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 the need to benchmark boards against each other decreases. 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. 

Check out the Socket-7 Motherboard Comparison Guide for a Full Comparison of ALL Socket-7 Motherboards reviewed on this site. 

Test Configuration

 

Processor(s): AMD K6/233 ANR & Intel Pentium MMX 233 & Cyrix 6x86MX-PR2/200
RAM: 2 - 32MB Advanced Megatrends SDRAM DIMMs
2 - 32MB Corsair SDRAM DIMMs
Hard Drive(s): Western Digital Caviar AC21600H
Video Card: Matrox Millennium (2MB WRAM)
Busmaster EIDE Drivers: Intel v3.01
Video Card Drivers: MGA Millennium 4.03.00.3410
OS: Windows 95 Service Release 2

 

Windows 95 Performance of the AOpen AX5T-3.1
CPU Business Winstone 97 Business Graphics Winmark 97
AMD K6-PR2/200 53.1 100
AMD K6-PR2/208 56.4 111
AMD K6-PR2/225 56.7 112
AMD K6-PR2/233 55.1 109
AMD K6-PR2/250 58.9 122
Cyrix 6x86MX-PR2/200 (150/75) 54.4 103
Cyrix 6x86MX-PR2/200 (166/66) 56.0 109
Intel Pentium MMX - 200 50.7 101
Intel Pentium MMX - 208 54.2 110
Intel Pentium MMX - 225 54.3 112
Intel Pentium MMX - 233 53.5 108
Intel Pentium MMX - 250 57.6 125
Intel Pentium MMX - 262.5 56.3 121
Intel Pentium MMX - 290.5 59.6 134

The AOpen AX5T-3.1 is an extremely stable motherboard, which boasts performance as well as a great feature set in addition to that.   The Pentium MMX - 233 at 290.5 posted the absolute highest scores for a Pentium MMX ever seen on Anand's Hardware Tech Page.

 


The Final Decision

The AOpen AX5T-3.1's stability, feature set, and performance put it on par with ABIT's Award Winning AX5 as well as Shuttle's Award Winning HOT-569.  The stability of the AX5T-3.1 specifically is unmatched by any of its competition, if stability is your major concern give the AX5T-3.1 a try...it'll be worth it, well worth it!

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