WinFast NF4SK8AA-8EKRS Motherboard Review

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The Test Setup

The Test System

The Winfast NF4SK8AA-8EKRS Motherboard

Benchmarks and Testing Setup:

Test Platform:

AMD Test Platform

Component

Brand/Model

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Processor

AMD Opteron 146

Motherboard

Abit AN8 32X

DFI NF4 Expert

WinFast NF4SK8AA

 
 

Video Card

BFG Tech 7800GT

Hard Drive

Western Digital 2x74GB Raptors

Cooling

Corsair COOL

Power Supply

OCZ 600W Powerstream

Operating System

Windows XP Professional

     All tests were run using a clean install of Windows XP Professional with SP2. The WinFast board used the latestbios, dates January 23.  The ABIT board used the beta bios that was sent to us during our review of that board.  The DFI board uses the 12-07-05 BIOS. For our stock speed tests, we ran everything at default timings for the CPU.  For all boards, our stock speed testing used OCZ 3700 Platinum 1 GB kit (TCCD), at speeds of 2-2-2-5 DDR400, and 2.7vDimm.  Because our OCZ 3700 Platinum does not like using dividers, for our overclocking, we used Corsair’s 3500LL 2GB kit.  Timings for our overclocking were set to 2.5-3-3-8.  on the WinFast board, we used a 3x setting for the HTT.  There is no chipset voltage control on the WinFast.  Maxv core was 1.5v for all boards.  For the ABIT AN8 32X we used a 3x multiplier for HTT, NB-SB and SB-NB settings.  There is no control over the chipset or LDT voltage on the ABIT.  The DFI motherboard LDT/HTT was set to x3, the LDT voltage set to 1.3V and the chipset voltage set to 1.6V.  All boards ran the ram at 2.8 vdimm.  The video card was left at default timings as well for all tests.  For this review, stability was determined by running our battery of tests 3 times, plus being able to complete 3 passes of memtest86 and the ability to complete a SuperPi 32mb test run.

Lets look at the benchmarks!

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