ASUS A7A266 mobo bad for Quadro 4...any recommendations for an alternate?

Become a member of the CGSociety

Connect, Share, and Learn with our Large Growing CG Art Community. It's Free!

Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
  04 April 2002
Unhappy ASUS A7A266 mobo bad for Quadro 4...any recommendations for an alternate?

Hello all,

I'm the owner of an Athlon 1.4 with an Asus A7A266 mobo machine running on Win2k. I recently aquired a Quadro 4 XGL 750 and after messing around with the drivers I realized the card wasn't performing as well as it should. Then I read this recent review at

I was dismayed when i read the following:

"One issue that delayed this article for several weeks was a strange performance-related problem under Windows. This turned out to be the fact that the NVIDIA driver falls back to PCI operation on motherboards with M1647 Ali Northbridge chipsets. This included the Asus A7A266-based test machine.

Without a working AGP implementation, benchmark scores can be as low as one quarter as its optimum result.

For serious users, please watch out for Ali Magik 1 M1647-based Northbridge motherboards such as the Asus A7A266. Although Windows may indicate that it is running in AGP mode, the NVIDIA drivers disable this feature due to instability problems. Likewise most motherboards based on VIA chipsets are throttled back to AGP 2x. These safety guards were done under the premise that itís better to have a slower but stable system, than a system that would quickly develop problems and crash. " :thumbsdow

This bites! Now i have to find a better setup. Can anyone recommend a more compatible motherboard for my system? I'd hate to have a "neutered" $1000 DCC card on my machine!! :(

Thanks for any recommendations.

  01 January 2006
Thread automatically closed

This thread has been automatically closed as it remained inactive for 12 months. If you wish to continue the discussion, please create a new thread in the appropriate forum.
CGTalk Policy/Legalities
Note that as CGTalk Members, you agree to the terms and conditions of using this website.
Thread Closed share thread

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Society of Digital Artists

Powered by vBulletin
Copyright ©2000 - 2006,
Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Minimize Ads
Forum Jump

All times are GMT. The time now is 09:24 PM.

Powered by vBulletin
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.