by November 17, 2001 0 comments

This board has integrated audio and video

Price: Rs 4,999 (Rashi), Rs 4,450 (Zeta)
Features: Socket 370, VIA PLE133 chipset, four PCI and one AMR slot, onboard audio and graphics, 133 MHz FSB, UltraATA 100/66/33
Contacts: Zeta Technologies.
Tel: 022-4102288
Fax: 4102277.
A/2 Shreeji Niketan, 541/D, Dr Ambedkar Rd, Matunga, C Rly, Mumbai 400019.  
Rashi Peripherals.
Tel: 22-8260256-59
Fax: 8221012.
105, Unique House, Chakala Road, Andheri (E), Mumbai 400099. 

Being a Socket 370 motherboard, this board can take a Celeron or PIII processor. However, it’s more suitable for a Celeron, as it has integrated video and no AGP slot. Audio has also been integrated, and the board can take a maximum of 1 GB RAM in its two DIMM slots. It’s built on MicroATX form factor and has color-coded ports for standard VGA, parallel, audio, and game ports. It also has two PS/2, two serial (one is on back panel and another comes separately with a cable and connector), and four USB ports (two are on rear panel, and two are optional). For the optional ports, the board has an onboard header; but you’ll have to pay Rs 200 to get the two-port USB connector set.

We tested it on a Celeron 600 with 128 MB RAM, and Seagate Barracuda ATA3 20 GB hard disk. We first ran BW 2001 for productivity applications, where the board gave a score of 21.2, which is good for an entry-level board. Next we ran CCW 2001 for high-end applications. Here, it gave an average score of 20.7, which is understood considering it’s not meant for running high-end applications.

Given its price, features, and performance, the board is good for normal productivity applications.

Neelima Vaid

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