by April 3, 2003 0 comments



This Socket A board for AMD K7/Athlon/Athlon XP/Duron processors is based on a Via KM 266 chipset. It has support for both DDR and SD RAM, up to 2 GB. Other specs are: on-board S3 Savage 4 AGP with 32 MB shared memory, external 4x AGP slot, two PCI and one CNR slot, on-board AC97 audio, two USB ports with six more optional.

We tested this board with an Athlon XP 2800+, 256 MB DDR, 7200 RPM HDD on Win XP. The external AGP was an ASUS V7700 TI with 64 MB DDR. We compared it with the Jetway P4MFM reviewed in February 2003 (PCQuest, page 127), which is priced similarly. It scored well above it in Business Winstone and Content Creation Winstone 2001 benchmarks. The results indicate that the board is very good for regular home and office work and can also be used for heavier apps like Photoshop and Sound Forge. In Quake III arena, however, it was slightly behind the Jetway. 

Snapshot

Price Rs 250,000 (small project value pack for 2 CPUs)
Key
specs
: Clustering, load balancing, hot deployment
Cons : In depth knowledge of Java is necessary
Pros : Auto-discovery of all Pramati Servers on the network, J2EE 1.3 compliance, centralized administration
Contact : Pramati technologies,
Hyderabad.
Tel : 3411672/3
E-mail : sales@pramati.com
Price Business
Winstone
2001*
Content
Creation
Winstone 2001
Quake III
Arena
(640*480*16)
Quake
III Arena

(1024*768*32) 
Jetway
P4MFM*
3,500 51.4 73 48.3 14.8
Jetway
P4MFM**
3,500 56.1 75.8 235.6 133.4
Mercury
KOB KM266 FDSMx*
3,600 54.1 79.2 46.5 14.7
Mercury
KOB KM 266 FDSMx**
3,600 60.8 83.7 195.2 131.2
* On Board AGP. ** ASUS V7700
TI AGP

Overall, a board with excellent performance.

Anoop Mangla

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