Motherboard: Abit AT7 MAX Review :: Performance

05-02-2002 · Category: Motherboards

By Doc Overclock

Stability & Compatibility

You can review our stability/compatibility testing methods here.

Test System

This is a roller coaster of a motherboard for the tester as SYSmark 2001-2002 both had one hell of a time completely finishing their test runs due to errors with Outlook and Windows Media Encoder. This is what is strange though; all the stability tests I ran had no trouble running on the board and all the 3D performance tests ran fine also. I cannot say the board is really unstable though as when I played around in Windows running various applications I never saw any problems, No BSOD or system lock-ups or sudden restarts were encountered. SYSmark is a very proprietary test and sometimes has issues running with some boards. On the other hand these same boards performed well in all other areas so I cannot base an opinion based entirely on failing to run SYSmark.

Performance

When the AT7 is up and running it runs very fast and the AT7 in fact scored a third place victory in our motherboard comparison only to be beaten by speed king Soltek who currently holds both the top two positions. We are using the 23.11 drivers in our tests as to keep the tests accurate between the different boards but the latest 28.32 Nvidia drivers actually give about a seven percent improvement in 3D performance just to keep the record straight.

SYSMark 2001 - 191

3DMark 2001 - 7580

SPECviewperf

Quake III - 167.0

3Dmark ran with 28.32 - 7633