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Old 10-07-02, 02:43 PM   #1
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Default Anyone benchmark KT266, KT266A, KT333 and KT400?

Hi all. I am lloking for a benchmark or maybe opinions on what would be the best upgrade for me? Currently I have the original KT266 (not KT266A) chipset mobo and an XP2000+, and 512 MB DDR. My problem is that all the benchmarks I run always give me great CPU and videocard scores, but my memory scores are usually very low compared to other people with similar specs. I am running my memory at cas2 btw.

Before everyone chimes in with "benchmarks don't mean a thing", I do think my gaming performance suffers. UT2003 for instance seems to be running great on other people's PC, but not mine.

I was wondering if I will get any performance boost from getting a KT333 or even an nForce2 mobo - while still keeping my 512 of PC2100 DDR?
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Old 10-08-02, 06:18 AM   #2
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this isn't quite what you're lookign for, but it might interest you:

http://www.sudhian.com/docs.cfm/id/250.sud

and yes I do think an Nforce2 chipset would do wonders for you. KT266 not only benchs poorly on memory, but has a few other bugs including difficulty overclocking the FSB
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Old 10-08-02, 10:20 AM   #3
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I have had a KT266a motherboard myself and the benchmarks I did on it were definitely an improvement over the KT266. The board I had was the ASUS brand by the way. I upped myself to the A7V333 board however, and noticed quite an improvement on my benchmarks (memory and the like). Although the A7V333 isn't very good for overclocking the FSB from what I could tell. It's been all around stable for me even running my memory using the highest BIOS settings. I haven't had a chance to play around with the Nforce2 or Nforce series of chipsets, so I can't give any feedback on that other than from what I've seen on the NET, the Nforce2 seems to fair very well against the KT333 chipset, plus improves above the KT266a chipset. Good luck finding what fits best for you
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Old 10-08-02, 12:13 PM   #4
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Well, it looks like I could gain some performance with upgrading from the KT266. I knew it had something to do with the mobo! I was upgrading like crazy, and performance still stayed the same. It should be a relatively cheap ($80) upgrade.

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Well, it looks like I could gain some performance with upgrading from the KT266. I knew it had something to do with the mobo! I was upgrading like crazy, and performance still stayed the same. It should be a relatively cheap ($80) upgrade.

Thanks for the help guys.
KT266A, KT333, and KT400 should all offer improved performance over your KT266 with your PC2100 DDRRAM. however, it should be noted that the KT266A, KT333, and KT400 will probably all perform the same with the RAM you have now(within a single digit percentage difference), so you should snag a KT266A, or whatever happens to be cheaper.
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Old 10-09-02, 12:38 AM   #6
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Default I got my new mobo

Well, I picked up a $70 MSI KT266A chipset motherboard:

Old score with KT266 and processor & G4 4200 slightly o/c:

PC Mark
CPU 4793
Mem 2503
HDD 672

3DMark2001
9338

*New score with KT266A, everything at default speed*

PCMark
CPU 4913
Mem 3292
HDD 773

3DMark2001
9829

I can't wait to start o/c'ing!!!

New 3DMark compare: http://service.madonion.com/compare?2k1=4724059
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I moved myself from a KT7A or kt 133 SDram chipset and pc133 ram to a kt400, MSI-4 ultra-BSR and 512MB of PC2700 memory and well....it's been fantastic as an upgrade but to your question, I also have a Asus A7V333R motherboard with PC2100 ram that I am making for someone and on Sisoft sandra 2002 SP1, the asus setup with a kt-333 chipset and slower ddr ram modules give faster/better benchmarks (1890mb/s)than the kt-400 with pc2700 DDR ram(1830mb/s), both cas 2.5 i think. Still you would expect the fast ram modules to win but i guess the bios in this MSI-kt4-ultra motherbaord hasn't been optimised etc or something? The KT400 setup has a 2100+ XP and the KT-333 has a 1900+

Guess if you were to sum it up, I'd guess only if u want a soon to be 8X AGP cards you could go with the KT-400 than the kt-333 chipsets, well provided you can wait you could very well opt for the nforce2!

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Oh crap I didn't see teh last post! silly me..well enjoy your new setup
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