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Intel D810E2CB Motherboard Review

Intel D810E2CB Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Most of us are familiar with Intel through their long and successful presence in the processor business. They have also managed to accrue a good portion of the budget/OEM market with their i810 based products. Intel is about to introduce a new motherboard based on the i810E2 chipset the D810E2CB.
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External Mfg. Website: Intel Feb 25 2001   P. Masrani  
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Integrated Graphics Performance



The D820E2CB has an integrated graphics accelerator based on the i752, a newer version of the i740 graphics accelerator (which claimed its fame a few years ago). As most integrated accelerators are based upon a unified memory architecture, main system memory and its bandwidth is shared with the video accelerator resulting in decreased business & 3D performance.

During our tests, the 2D acceleration was more than enough for standard business applications. In fact, the D810E2CB with its 230 MHz RAMDAC supports true color depth on higher resolutions and higher refresh rates compared to other integrated motherboards based on VIA PM133 (300 MHz RAMDAC).

Resolutions up to 1280x1024 looked acceptable. The graphics driver allows multiple gamma settings which can be set automatically depending on the executed application. Another plus point is the support for motion compensation which results in decreased processor load during DVD playback.

As with any other integrated graphics chipset on the market today, the D810E2CB is far from being a desirable platform for high end 3D graphics. For those not too serious about such applications or games, 3D performance may be satisfactory for casual game play. While we found no compatibility issues with the games we tried, the performance is indeed low.

For our 3D performance tests, we used 3 boards with integrated graphics accelerators: DFI CS65 SC (i815), Soyo 7VMA (VIA PM 133) and the D810E2CB (i810E2).

All boards based on Intel 815/810 series have a limited 3D triangle setup which simply means that their integrated video adapter doesn't scale well with high end processors in 3D gaming. Even at 640x480, the VIA PM133 with its integrated 3D Savage4 engine performs better on our 566 MHz Celeron. On faster processors this difference between the Intel chipset family and VIA PM133 becomes even larger. However, we must not forget that these boards were not intended to be a gaming platform.

Sound quality of the integrated AC97 codec found on the D810E2CB is very good compared to all the rest integrated AC97 we have heard up to now. While there is no support for various APIs (EAX, A3D, etc), we were quite pleased with sound reproduction. There was limited sound interference and the sound to noise (S/N) ratio was good enough for a medium priced speaker set. Music sounded well balanced, with the correct and accurate amount of bass and treble.

As Intel manufactures this board we weren't surprised at all when we came to learn that CPU overclocking isn't supported. Nevertheless, since the board utilizes a frequency oscillator manufactured by ICS (9250BF 16), overclocking might be possible through software reprogramming of the registers. At the time of review, we were unable to find an appropriate utility that supported this particular oscillator.

Conclusions

The Intel D810E2CB was designed as a low cost solution primarily for business applications. It is quite obvious that it was never meant to offer full expandability or high end performance. But from a tiny board we do enjoy a good number of features: it's very cheap and stable, comes with an excellent software bundle, small footprint (about 70% of an A4 page) and supports many of those standards found in more expensive motherboards (integrated graphics, sound, network connectivity, 4 USB ports, support for ATA 100, etc).

Performance wise, the D810E2CB scores decently under our Winstone benchmarks. Though it lagged behind the highest scorer by a couple of points, remember that this board tested here is simply a pre production model and scores should increase when the final product is launched.

Not everyone requires an extremely powerful system. All in all, this product is an ideal solution in many cases where cost and need is a limiting factor. PCs which perform specialized tasks (other than a normal PC) would also find the D810E2CB quite beneficial.

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Contents of Article: Intel D810E2CB
 Pg 1.  Intel D810E2CB Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Test Bed Setup and Benchmarks
 Pg 3.  — Integrated Graphics Performance

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