by February 9, 2001 0 comments
Chipset: Intel 810E
Price: Rs 4,250
Software: PowerDVD 
trial version, PC health monitoring, PC-Cillin anti-virus, Audio Rack. 

This motherboard was one of the most feature-rich boards in
its category, and has much better features than the Azza 810DTC, the winner in
this category. The board can take both Slot 1 and Socket 370 processors. It has
an Intel 810E chipset, which has an additional 4 MB of VRAM for better graphics
performance. It supports FSB speeds up to 133 MHz for that Coppermine PIII
processor you may want to put in later. It has four PCI and one AMR slot for
additional hardware.

The motherboard has two built-in USB ports. It comes with a
detailed manual with good visual applications. It can be configured in
jumper-less mode, letting you make the settings from the BIOS. Its layout is
unobtrusive, and has all ports built-in, allowing for a smooth setup. The
bundled software on the CD is also good.

On the performance front, the motherboard did well in
productivity applications, scoring 22.2 Winmarks in Business Winstone99. It also
did fairly well in 3DMark2000, but was average in Videomark2000. Its Sound Sub
System is also good and only had a the CPU utilization to 6.9 percent. In Quake
III it gave an average fps score of 17.9, which is good for an entry-level

Overall, the board gained points in features and pricing, and
was an average performer. This makes it a good choice for this category. It
comes with a warranty of one year. Better pricing would have made it the winner.

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