The long awaited i815 chipset from Intel was the replacement for
the mighty and long lasting i440BX we had all become so accustomed to. Was the
i815 be able to live up to the reputation of it's predecessor? Unfortunately no. While
being a decent, stable and relatively fast chipset, the i815 just doesn't have
the "oomph" which BX did at the same bus speeds.
There isn't much choice between the two chipsets anymore
however. Even though the BX was a faster chipset, it doesn't support many of
the modern features we are now accustomed to such as 4x AGP, Ultra 66/100
drive support and 133 MHz bus speeds.
After the initial introduction
of the i815, three more variants would eventually surface to claim differing segments of
the market. The main differences between each of them is varying support for onboard features.
For instance, the standard i815 only supports Ultra 66
and comes with integrated video capabilities. On the other hand, the i815E brings the harddrive
standard up to Ultra 100. Lastly we have the i815EP chipset which is almost exactly
like the i815E except for the fact it doesn't support onboard video. The Iwill BD133
is one of the motherboards on the market which just happens to sport the i815EP chipset.
|All of IWill's current motherboards
seem to be shipping in these cool (yet sensible)
Since I have become quite
accustomed to working with AMD-based systems I wasn't quite sure what to expect
from the BD133. The first thing that came to my mind was that overclocking wasn't
going to be as fun... no more multiplier adjustments and all. Intel like AMD locks all multipliers,
but unlike AMD, once their locked you can't do anything about it.
|IWill BD133 Motherboard|
||Ships with the following:
- IDE CABLE
- FDD CABLE
- Driver CD-ROM
- Spare jumpers
MFG Link: Iwill
With a trusty Pentium III 1.0 GHz FC-PGA processor in hand (Thanks Steve!) I was ready to
reach out and test IWill's famous MicroStepping BIOS features and a few other
the full specs on this little beauty of a motherboard.