is unobtrusive, and the board has
a very good manual. It has five built-in USB ports and even an Ethernet port,
along with an AMR slot. The remaining ports are also built on the motherboard
itself. It’s jumper-less, so configuring new processors is quite easy, and the
settings can be changed from the BIOS. Its driver CD has a neat interface from
where you can install all the necessary drivers. The bundled software is also
good. However, PCI slots are scarce as it only has two of them.

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