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For the sake of comparison, I offer the results of the EPoX EP-8HDA3+ mainboard based on the VIA K8T800 chipset. I ran each test at least thrice to avoid any benchmarking errors.

The EPoX EP-8HDA3+ system’s being always a little ahead is no wonder since it worked with the minimal possible timings (2-2-2-5). A more curious problem is why the CPU clocked as 250*8=2GHz is always a little slower than itself clocked as 200*10=2GHz. I would be satisfied with the results being equal, or the 250*8 combination being a little ahead, but the opposite is inexplicable! The difference is very small, of course, and fits in the measurement error range, but it is persistent and just cannot be a mere chance!

I found the answer when marked the CPU frequency. At “overclocking”, it was almost equal to 2000MHz:

When working in its regular mode, the mainboard increases the frequency slightly to achieve a small speed gain:


So, the mystery is solved, and it’s time to do some summarizing. Soltek has rolled out a truly excellent product. Without much effort, I transformed the Qbic EQ3801A barebone into a small-size, but powerful and full-function, quiet and exquisite-looking computer. You can underline any word in previous sentence, since each of these parameters matters. The only gripe I could express about the Qbic EQ3801A concerns overclocking. The manufacturer promised us overclocking opportunities, but, regrettably, it is impossible to make any use of them.

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