The board is almost identical to the previous model on the same chipset - 85ERV and differs only in stepping and in surrounding components of the memory modules, which let us work correctly (though not very efficiently) with PC3200(DDR400) memory.
The layout doesn't shine: audio-ins are in front of the PCI, and the IDE and FDD are behind them, an inserted video card will lock memory modules, and cables connected to the power supply connectors will worsen ventilation. It's not difficult to reach jumpers when the board is already installed. Their functions are not shown on the textolite.
The 3-channel switching voltage regulator incorporates 7 capacitors of 2200 uF and 3 of 1500 uF.
The following controllers are integrated:
Thanks to the ITE IT8705F I/O controller the board supports (and have connectors) a SmartCard Reader.
On the back you can see a plate that prevents twisting of the textolite in case of powerful CPU coolers.
Non-unsoldered connectors: network controller and RJ45 connector.
The system monitoring is supported by the ITE IT8712F-A chip. What is controlled:
There are 2 connectors for adjustable and 2 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 2.0; dimensions - 305x220 mm.
Adjustment can be carried out with:
We used the BIOS AJ1.4 as the latest available version.
The board is a bit more efficient than its predecessor and works stably with PC3200 memory, but it's inferior to the Intel-based solutions and can't boast of rich functionality. It can be of interest for those who want to save on a mainboard and overclock the system.
Dmitry Mayorov (email@example.com)
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