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Chaintech ZNF3-150 ZENITH Motherboard Review

Former staff writer    -   March 3, 2004


Benchmark: IDE/USB/Firewire

Benchmarking of the IDE/ATA controller was done with Simpli Software's HDTach (v2.70). - The Primary Slave location with a 40G Seagate 7200 RPM HDD was used for testing.





HDTach - Read
 
AMD 1800+
AMD 64 3000+
Maxmum
44.3
44.2
Minmum
26.0
22.8
Average
37.7
37.8
Higher is better. - Results are reported in MB/s.
HDTach - Write
 
AMD 1800+
AMD 64 3000+
Maxmum
20.4
22.6
Minmum
15.4
15.9
Average
18.8
19.1
Higher is better. - Results are reported in MB/s.
HDTach - Random Access Time
 
AMD 1800+
AMD 64 3000+
Random Access Time
14.8
14.5
Lower is better.- Results are in ms.
HDTach - Read Burst Speed
 
AMD 1800+
AMD 64 3000+
Read Burst Speed
70.7
72.7
Higher is better. - Results are reported in MB/s.

Benchmarking of the USB/IEEE 1394 (that'd be FireWire) ports were also done with Simpli Software's HDTach (v2.70). - For these test, a 80G Maxtor 7200 RPM IDE drive in an external USB2/IEEE 1394 case was used. The 1800+ system had no USB2 or IEEE 1394 ports, so testing was done only with the AMD64 system.

HDTach - Read
 
USB2
IEEE 1394
Maxmum
21.1
34.3
Minmum
17.6
19.3
Average
18.8
31.1
Higher is better. - Results are reported in MB/s.
HDTach - Write
 
USB2
IEEE 1394
Maxmum
15.7
23.5
Minmum
11.3
13.3
Average
13.1
16.8
Higher is better. - Results are reported in MB/s.
HDTach - Random Access Time
 
USB2
IEEE 1394
Random Access Time
18.6
18.1
Lower is better.- Results are in ms.
HDTach - Read Burst Speed
 
USB2
IEEE 1394
Read Burst Speed
24.7
39.2
Higher is better. - Results are reported in MB/s.

Unfortunately, at the time of this review, I do not own a SATA drive to properly test the SATA ports on this motherboard. I have since ordered a couple drives that should be here within the next week, and when they arrive, I will publish the results from the SATA testing.




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  13. Overclocking
  14. Software
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