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  Iwill DVD266-R Motherboard Review 
  May 24, 2001, 09:00am EDT 
 

Test Results


By: Dan Mepham

Stability from the DVD266-R was well above average. During the 72-hour period, we did not experience a single operating system crash, Windows 2000 Professional, in this case.

ApplicationNumber of Crashes Caused
Distributed.net RC50
SETI@home Client V30
MadOnion 3DMark20001
WinAmp MP3 Playback0
Intel IOMeter0
Operating System (requiring Hard-boot)0

The single mishap occurred when MadOnion’s 3DMark2000 dropped out of the benchmark loop, and exited. The crash occurred while loading one of the program’s tests, and while the disk subsystem was under heavy load from the IOMeter test as well, and so we speculate there was an error in loading the test, causing the application to quit. In any event, this appeared to be a single isolated incident.

 STREAM Memory BandwidthQuake 3 Arena (640x480x16)
Iwill DVD266-R (VIA Pro266), 133MHz / 266MHz (FSB/Mem)556 MB/s170.4 (no SMP)
183.8 (w. SMP)
Chaintech 6VJD (VIA Pro266), 133MHz / 266MHz (FSB/Mem)504 MB/s167.5
Intel D815EEA (Intel 815E), 133MHz / 133MHz (FSB/Mem)364 MB/s162.5

The DVD266-R performed quite admirably as well. We’ve shown two numbers for the Quake 3 benchmark, one with SMP enabled, and one without. While the performance increase in that specific application is minimal, we’d like to remind our readers that it will vary over a range of applications. Further, you don’t need to use SMP applications to take advantage of multiple processors. Even users who multitask somewhat aggressively will appreciate the power of an SMP setup.



1. Introduction
2. Specs, Box Contents & Installation
3. The Pro266 Chipset
4. Layout & Features
5. Layout & Features Continued
6. Overclocking
7. Technical Support
8. Test Setup & Procedure
9. Test Results
10. Conclusions

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Iwill DVD266-R
Performance: 10/10
Stability: 9/10
Quality: 10/10
Features: 8/10
Layout: 6/10
Documentation: 6/10
Price: 8/10
Overall Rating: 9/10
 

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