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Intel D865GBF (i865G) Mainboard

The board has no features distinguishing it from other integrated models, that is why we should consider it as a solution for an office rather than for a home demanding user. We are testing a preproduction sample. 


  • Documentation: user manual in English; 
  • CD with: 
    • drivers; 
    • user guide in PDF; 
    • DirectX 8.1; 
    • Intel Active Monitor (system monitoring ); 
    • Adobe Acrobat Reader; 
    • NTI CD-Maker 2000 Standard; 
    • RealOne; 
    • DFX for RealOne; 
    • Macromedia Shockwave 8 Test; 
    • Norton Internet Security 2002 with Antivirus. 

This is an Intel's traditional way of arranging of components, when they are not spread all over the textolite but concentrated on the smaller area. It allows Intel to make a microATX version without many changes (only with fewer PCI slots). The only drawback is that there are too many connectors around the memory modules. It's not difficult to reach the only jumper when the board is already installed. Its functions are shown on the textolite. 

The 2-channel switching voltage regulator incorporates 4 capacitors of 2200 uF and 10 of 1200 uF. 

Integrated controllers: 

  • audio controller based on the chipset and Analog Devices AD1985 AC'97 codec; 5.1 audio system supported, front audio inputs/outputs and SPDIF connectors provided; 
  • network controller based on Intel 82547EI (Kenai II CSA) chip supporting 10BaseT/100BaseTX/1000BaseT (Gigabit Ethernet). 

There is a LED indicating +5 V supplied in the StandBy mode. 

Non-unsoldered connectors: audio controller and its connectors. 

System monitoring is supported by National Semiconductor PC87372-IBU/VLA chip. It controls: 

  • processor voltage, +3.3, +5 and +12 V; 
  • speed of 2 fans; 
  • temperatures of the processor (built-in sensor) and the board (built-in sensor).  

There are 2 connectors for adjustable and 1 for unadjustable connection of fans. 

Brief board's characteristics: memory slots - 4 DDR SDRAM; expansion slots - AGP/ 6 PCI; I/O ports - 1 COM/ LPT/ 2 PS/2/ 8 USB 2.0; dimensions - 305x245 mm. 


jumpers and switches Configuration jumper Normal/ Config/ BIOS Recovery
BIOS based on Intel v6.00 Setup of memory timings + CAS Latency, RAS Active To Precharge, RAS to CAS Delay, RAS Precharge
Setup of memory frequency + Auto, DDR266, DDR333, DDR400
Setup of AGP bus -  
Setup of PCI bus -  
Changeable scaler of AGP and PCI buses -  
Manual assignment of interrupts +  
Changeable FSB frequency + -2%, -1%, +1%, +2%, +3%, +4% from the default value
Changeable CPU multiplier + x8-x39
Changeable core voltage -  
Changeable memory voltage -  
Changeable chipset voltage -  
Changeable AGP bus voltage -  

We used the BIOS B03 as the latest available version. 

The board will be a good choice if you need stable operation most of all, and not that reasonable choice for other purposes. 

Test results: 


Dmitry Mayorov (destrax@ixbt.com

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