by February 8, 2001 0 comments
Chipset: Intel 810
Price: Rs 4,500
Software: Driver CD; PC-Cillin anti-virus; PC Scan; AWDFlash update
for the BIOS

This board got good score in its category, and came in fifth overall. It’s
a Socket 370 motherboard with Micro ATX form factor. The board has four PCI and
one AMR slot and connectors for both ATX and AT power supplies. It only supports
FSB of up to 100 MHz.

On the performance front, this one did fairly well in all our tests. In
productivity applications, it got 22.5 Winmarks in Business Winstone99, which
was the second highest in the category. It also did well in graphics and video
application benchmarks. Its sound sub system is also good and it gave an average
CPU utilization score of 6.3, which is good. Compared to the rest, it gave an
average fps of 17.75 in Quake III, which is good for an entry-level motherboard.

On the flip side the motherboard lost points in features. It’s driver CD
didn’t have a main interface from where one could easily install the necessary
drivers. Another major problem was that the board doesn’t have built-in ports,
so you have to manually look for the ports and plug-in the necessary cables. The
motherboard has a USB connector, but we didn’t receive any USB cables with the
motherboard for connecting it. In the board’s layout, the hard-disk cable
interferes with the RAM slots, making them difficult to reach.

All in all, it’s a good choice given its performance, provided you’re not
too concerned about features. It comes with a warranty of one year.

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