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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Performance @ OC Speeds

Overclocking with optimal settings :

First we want to find how these boards perform when pushed to the limit without sacrificing on memory speed (keeping memory run synchronous with the FSB), nor the HTT, keeping it at 4x the FSB.

CPU multiplier: 10x
HTT multiplier: 4x
Memory ratio: 1:1

Scaling of calculation power:

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While the Asus K8N-E is the king when running at factory settings, it's the first to fail when overclocked. It failed to run stable at a low 230fsb, while the DFI NF3 and Abit K8T800 Pro reached the processor limit (2.5Ghz) at 250mhz FSB flawlessly. Notice the Abit K8T800 Pro performs respectably well when overclocked.


Scaling of gaming power:

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As expected, the MSI K8N and Asus K8N-E do not leave much headroom for overclocking. While performing top notch at default settings, they quickly drop behind when overclocked. The DFI is the undisputed winner when pushed to the limit.


Overclocking with relax settings:

While running at relax settings might not produce the best results, it's sometimes necessary if your memory or processor can't keep up when running everything synchronous. To find our max FSB speed, we've lowered the CPU multiplier to 7x, allowing a theoretical 360Mhz FSB before reaching the 2.5Ghz barrier, and the memory:fsb ratio to 3:4, allowing a 366mhz FSB before reaching the memory limit (275mhz).

CPU multiplier: 7x
HTT multiplier: 3x
Memory ratio: 3:4

Scaling of calculation power:

Madshrimps (c)


While the MSI K8N manages to reach an excellent 300 MHz FSB stable, the DFI blows the competition away running fully stable at an astonishing 360Mhz FSB. Although both the memory as the processor reached their max at 360 MHz too, we didn't get it much further when lowering the memory or processor even lower.

The Abit K8V Pro didn't manage to impress us. The NF3 boards performed much better when lowering the stress on the memory ant Hyper Transport speed. A pity, as the Abit K8V showed some excellent results when overclocking at optimal settings.

Scaling of gaming power was left out unfortunately due to a lack of time.
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