by February 9, 2001 0 comments
Chipset: Intel 815
Price: Rs 7,950
Software: Norton AntiVirus

This board managed a very good score in the high-end
category, and thus gets the Runner-up position. It has a host of good features,
including five PCI and four USB ports (two of the USB ports are built-in and
there’s a connector for the other two). It has a detailed manual on the CD
along with the drivers and Norton AntiVirus software, and comes with a separate
quick start guide. The motherboard supports AGP 4x and UltraDMA 100, taking care
of future upgrades and additions. It also comes with a DVO (Digital Video Out)
slot. It does not have an AMR slot like most other boards we tested, but has a
built-in network card instead. It lost a few points in driver installation,
since it wasn’t automated.

Coming to performance, the board was average in the
entry-level category, but stood among the toppers in the high-end category. It
scored 64.5 out of 100 in entry-level, which was average. In high-end
performance, it managed a frame rate of 43 in Indy3D, which almost equaled that
of the winner ASUS CUSL2 (43.5). It also scored the highest in High-End
Winstone99, which measures high-end application performance.

A price of Rs 7,950 makes this one a good choice in the
high-end category, given its rich features and performance; but it’s not so
lucrative at the entry level. This was the only motherboard that came with a
three-year warranty.

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