eVGA e-GeForce2 Ultra
CPU Comparison - Intel P3 vs.
Gen-X Tech AXIA Athlon
Martini - May 14, 2001
Here's the obligatory shot of the CPU:
Nice isn't it. It was covered by thermal paste that matched the
residue of thermal paste on my cooler, clearly demonstrating that the cooler and
CPU were tested in unison on the board. I opted to place Artic Silver II between
the CPU and Alpha heatsink for improved heat dissipation.
This shot shows just how much space the layout of A7V133
provides, so that overclockers can install just about and heatsink without
worrying about space constraints, as well as the KT133a active cooler:
The onboard Promise IDE RAID ATA/100 controller:
And the fabled 686b southbridge chipset that was the source of
data transfer errors on VIA motherboards until an official patch from VIA was
Once everything was mounted and attached, I pushed the Power
button and watched the machine just sit there. Whoops, I forgot to plug in
the power cable. Let's give it another shot ;) The machine roared to life and I
quickly heard the deafening howl of the 7000 rpm Delta fan. Posts, great!
1530MHz even better! I booted into the bios, and noticed that the board arrived
with the 11.5 multiplier and at 133MHz fsb speed which were the settings that
had tested them. I then proceeded to watched the CPU temp escalate to
50C and level off. Boy this thing ran hot! Neil's 1466MHz Athlon runs just as
hot, so I guess that I'm lucky to be able to squeeze 64 more MHz while still
being at the same temp.
1530MHz is all fine and dandy, but I could not stop there. I really wanted to see just what this CPU could push. I skipped
the slow methodical process of upping the fsb MHz by MHz. Instead, I just booted into the bios,
switched the multiplier to 12 and restarted the system.
Post at 1598Mhz... Windows... Loading done... Yaaa!!! Move the
mouse, and up pops a Blue Screen of Death... dang. Feeling frisky I spent a good
half-hour upping the CPU voltage and even removing the jumper-free mode (which
allows simple overclocking within the bios similar to Abit's Softmenu bios) to set the multipliers manually, all
with no success to reach the 1600MHz speed.
I then proceeded to set the motherboard up into jumper-free mode
once again and raised the fsb speeds to reach a max stable speed of 139MHz, for
a CPU speed of 1575MHz.
On to the barrage of tests:
Next Page: Direct 3D
Note: My Asus A7V133 seem to have a little bug reporting CPU
speeds passed 1466 on the 133Mhz front side bus speed at post as it read the
1530Mhz setting (11.5x133) as 1466MHz. Once a non-standard fsb speed is used
(such as 134Mhz for example) the correct speed was displayed on boot-up.