Cyrix had proved to the hardware community that they can produce a high performing and competitive processor, at a low cost. But which motherboard truly does this processor justice? You can already bet that it isn't a motherboard based on an Intel chipset. However how well do Intel TX based motherboards support the Cyrix 6x86MX? Keep on reading to find out...

Windows 95 Performance - Business Winstone 97 - Cyrix 6x86MX PR2/200+ (75MHz x 2.0)

Motherboard

Business Winstone 97

ABIT AX5 2.2

54.0

ABIT IT5H 1.5

Not Run

ABIT IT5H 2.0

53.9

ABIT PD5N

53.7

ABIT PX5

53.4

ABIT TX5

54.5

ABIT TX5N

54.7

AOpen AP58

54.5

AOpen AX5T-2

Not Run

AOpen AX5T-3.1

54.4

ASUS TXP4-X

53.0

Chaintech 5SDA

54.3

Chaintech 5SIM

53.6

Chaintech 5TTL

54.2

Chaintech 5TTM

Not Run

Chaintech 5TTM1

54.2

Chaintech 5TDM2

54.1

DFI P5XV3

55.8

DFI P5XV3 (AGP)

56.2

EPoX P55-VP3

53.4

FIC PA-2007

54.9

FIC PA-2010+

47.5

FIC PA-2011

54.3

FIC PA-2012

55.2

FIC PA-2012 (AGP)

55.4

FIC PT-2007

55.5

Megatrends HX83

Not Run

MTech MIG R539

Not Run

MTech MIG R540

51.2

MTech MIG R541

51.4

MTech Mustang R534F

56.0

QDI Titanium 1B

54.1

Shuttle HOT-565

55.2

Shuttle HOT-567

53.6

Shuttle HOT-569

54.6

Shuttle HOT-571

54.1

Shuttle HOT-603

54.7

Supermicro P5MMA

Not Run

Supermicro P5MMS98

54.0

Tyan Titan Turbo S1573S

Failed

After reigning at the top of this comparison for the past 5 months, the MTech Mustang R534F has finally been dethroned as the fastest Cyrix 6x86MX Performer.  By a point differential of 0.2 Winstone points (hardly noticeable to a normal user), the DFI P5XV3, when using an AGP Video card, beats the MTech Mustang R534F coming in at 1st place with the 6x86MX at 150MHz (PR2/200+).  The third place winner is also the DFI P5XV3, however the score of 55.8 was obtained using a PCI Matrox Millennium vs. the AGP Millennium II used in the AGP tests of the P5XV3.   Amazingly enough, the Intel TX based FIC PT-2007 comes in fourth place with an astounding 55.5 Business Winstone 97 score...not bad at all considering the motherboard uses a chipset not designed specifically for use with the Cyrix 6x86MX. 

Closely following the miniscule lead of the PT-2007 is the VIA VP3 based FIC PA-2012 using an AGP Video card for the video subsystem, giving it the performance boost necessary to make the jump from its 7th place home to its 5th place resting area.  Separating the two PA-2012 scores is another TX based motherboard, the Shuttle HOT-565 which still seems to be an excellent performer, in spite of the age of the motherboard. 

In eighth place we see the VP2 based FIC PA-2007, a motherboard which was surrounded by hype upon its release a few months back...however that hype was mostly unjustified since it was about the "immense" cacheable memory area of the PA-2007, which in reality turned out to be a maximum of 128MB due to the lack of a secondary tag RAM on the motherboard itself. 

Holding its place in the top 10 is the SiS 5582 based AOpen AP58, this low cost motherboard is definitely not an old granny when it comes to the Cyrix 6x86MX...the AP58 beat the entire ABIT line of motherboards, along with some other non-Intel chipset based motherboard in this test...looks like the SiS 5582 chipset isn't as bad as people once imagined it would be. 

Cyrix Performance (cont)

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