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ECS K7S6A SiS 745 Motherboard Review

Author: Ryan Shrout
Subject: Motherboards
Manufacturer: Elitegroup
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Overclocking and System Setup

This content was originally featured on Amdmb.com and has been converted to PC Perspective's website. Some color changes and flaws may appear.

Like the previous motherboard from ECS we have seen here at Amdmb.com, the K7S6A motherboard doesn’t offer much when it comes to overclocking, though ECS did seem to make a slight attempt to move into the overclocking arena. The FSB options that you have are still very limited and aren’t really worth trying to play around with. However, the ability to change the multipliers via a single jumper set on the motherboard may help out some. Unfortunately, ECS placed the jumper in probably the worst possible spot: at the very top of the board between the memory and processor socket. It makes it very difficult to get to with components installed, even OUT of a case.


As I mentioned earlier, ECS doesn’t have any plans for RAID versions of their boards, so if you need more IDE channels either buy a PCI card or begin to hunt elsewhere.


The system setup for this board is just like the previous motherboards, including the KT333 chipset. I did include a few more benchmarks on this review that I started using on the KT333 reference board but didn’t get to repeat on any other motherboard (KT266A) yet. They are 3DMark2001:SE and SiSoft 2002.


Here is the official system setup:





Test System Setup


CPU

1 x 1.67 GHz AMD Athlon XP 2000+ Processor


Motherboards

ECS K7S6A

VIA Apollo KT333 Reference Board

Abit KR7A-RAID

MSI K7N420-D Pro


Memory

2 x 256MB Corsair Micro PC2700 DDR DRAM


Hard Drive

20.5GB 7200 RPM IBM EIDE


Video Card

GeForce 3


Video Drivers

Detonator 22.40


Operating System

Windows XP



Tests:


Quake III: Arena

3DMark 2001

3DMark 2001:SE

DronezMark

Wolfenstein MP

SiSoft Sandra Memory Bench

SiSoft Sandra CPU Bench

SiSoft Sandra 2002 Memory Bench

SiSoft Sandra 2002 CPU Bench

Content Creation Winstone 2001

Content Creation Winstone 2002

Business Winstone 2001

4 different SPEC view perf tests

Cachemem

ScienceMark

Sysmark 2001

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