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.

Test Configuration

Processor(s): Intel Pentium II - 300 (512K ECC)
RAM: 2 - 32MB Advanced Megatrends SDRAM DIMMs
2 - 32MB Corsair SDRAM DIMMs
Hard Drive(s): Western Digital Caviar AC21600H
Video Card: Matrox Millennium II (4MB 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 HOT-631
CPU Business Winstone 97 (PCI) Business Winstone 97 (AGP)
Intel Pentium II - 233 59.2 60.7

Intel Pentium II - 266

62.5

63.3

Intel Pentium II - 300

65.1

66.5

Intel Pentium II - 306

65.2

67.0

Intel Pentium II - 332

Failed

Failed

Intel Pentium II - 337.8

68.2

69.4

Intel Pentium II - 375

Failed

Failed

Except for its instability at the 83.3MHz bus speed setting, the HOT-631's performance is very competitive especially when put up against some of the bigger names in the industry.

Windows 95 Performance of the HOT-631
CPU CPUMark 32 FPUMark 98

Intel Pentium II - 300

820

1540

Intel Pentium II - 306

813

1550

Intel Pentium II - 337.8

910

1730

 


The Final Decision

If you are looking for an decent motherboard, which focuses its attention on stability, quality, performance, and expandability then take a look at the Shuttle HOT-631.  However if you're planning to overclock to 375 on this motherboard think again (not that it is a very smart idea to do on any motherboard except for the AOpen AX6L), kudos to Shuttle on a job well done.

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