This is a junior model based on the i845E chipset and it has less unsoldered controllers and connectors as compared with the PX845E Pro II. Besides, it is covered with varnish containing silver, which must reduce heat-up of the board and magnetic pickups and make it more stable in operation.
The layout is identical to the elder sibling: audio-ins are in front of the PCI, when a video card is installed it's difficult to handle the memory modules, and it's not easy to connect the cable with additional USB ports to a connector located between the first PCI and AGP slots. It's not difficult to reach the only jumper when the board is already installed. Its functions are shown on the textolite.
The 3-channel switching voltage regulator incorporates 10 capacitors of 2200 uF.
The following controllers are integrated:
Thanks to the Winbond W83637HF-AW Smart I/O controller the board supports (and have connectors) a Memory Stick Reader.
+5 V supplied in the StandBy mode is indicated with the red LED.
Non-unsoldered connectors: IDE RAID controller and its connectors, CNR slot, second Flash EEPROM chip, network controller and RJ45 connector, block of switches (because of that this model doesn't have protection from old video cards which can bring to damage in case of cards with 3.3 V power supply).
The system monitoring is supported by the Winbond W83627HF-AW chip. What is controlled:
There are 2 connectors for adjustable and 1 for unadjustable connection of fans.
Brief characteristics of the board: memory slots - 3 DDR SDRAM; expansion slots - AGP/ 6 PCI; I/O ports - 2 COM/ LPT/ 2 PS/2/ 6 USB 2.0; dimensions - 305x245 mm.
Adjustment can be carried out with:
We used the BIOS 1.03a as the latest available version.
The board is meant mostly for entry-level computers given to its lower price and less functions (in comparison with the senior solutions), though its overclocking capabilities are also excellent.
Dmitry Mayorov (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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