The board is not surprising at all. We have received a preproduction sample even without a user guide and with a CD containing only drivers. That is why there is nothing to say about its accessories.
The layout has typical drawbacks:
the audio-ins are in front of the PCI slots, when a video
card is installed it's difficult to handle the memory modules,
and positions of the connectors for additional USB modules
and for a cable of the smart card reader. It can be difficult
to reach some jumpers when the board is already installed.
Their functions are shown on the textolite.
The 2-channel switching voltage regulator incorporates 10 capacitors of 1500 uF.
The following controllers are integrated:
Thanks to the ITE IT8705F I/O controller the board supports (and has a connector) a reader for smart cards.
The board incorporates the following technologies:
+5 V supplied in the StandBy mode is indicated with the red LED.
Non-unsoldered connectors: none.
The system monitoring is supported by the ITE IT8705F chip. What is controlled:
There are 2 connectors for adjustable and 3 for unadjustable connection of fans (it is connected to a fan on the heatsink of the chipset's north bridge).
Brief characteristics of the board: memory slots - 3 DDR SDRAM; expansion slots - AGP/ 6 PCI/ CNR; I/O ports - 2 COM/ LPT/ 2 PS/2/ 6 USB 2.0; dimensions - 305x240 mm.
can be carried out with:
We used the latest available version of the BIOS - BIOS 1.0.
The board won't attract those who are looking for the maximum functionality and high overclocking potential, but it works stably and is relatively cheap.
Dmitry Mayorov (email@example.com)
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