The Test

In recent times, choosing a motherboard cannot be completely determined by a Winstone score. Now, many boards come within one Winstone point of each other and therefore the need to benchmark boards against each other falls. Therefore you shouldn't base your decision entirely on the benchmarks you see here, but also on the technical features and advantages of this particular board, seeing as that will probably make the greatest difference in your overall experience.

Test Configuration

Processor(s): AMD K6-233 ANR & Intel Pentium MMX - 233 & Cyrix 6x86MX PR2/200
BIOS Revision: 2.0 Std BIOS
RAM: 2 - 32MB Micron 50ns EDO SIMMs
Hard Drive(s): Western Digital Caviar AC21600H
Video Card: Matrox Millennium (2MB WRAM)
Busmaster EIDE Drivers: Intel v3.01
Video Card Drivers: MGA Millennium
OS: Windows 95 Service Release 2


CPU Business Winstone Business Graphics Winmark
AMD K6-200 54.0 101
AMD K6-208 56.9 107
AMD K6-225 55.6 106
AMD K6-233 56.9 113
Cyrix 6x86MX-PR2/166 (150/75) 53.9 106
Cyrix 6x86MX-PR2/200 (166/66) 54.8 100
Intel Pentium MMX 200 51.1 100
Intel Pentium MMX 208 53.5 110
Intel Pentium MMX 225 53.4 107
Intel Pentium MMX 233 53.0 110
Intel Pentium MMX 250 56.6 120
Intel Pentium MMX 262.5 55.5 112
Intel Pentium MMX 290.5 58.7 130

Making its way up to 290.5MHz with the Pentium MMX, the ABIT IT5H 2.0 produces some very competitive Business Winstone97 scores, as well as some amazing Business Graphics Winmark scores...amazing for a motherboard that was originally designed before the introduction of Intel's TX chipset.


The Final Decision

If you want all the features of the HX chipset (especially the 512MB cacheable memory limit), coupled with the blockbuster performance of the now discontinued chipset, and can manage to get your hands on one of the very few IT5H 2.0's out in the market by all means do so now! When everyone else is playing with their Pentium II systems you can proudly say that you have one of the limited few special edition Revision 2.0 ABIT IT5H motherboards =) Get em while they're hot...


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