The PCB design of this model differs from the top model in the line - PX865PE Pro II (though boards based on the same chipset and coming from the same company usually differ only in the number of additional chips). However, the fact of an individual layout is not directly connected with the board's quality. I just wonder why a mid-level version is so big in this case - such boards are usually made narrower to save on textolite and space in the PC case.
There are some downside in the PCB design, and one of them is that the FDD connector is put on the left edge (it can be a problem if you still need this unit). Among other downsides are crowded connectors around the memory slots, and locking of them when a video card is inserted. Also, it's not difficult to reach the only jumper when the board is already installed. Its functions are indicated on the PCB. The 3-phase switching voltage regulator incorporates 7 capacitors of 2200 uF and 3 of 1500 uF. There are also voltage regulators of the AGP bus (2 1000 uF) and of the memory (2 of 1000 uF).
The board measures 305x245 mm ("wide ATX", 9 screws fastens it).
There is no wasted space for components that didn't get included in the final design - the same PCB is used for the PX865PE model which doesn't have a network controller unsoldered. System monitoring is supported by Winbond W83627HF-AW chip (which also functions as LPC Super I/O). It controls:
The Intel PAT technology is named Performance Enhancement Mode and can be enabled in the BIOS Setup. With this technology you get one more option - enable/disable Extreme Timing.
Ports & connectors onboard
Rear panel (left to right, units)
The back panel is absolutely standard and doesn't require a special I/O shield.
We used the BIOS R1.15 as the latest available version.
This board can't boast of its functionality but it's inexpensive, fast and has good tools for overclocking. At the same time, there is also a version with higher functionality and respective components, as well as an unsophisticated PX865PE.
Dmitry Mayorov (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Vladimir Rybnikov (email@example.com)
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