Elitegroup Computer Systems is pretty much the only motherboard manufacturer that can deliver a board based on the 735 chipset from Silicon Integrated Systems in volume. We have taken the very low-cost motherboard based on this chipset under the microscope, to use this version came without , another version with network support is available for 10-20DM charge.
SiS is in addition to AMD, VIA, ALi and ATI to the manufacturers of AMD Athlon and Duron-compatible chipsets, SiS is distinguished by highly integrated and very cost-effective production of its chipsets, the SiS735 is predestined to come to a cost-effective motherboard used. The specificity of the SiS735 is the integration of traditional chipset North Bridge and South Bridge on a chip, the communication between the North and South Bridge is caused by the spatial proximity, so rather than exceptional 1.2 GB / sec.
Despite a low price and great features of the chipset on relatively few motherboards can be found, ECS can provide only motherboards with this chipset in volume, the reasons for the lack of acceptance by the motherboard manufacturer can speculate. Some motherboard manufacturers see no place for another motherboard solution for AMD CPUs in its portfolio, other reasons for their abstinence with alleged compatibility problems of the chipset.
The K7S5A had to go through all the benchmarks several times over several hours, the ECS mainboard proved very stable and it was never open to attack, all - sometimes lasting several hours - tests were run without crashing, freezing or blue screens. The activation of fast writes and sidebanding made the motherboard in conjunction with the nVidia Geforce2 MX400 graphics card, no problems, all benchmarks were stable.
Also, the ECS K7S5A, we investigated on cheating regarding the timing of the Front Side Bus, many motherboard manufacturers have made it their bad habit, the FSB (Front Side Bus) operate on the minimum specifications in order to gain competitive advantage in benchmark charts to show top positions. The K7S5A then proved that it was moving within the specifications on the contrary, it ran at 132.77 MHz, slightly lower than the standard clock of 133.33 Mhz, WCPUID certified us, therefore, only one CPU clock speed of effectively 1327.68 MHz 1333.33 MHz instead of regular.
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