Iwill P4GS i845G Motherboard
It's been a while since I've dealt with
Iwill products but I've always had a lot of fun with
them. Iwill isn't
really targeting the overclockers with the P4GS, but more likely the average user who wants a
solid motherboard, with a lot of features.
A quick glance at the hardware features shows
us that the P4GS is a pretty well rounded motherboard, it has onboard
10/100 LAN, 5.1 audio, IDE Raid, Serial ATA,
support for memory stick and secure digital cards.
There are five PCI slots should you find the need
to upgrade a part of your computer, a 4x AGP (1.5V lock) slot and USB 2.0 comes
native thanks to the ICH4 southbridge. As you probably noticed, there are only
two DIMM slots which can support 2 GB PC1600/2100 memory (PC2700 unofficial
support). The Iwill P4GS is a pretty compact motherboard that uses a rather odd
layout.The first thing that stands out is the odd
placement of the IDE RAID controller connectors but we'll get to that a little
Ships with the following:
- 2x IDE ATA100 Cable
- FDD Cable
- Driver CD
- IO Backplate
- Users Manual
One place Iwill always
excel's at is how well they label the motherboard. It can get quite frustrating when
you have to keep referring to the manual to find out what certain jumpers
do; Iwill takes the guess work out by putting diagrams/labels right on the PCB!
This certainly makes life so much easier!
The main ATX power connector is in an excellent location to the right of the
DIMM slot and even though the P4 power connector is to the left of the CPU socket,
it's near the top of the motherboard.
a sliding AGP lock rather then the usual switch which is easier to use then the
regular switch. With more and more high speed USB 2.0 devices coming out, Iwill
has put an internal USB 2.0 slot on the motherboard. At first glance, we thought
that perhaps it should be closer to the edge of the motherboard to keep out of
the way of other things, but then we realized that Iwill put the USB next to the
PCI's to prevent it from breaking off.
I love those longer jumpers
that Iwill uses for their boards. They're so much easier to use then the regular
The P4GS is far from perfect as a motherboard
though. The weirdest thing about the board is the location of the IDE RAID
connectors. We're not really sure why they're below the PCI
slots, this makes things extremely difficult for users of full tower cases and
even people with mid towers would need to wrap the IDE cables around the PCI/AGP
peripherals to get to the IDE drives!
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