This is a typical budget board that realizes the chipset's minimal functionality.
The board's width causes some downsides in the PCB's layout: the IDE connectors are behind the PCI slots, and the audio ones are in front of them. A video card inserted may lock memory modules. Also, it can be difficult to reach some jumpers when the board is already installed. Their description is provided on the PCB.
The 3-phase switching voltage regulator incorporates 12 capacitors of 1500 uF. There are also voltage regulators of the AGP bus (2 capacitors of 1000 uF and several less capacious) and of the memory (2 of 1000 uF).
+2.5 V supplied to the memory modules in the StandBy mode is indicated with the red LED.
A connector for the second COM port wasn't integrated though the space for it is left.
System monitoring is supported by Winbond W83627HF-AW chip. It controls:
There are 2 connectors for regulated and 1 for unregulated connection of fans.
Summary: memory slots - 4 DDR SDRAM; expansion slots - AGP/ 5 PCI; I/O
ports - 2 COM/ LPT/ 2 PS/2/ 8 USB 2.0; dimensions - 305x210 mm.
We used the BIOS of 31.03.03 as the latest available version.
This board can't boast of its functionality or overclocking capabilities, but its speed is equal to most its competitors, and the price is promised to be low.
Dmitry Mayorov (email@example.com)
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