AMD Athlon 64 Socket 754 Motherboard Roundup

Motherboards/AMD S754 by richbastard @ 2004-12-13

While the s754 platform might seem to lose its appeal with cheap s939 based A64 processors around the corner, the s754 platform is still good for a budget friendly overclocking thrill with just a minor performance loss compared to the newer s939 platform. The recent release of the some excellent OC boards have spiced up the s754 world, making the choice between going for s754 board now or to waiting for a good s939 setup even harder.

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Specs Overview & Test Setup

Motherboard specs overview:

ABIT K8V-Pro
ASUS K8N-E Deluxe
DFI UT NF3 250GB
MSI K8N Platinum
CPU A64 s754 Sempron A64 s754 Sempron A64 s754 Sempron A64 s754 Sempron
RAM slots 2* DDR400 3* DDR400 3* DDR400 3* DDR400
RAM Capacity 2GB 3GB DDR400 2GB DDR400 or 3GB DDR333 2GB DDR400 or 3GB DDR333
Chipset NB/SB VIA K8T800 Pro / VT8237 chipset Nvidia NF3 250GB Nvidia NF3 250GB Nvidia NF3 250GB
Chipset HTT 5x (1000Mhz) 4x (800Mhz) 4x (800Mhz) or 5x (OC) 4x (800Mhz)
S-ATA (native/addon) 2/0 2/4 4/0 4/0
P-ATA (native/addon) 2/0 2/0 2/0 2/0
LAN (controller/interface) 10/100/1000Mbit VT6122/PCI 10/100/1000Mbit NF3 250Gb/onchip 10/100/1000Mbit NF3 250Gb/onchip 10/100/1000Mbit NF3 250Gb/onchip
Audio (channels) AC 97 (6ch) ALC850 (8ch) ALC850 (8ch) ALC850 (8ch)
PCI-X 16x/1x 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0
AGP 8x/4x 8x/4x 8x/4x 8x/4x
USB (external/internal) 4/4 4/4 4/4 4/4
FireWire (external/internal) 0/0 1/1 1/1 1/2
HW fan controllerexcellentvery goodgoodgood



Test setup:

RichBastard's A64 Test Setup
CPU AMD Athlon 64 3000+ S754
RAM 1*Corsair XMS PC4400 512Mb (CL2.5 4-4-7)
Cooling Thermalright XP-120
Video Card ATI Radeon 9700 Pro (Soft-Modded R9500NP)
Hard Drive Seagate Cuda V 80GB



Prior to the benchmarks, the operating system, drivers and applications where installed from scratch with:
  • Windows XP Professional SP2
  • Unified NVIDIA platform drivers
  • ATI Catalyst 4.8 drivers


    Benchmark used:
  • Sisoft Sandra 2003
  • Hexus Pifast (ver 42)
  • 3DMark 2001
  • 3DMark03
  • PCMark 2004
  • HDTach
  • DOOM 3

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