Posted 31 July 2003 - 06:36 PM
it's nearly 1 month now since I first read a review of the Soltek NV400-64 motherboard based on the nForce2 400 on this page: http://www.amdmb.com/article-display.php?ArticleID=244
Well, I expected this to cause a "major uproar" cause this sweet lil board manages to outperform the ASUS A7N8X V2.0 based on the 400 Ultra chipset in almost every benchmark. Even Sandra's memory bench was in favor of the Soltek board. Remember the nForce2 400 uses a single channel memory controller only. But unfortunately this article seems to have fallen into oblivion, so I wanted to remind you of this. Why is there so little reviews out there of other motherboards based on the 400 "nu" (non Ultra)? I think there quite some boards on the market but reviews like this one are rare. I'd be very interested in boards from other manufacturers, cause Soltek is neither available in Germany nor did I ever consider buying this brand. It'd be cool to have some ASUS or EPoX mobo based on the 400nu northbridge combined with the MCP-T and some other nice features. If the performance of other boards is equally good maybe NV should rename this northbridge "nForce2 400 Uber Ultra" or something like that, hehe. I just don't understand why it's so much faster than VIA's or SiS' single channel solutions, not talking bout the embarrassment for NV itself and it's dual channel controller.
ANYWAY: I want some more reviews and I want it NOW!!!!
Posted 31 July 2003 - 08:52 PM
Posted 31 July 2003 - 10:16 PM
it works damn good here ... OK the IDE driver might be buggy but there is no REAL reason why this is necessary to use them ...
and don't look at the ASUS Board ... the Abit is the fastest NF2 board out there ...
I can recommend it ... 100% stable ... easy to use and fast
Posted 29 August 2003 - 02:49 PM
I like this board a lot. The default performance wasn't anything wildly special (according to SiSoft Sandra, the results were in-line with reference nForce2 w/PC2700 CL2 DDR (I have 2x 256MB Crucial PC2700 CL2.5 DDR).
So, to make a long story short, after fooling with the BIOS for a while I am now running my ancient Palamino 1600+ at 1578Mhz (150/150). Stable (via Hot CPU Tester overnight). My K7S5A wouldn't unlock or overclock like this I didn't ever expect that Palamino to overclock like that either...at default voltages with a $7 Speeze cooler.
So, for the price of this budget nForce2 400 board I got a 'free' 1900+ thrown in the bargain. I'm gonna aim for 166Mhz (the memorys native speed), and reduce the multipler if I have to.
What I had is the bottom SiSoft items (1600+, K7S5A w/PC2100).
I was thinking of doing a review of this board, since there is such a dearth of A7N8X-X reviews (and nForce2 400 reviews in general). If I do so, I'll post here.
One satisfied customer,