USB Compatibility

  • Number of Universal Serial Bus Root Ports: 2

  • USB IRQ Enable/Disable in BIOS: Yes

  • USB Keyboard Support in BIOS: Yes

 


BIOS Settings

Iwill XA100Plus Chipset Features Setup

Item Settings
  Recommended Safe
USB Function: Disabled Disabled
USB Legacy Support: Disabled Disabled
DRAM Timing: Auto Auto
Gated Clock: Enabled Disabled
Graphics Aperture Size: 64MB 8MB
Primary Frame Buffer: Enabled Disabled
VGA Frame Buffer: Enabled Disabled
Data Merge: Disabled Disabled
Passive Release: Enabled Disabled
ISA Line Buffer: Disabled Disabled
Delayed Transaction: Enabled Disabled
AT Bus Clock: Enabled Disabled

 


Recommended SDRAM

Recommended SDRAM: Mushkin SEC -GH PC100 SDRAM; Memory Man SEC -GH PC100 SDRAM
SDRAM Tested: 1 x 64MB Mushkin PC100 SDRAM; 1 x 64MB Memory-Man PC100 SDRAM

Manufacturer: The Memory Man
Purchase Web-Site: http://www.memory-man.com

Manufacturer: Mushkin
Purchase Web-Site: http://www.mushkin.com

 


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.

How I Tested

  • Each benchmark was run a minimum of 2 times and a maximum of 5 times, if the motherboard failed to complete a single test within the 5 allocated test runs the OS/Software was re-installed on a freshly formatted Hard Drive and the BIOS settings were adjusted to prevent the test from failing again.  All such encounters were noted at the exact time of their occurrence.

  • Business Winstone 98 & 3D Winbench 98 was run at each individually tested clock speed, if reliable scores were achieved with the first two test runs of the suite an average of the two was taken and recorded as the final score at that clock speed.  If the test system displayed erratic behavior while the tests were running or the results were incredibly low/high the tests were re-run up to 5 times and an average of all the test runs was taken and recorded at the final score at that clock speed

  • All video tests were conducted using an AGP video accelerator

  • No foreign drivers were present in the test system other than those required for the system to function to the best of its ability

  • All foreign installation files were moved to a separate partition during the test as to prevent them from effecting the test results

  • All tests were conducted at 1024 x 768 x 16-bit color

  • 3D Winbench 98 tests were double buffered and conducted at 800 x 600 x 16-bit color

Test Configuration

Processor(s): AMD K6-2 350 AFR
Intel Pentium MMX 233
RAM: 1 - 64MB Mushkin PC100 SDRAM DIMM
1 - 64MB Memory Man PC100 SDRAM DIMM
Hard Drive(s): Western Digital Caviar AC35100 - UltraATA
Video Card(s): Matrox Millennium II AGP
Bus Master Drivers: Microsoft Win98 DMA Drivers
Operation System(s): Windows 98

 

Ziff Davis Winstone - Windows 98 Performance

Business Winstone 98
AMD K6-2 300 - 100 x 3.0 22.4
AMD K6-2 350 - 100 x 3.5 23.4
AMD K6-2 385 - 110 x 3.5 @ 2.4v core 24.6
AMD K6-2 345 - 115 x 3.0 24.4
AMD K6-2 360 - 120 x 3.0 @ 2.3v core 24.9
Intel Pentium MMX 233 - 66 x 3.5 17.8

 


The Final Decision

With the outstanding improvements Iwill made to the overall quality of the XA100 model, the recommendation for the board sticks with the same statement AnandTech made the first time around: When it comes down to the Final Decision, should you pass up this board from Iwill?  I wouldn't.

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