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FIC VI11 (SiS645DX) Mainboard

The products from this company are usually deprived of extensive feature sets or accessories, but their prices are not "skyscraping" as well. And we are not expecting a jump from FIC on this budget SiS's chipset. 


  • Package of a standard design; 
  • Documentation: user manual in English; brief installation manual in 5 languages; 
  • Cables: ATA66/100/133 and FDD;
  • Bracket for the rear computer panel with Rear, Center/Sub audio-outs and SPDIF outputs of the TosLink and Coaxial types; 

  • 2 CDs containing: 
    • drivers; 
    • Audio Alert II; 
    • Clockometer; 
    • LogoGenie 2.1; 
    • Media Ring Talk 99; 
    • Norton Antivirus 2000; 
    • Norton Ghost; 
    • Norton Virtual Drive; 
    • Appio; 
    • AutoSave; 
    • X-Stop; 
    • Cute Dialer; 
    • ImageMore; 
    • Adobe Acrobat Reader. 

The layout has several typical flaws: the audio-ins are in front of the PCI, and when a video card is installed it's difficult to handle the memory modules and cables in the IDE connectors. But it's not difficult to reach the jumpers when the board is already installed. Their functions is shown on the textolite.

The 3-channel switching voltage regulator incorporates 7 capacitors of 3300 uF. 

The following controllers are integrated:

  • audio controller based on the Avance Logic ALC650 AC'97 codec supporting 5.1 audio systems and having an output for front audio connectors; 
  • network controller based on the chipset's capabilities. 
Non-unsoldered connectors: none.

The system monitoring is supported by the ITE IT8705F chip. What is controlled: 

  • processor voltage, +3.3, +5 and +12 V, +5 V StandBy; 
  • speed of 2 fans; 
  • temperatures of the processor (a built-in sensor) and the board (a built-in sensor).
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 1.1; dimensions - 305x245 mm.  

Adjustment can be carried out with:

jumpers and switchesJumper to clear up the CMOS 
Jumper for password reset for BIOS Setup 
BIOS based on the AwardBIOS 6.00PG from PhoenixSetup of memory timings+CAS Latency, DRAM Addr/CMD Rate, System Performance
Setup of memory frequency+100, 133 and 166 MHz
Setup of AGP bus+ 
Setup of PCI bus- 
Changeable scaler of AGP and PCI buses- 
Manual assignment of interrupts+ 
Changeable FSB frequency+100, 105, 108, 112, 133 MHz
Changeable CPU multiplier+x8-x50
Changeable core voltage- 
Changeable memory voltage- 
Changeable chipset voltage- 
Changeable AGP bus voltage- 

We used the latest available version of the BIOS - SAB42. 

This is a typical board for FIC with a not very abundant set of functions, quite good quality and an average speed of operation. 

Test results: 


Dmitry Mayorov (destrax@ixbt.com

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