Well, a P-III with double speed memory looks like a good idea, doesn’t it? In software mode, everything you see on the screen is put there by the CPU, flogging away at main memory and using the graphics card as nothing but a dumb frame buffer. It’s pretty much exactly as useless as ACR, from the retail buyer’s point of view. Looking at it with the back-panel connectors facing away from you, the RAM slots are off to the right of the CPU, with a strange empty expanse to their right. I’ll give you all a moment to get your excitement under control, and change your pants. Including the RAM slots. No harm done; the board hasn’t ended up huge, and the RAM slot placement means the memory retaining clips are sure not to foul on the video card.

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But the quality of your RAM matters a lot less. The gist of it is that Pro boards seem likely to beat boards p6isq-ii a little bit, overall. That’s got to be good, right? In real world tasks, though, the FSB bottleneck chokes the system performance down again, and the speed advantage of the tweaked-up machines barely shows above the noise floor.

Socket motherboard comparison: Asus CUV versus ECS P6IPA

By almost eight per cent. If you want to run your CPU faster than stock, both of these boards can do it, but the Asus is better.

But the test results are far from uncoloured by the rest of the system, unlike those from pure CPU benchmarks. But hey, it doesn’t hurt.

ECS P6ISA-II – motherboard – ATX – Socket 370 – i815E

Oh, and in case you’re wondering, the thing that looks like a sixth PCI slot at the end of the board, but is out of step with the others and the wrong way around, is actually an Audio Communication Riser ACR slot, which is one of those things that only computer assembly companies need worry about. If you want a Pro board – and there’s nothing wrong with them at all – get one without an alarmingly expensive RAM module in the box, then hit crucial.


Overclocking If you want to run your CPU faster than stock, both of these boards can do it, but the Asus is better. But if you’ve got a liquid helium cooling system, go ahead and try.

But, for pretty much any task, if you didn’t measure the difference, you wouldn’t know it was there. Everything’s pretty much where someone who’s seen a lot of motherboards will expect it to be.

This all means two things.

You can change FSB and voltages using jumpers and DIP switches, as well, but you get access to more settings by using the default “jumperless” mode.

So I fired up Q2 in byno sound, and had at the industry standard Demo2, Massive1 and Crusher demos. It’s possible to use all of the slots, but don’t bet that you’ll be able to. Less than thirty-freakin’-five U.

It’s roughly as fast as a MHz Celeron – the slowest one commonly available nowadays – and it’s likely to lose by a significant margin to a cheaper MHz Duron. It’s not expensive to get your extra pair of ports happening, but this does take a bit of the gloss off the ECS board’s low price. Running any Socket processor from 3. Fast RAM can help noticeably for games, but most of the RAM-flogging that happens while you’re playing a 3D game is on your graphics card, not on the computer’s main memory.

Asus CUV266 versus ECS P6IPA

But it doesn’t matter what kind of memory the Pro boards use. Unfortunately, it’s one of those annoying boards that puts one retaining clip of the slot nearest the CPU slightly too close to the AGP slot, which can make it hard to do anything with that RAM slot without removing the video card. The performance numbers I got were exactly what I expected; the Asus board with its double-speed memory, compared with the ordinary PC Mb module on the ECS board, conclusively won for all three demos. Each of the Asus board’s memory slots can accept a one gigabyte DDR memory module.


But it comes with a piece of Avance Logic software which encourages users to commit crimes against music.

ECS P6ISA-II(V) Motherboard download instruction manual pdf

You can read the Tom’s Hardware piece here. You get one two-port back-panel plate and cable to match with the CUV, which gives you a total of four USB ports; buy another plate and cable they’re cheap standard items that any computer store can sell you and you’ve got six ports, without having to spend extra for a hub.

In the benchmarks where the total spread was more substantial, the difference between the fastest SDR score and the fastest DDR one was still small. You can crank the voltage all the way from 1. It’s pretty much exactly as useless as ACR, from the retail buyer’s point of view. Well, a P-III with double speed memory p6iwa-ii like a good idea, doesn’t it? If you’re not a 3D game enthusiast then the standard adapter is likely to be fine, and EP boards also come with a normal AGP slot so you can install your pi6sa-ii graphics card if you like.