Bij Ars Technica hebben ze een grote Athlon moederborden round-up online gezet. Meegenomen in de test zijn de FIC SD-11, de Gigabyte GA-71X, de BCMGVC QS750 en de Microstar MS-6167. Ter vergelijking hebben ze bij het benchmarken de scores van een Pentium 3 op een Abit BH6 mobo erbij gezet, die er flink van langs krijgt . Anyway, check de hele round-up hier.
All around you really can't go wrong with an Athlon CPU in your machine regardless of what motherboard it sits on. But you probably already knew that. The purpose of this review was to cover some of the hottest Athlon mobos out there so you can get a head-start in deciding what to host that little hottie on.
I think it's clear that of all the boards currently on the market the FIC board wins hands down. Personally, after using all the boards I think that the FIC was the most stable, reliable, and just well..."felt" faster. Call me nuts, but I'd have to say that's the case. Now I know some of you out there have gotten a FIC board and your experience wasn't all peaches n' cream like mine, and the word on the street is that FIC may have sent some bad boards to market. But I can tell you, when you get a good one... it's a good experience. Another benefit of the FIC board is that it comes in at $10-15 less than the Microstar or Gigabyte boards.
The Microstar and Gigabyte boards would tie for second, and the BCM board comes in last due to the ancient expansion slot configuration.
ASUS has an Athlon motherboard known as the K7M, but from the rumors I've heard, ASUS won't be selling these boards under their own name. Rather, concerns over their relationship with Intel has supposedly led them to market the 'board under the "Freeway" brand name. Either way, the K7M supposedly features smaller FSB increments than the boards we've tested here.