Quality and speed of modern mainboards from the industry heavyweights have been on the same level for a long time already. That is why the only way to attract users is to offer something exclusive. This board is a very good example of that.
Standard downsides don't make this board handy in assembling: audio-ins and connectors along the left side of the board make it difficult to plug in cables. IDE and FDD connectors placed behind PCI slots worsen ventilation and prevent installation of full-sized PCI cards. A video card inserted may lock memory modules. It can be difficult to reach some jumpers when the board is already installed. Their functions are shown on the textolite.
The 3-channel switching voltage regulator incorporates 8 capacitors of 3300 uF and 2 of 2200 uF.
+5 V supplied in the StandBy mode is indicated with the onboard LED. One more LED blinks while the POST procedure is running and gives steady light on its completion.
On the back you can see a plate that prevents twisting of the textolite in case of powerful CPU coolers.
Non-unsoldered connectors: none.
System monitoring is supported by Winbond W83627HF-AW chip. It controls:
There are 2 connectors for adjustable and 1 for unadjustable connection of fans.
characteristics: memory slots - 3 DDR SDRAM; expansion slots - AGP/ 6 PCI/
CNR; I/O ports - 2 COM/ LPT/ 2 PS/2/ 6 USB 2.0; dimensions - 305x220 mm.
We used the BIOS R1.03 as the latest available version.
This is the only board I know which carries an FM tuner. In all other respects, this is ordinary good solution with some rudimentary settings and overclocking capabilities, and a modest accessory pack (to retain a low price with the FM tuner).
Dmitry Mayorov (email@example.com)
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