At first sight, this is a standard memory, but at a closer look you will find a lot of pleasant things - good components and a rich set of functional elements. The design of the box has become less austere. The new user manual now includes instructions on how to assemble a PC (apart from traditional description of settings) - starting from installation of the board into the PC case to connection of peripherals; besides, the guide is quite colorful and well illustrated.
Moreover, it contains information on memory types, processors etc. - it's quite brief but it will be of much help for a novice.
The layout is ordinary - audio-ins are in front of the PCI, while the IDE is behind them. 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 13 capacitors of 1500 uF and 1 of 3300 uF.
The following controllers are integrated:
Thanks to the Winbond W83L518D Smart I/O controller the board supports (and have connectors) readers for cards of the Memory Stick and Secure Digital formats.
The board incorporates the DualBIOS technology (BIOS protection by copying it onto the second Flash EEPROM chip).
Non-unsoldered connectors: several audio connectors.
The system monitoring is supported by the Winbond W83627HF-AW
chip. What is controlled:
There are 2 connectors for adjustable and 3 for unadjustable connection of fans (one of them is connected to a fan on the heatsink of the chipset's north bridge).
of the board: memory slots - 4 RIMM RDRAM; expansion slots - AGP/ 6 PCI/ CNR
; I/O ports - 2 COM/ LPT/ 2 PS/2/ 10 USB 2.0; dimensions - 305x245 mm.
can be carried out with:
We used the BIOS F3 as the latest available version. I like the board - it sports excellent performance coupled with good settings and high functionality... This is exactly what makes boards hits.
Dmitry Mayorov (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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