Hot Stuff In A Cool Package!
A-trend's " Insistence on Perfection " most certainly came into play in the design of their ATC-7110 AT mainboard. Featuring about the meatiest onboard 2D/3D graphics you'll hope to find on an AT upgrade board, this all-in-one system board is based on Intel's LX chipset and offers superb support for all of the PPGA370 Celerons currently available.
The ATC-7110 ships with an excellent user's manual, driver's CD and all of the back panel connectors you'll need for setting up your serial and parallel ports, sound and gameports, and VGA connector. You'll also find the requisite IDE and floppy cable in the box. The driver's CD offers the drivers for both the onboard sound and VGA as well as patches and IDE drivers should you be so inclined.
The ATC-7110 is packed with all the goodies you could hope for in an upgrade board. The onboard graphics are supplied by the Intel i740 graphics controller and 4MB of fast SGRAM. With about the best benchmark scores in 3D applications available in an AT all-in-one upgrade board, the graphics system offers great support for multimedia applications, MPEG-2, S/W and VBI. Onboard Audio is provided by Forte Media's FM0801+ AC97 3D PCI sound chip and provides enjoyably acceptable 3D audio performance. Based on Intel's LX chipset the board maxes out the frontside bus frequency at 83MHz but since all of today's PPGA370 (300MHz - 466MHz) Celerons use the 66MHz FSB you have some room to play if you feel like venturing in to overclocking. CPU core voltage is handled automatically and the clock speed and multiplier are set through the BIOS set up program so you needn't worry about configuring jumpers. The 7110 offers good expansion capabilities with 3 x 32-bit PCI slots and 2 x 16-bit ISA slots and the 3 DIMM slots can support up to 256MB of SDRAM or 512MB of EDO system memory. Dual Master IDE connectors support Ultra DMA/33, up to four devices in two channels for connecting of high capacity hard drive, CD-ROM, tape backup etc. The board comes equipped with the Winbond's 83977 high-speed Ultra Multi-I/O chipset and supports an Infrared transfer (IrDA TX/RX) connector, one FDC port (supports two devices up to 2.88MB), two 16550A fast UARTs compatible serial ports, and one EPP/ECP mode parallel printer port. A USB header is available but you'll have to order an optional connector to make use of it and there is also an optional hardware monitor chip available for those who like to keep a close eye on things. Additional features include Software Power Off Control, AT and ATX power connectors, SBLink, Wake-On-LAN and keyboard and PS/2 mouse power on function.
Very little to discuss here as the board practically sets itself up. Pop in your CPU and memory, connect your HDD, CD-ROM and floppy, hook up the front and back panel I/O and you're ready to go. The board offers ample room to get your fingers in to work and the layout, though a bit different than the usual AT board, is easy to navigate and configure.
|Test Configuration for A-trend ATC-7110|
|Chipset||Intel LX AGPset|
|L2 Cache||128kb on-chip|
|Processor(s)|| Intel PPGA370
Intel PPGA370 Celeron 400MHz
|Memory|| 1x64MB PC100
Corsair CM 654S64-BX2
|Hard Drive|| Quantum
6.4G Ultra ATA/33
|Graphics Adapter|| On Board Intel
w/4MB Fast SGRAM Onboard
|Operating System||Windows 98|
The ATC-7110 offers a great balance between features and pure performance. The onboard graphics controller offer excellent performance for an all-in-one, as you can see in the scores rendered against Futuremark's 3D Mark 99 MAX 3D graphics benchmark application. And, as to business applications, the board offers good stable operation and scores that range in the top 10% of all PPGA370 Celeron boards. All benchmarks shown are averaged over 3 runs of each test.
As with all LX-based system boards, the ATC-7110 offers 75 and 83MHz settings of the external CPU frequency. The board stuttered a bit at 83MHz, but ran smooth as glass at 75MHz. The system was completely stable at the default 66MHz setting, running without a single hiccup for five days straight. Our stability stress test, a simple batch file that runs Winstone 99 over and over, generated no errors is 7 hours of continuous use at 66MHz and 5 hours at 75MHz.
You'll want to take note of some system stress on the CPU when using applications that utilize DirectSound 3D. Apart from that the ATC-7110 has a whole lot to recommend it.
|Even with the 4MB graphics memory limitation, the system scored perfectly acceptable marks in 3D Mark 99 MAX outdistancing by far the SiS6324 and ATI Rage Pro based boards even with double the amount of graphics memory. The images produced are clear and crisp with very little sign of the jaggies. While the LX chipset doesn't offer the widest option for future processor upgrades, the money you'll save on sound and graphics cards is a definite plus.|
The ATC-7110 would make a great starter system or business workstation and even offers the kind of multimedia performance that is sure to fire the interest and imagination of those new to the world of computers.