by February 7, 2003 0 comments

This latest P4 board from Intel is for power and feature conscious users. It includes serial ATA connectors and also has an integrated serial ATA RAID controller that supports levels 0 and 1 (0-stripping and 1-mirroring). The board also features 3 FireWire and 6 USB 2.0 ports. The sound quality from the integrated Sound MAX Cadenza AC’97 codec is very good. 

The rear panel contains jacks for 5.1 surround sound speakers and SPDIF Digital and Optical out ports to connect directly to a DTS/Dolby Digital Receiver. The motherboard has 533/400 MHz FSB and takes in only DDR RAM (200/266/333 MHz) up to a maximum of 2 GB. Then there are the regular 5 PCI slots, a 4x AGP slot, one CNR and 10/100 Mbps LAN port.

We tested the board with a P4 3.06 GHz, 256 MB DDR-333 RAM, Samsung SP4002H HDD (7200 RPM) and a GeForce2 GTS display card (64 MB RAM) on Win XP. The results were 66.8 in BW 2001, 91.7 in CC Winstone 2001, both of which are good as expected, though slightly lower than the Intel D845GEBV2 board we tested earlier with a P4 2.8 GHz. In Quake III Arena we got 315.7 fps, which is more than the Intel D845GEBV2 (can be due to a faster processor also.

Snapshot

Price  Rs 8,400 (3 yr warranty)
Key
specs
: Serial ATA ports and RAID controller, 5.1 analog outputs, SPDIF out port
Contact : Nicom Systems, Delhi.
Tel : 26416090
E-mail : neeraj@nicom4u.com

The board is competitively priced, given its features and the bundled software, which includes IBM Via Voice.

Anoop Mangla

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