Out of two Intel's solutions on the i845PE chipset this one looks more interesting though its functions are inferior to the grands in this sphere. We received the board in the OEM package.
The layout has typical drawbacks: audio-ins are in front of the PCI, it's difficult to handle the memory modules when a video card is installed and because of multiple cables around the memory. It's not difficult to reach the only jumper when the board is already installed. Its functions are shown on the textolite.
The 4-channel switching voltage regulator incorporates 3 capacitors of 3300 uF, 4 of 1000 uF and several less capacious ones.
The following controllers are integrated:
+5 V supplied in the StandBy mode is indicated with the LED.
Non-unsoldered connectors: CNR slot, FireWire chip and its connectors.
The system monitoring is supported by the SMSC LPC47M172-NR chip. What is controlled:
There are 2 connectors for adjustable and 1 for unadjustable connection of fans.
Brief characteristics of the board: memory slots - 2 DDR SDRAM; expansion slots - AGP/ 5 PCI; I/O ports - 1 COM/ LPT/ 2 PS/2/ 6 USB 2.0; dimensions - 305x220 mm.
can be carried out with:
We used the BIOS P06 as the latest available version.
It's outstanding that the Intel's board officially allows overclocking the system! However, the overclocking settings are rather scanty. On the whole, this is a traditionally stable solution with some pleasant features and a low price, but without any peculiarities (though the high-quality sound section might be considered such).
Dmitry Mayorov (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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