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FIC AN11 Stealth Socket A Motherboard Review

FIC AN11 Stealth Socket A Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The AN11 Stealth is powered by VIA's much loved KT266A chipset, which practically guarantees that the board is going to be a great performer.
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External Mfg. Website: FIC Mar 14 2002   C. Sun  
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Around the Socket: Heatsink Clearances

PCStats Heatsink Clearance Measurements
Top Clearance: 9 mm
Bottom (cam) Clearance: 7 mm
Left Side (arm) Clearance: 20 mm
Right Side Clearance 15 mm
Socket Mounting Holes: 4mm Ă˜dia.
Max. Heatsink Base Dimensions: ~91x78 mm

Note: Approx. measurements are made from the edge of the socket (not the clips) to the closest obsticle taller than the ZIF socket itself.

The socket is 51mm across, and 62mm from top to bottom.

The area around the Socket A is pretty tight where it counts. There are a line of four 30mm tall capacitors about 9mm away from the top of the socket so installation of medium to large heatsinks may be very difficult. In testing, the Thermaltake Dragon Orb 3, a medium sized heatsink, would not fit onto the socket because of capacitor interference. Slim and wide heatsinks may be a better choice as there is substantially more space on the left and right sides of the socket. Heatsinks which typically need to use the socket mounting holes in the PCB won't really be applicable to the AN11 Stealth.

[Editors Note: Expect to see the Heatsink Clearance chart on all future PCStats.com socket A motherboard reviews.]

While there are a total of three fan headers on the board, one is used by the northbridge heatsink leaving really just one available after the processors heatsink has been locked into place. It would have been nice to see at least one more fan header included on the board by the DDR slots for active memory cooling for instance.

Oddly, the LED connectors on the motherboard for the front bezel were apparently labeled wrong (first time I have ever seen this happen), but after a quick glance at the manual things were straightened out.

The AN11 Stealth comes with sound courtesy of VIA's AC'97 codec. The codec has a bad rap among hardware reviewers because it can put a drain on CPU resources, leading to the inevitable PCI hardware soundcard upgrade.

There are a set of dip switches to control the CPU voltage near the ATX power connector, and a ADV jumper. Another very important FSB jumper by the BIOS (not shown) allows you to adjust the FSB of the motherboard from 100 to 133MHz. The jumper is by default set to 100MHz, so if you drop in an AthlonXP 2100+ you must change the jumper setting to 133MHz in order to realize the full clock speed of the AthlonXP. The AthlonXP processors, in case you had forgotten, work at a 133MHz FSB.

Rounding out onboard features are Wake on Ring (WoR), Wake on LAN (WoL) and support for IrDA.

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Contents of Article: FIC AN11 Stealth
 Pg 1.  FIC AN11 Stealth Socket A Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  — Around the Socket: Heatsink Clearances
 Pg 3.  VIA KT266A Chipset and BIOS
 Pg 4.  Benchmarks, lovely benchmarks!
 Pg 5.  Gaming Benchmarks & Conclusions

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