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Business and School Integrated Motherboard Roundup

Business and School Integrated Motherboard Roundup - PCSTATS
Abstract: Faced with the purchase of dozens of new computers, government agencies, schools and businesses need to find ways to keep costs down while still getting the equipment they require.
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External Mfg. Website: Various Jul 19 2002   Colin Sun  
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Epox 4G4A+ Pentium 4

EPOX 4G4A+ - P4


Approx Price: $100USD
MFG Link: Epox 4G4A+
Northbridge Intel i845G
Southbridge Intel ICH4
Supported FSB 100/133 MHz
Form Factor ATX
DIMM Slots Three PC1600/2100
Max Memory 3 GB
Integrated video Yes, Intel i845G
Shared Video memory 1,8MB
IDE 2 Ultra/100, 2 ltra/133
AGP 4x AGP, 1.5V Lock
PCI 6 32bit PCI's
ISA None
CNR/AMR/ACR 1 CNR
LAN 10/100 Realtek 8100B
Audio Realtek ALC650 5.1 C'97
USB 6 USB 2.0
Power Supply Standard ATX
Misc 2 Serial, 1 Parallel, WoL

The second of two Epox motherboards was the 4G4A+. Based on the i845G chipset this board is compatible with all P4 CPU's out there.

Unlike most other Pentium 4 boards the socket has been tilted 90 degrees to the right. This saves quite a bit of space and allows Epox to fit six PCI's onto their motherboard.

The layout of the motherboard is very good, with very few complaints. One thing that we noticed was that the Epox P4 boards only need standard ATX power supplies rather then require Pentium 4 compatible ones.

The 4G4A+ is tied with the 4GLA+ as the most feature rich motherboard out in the roundup. Three DIMM slots, six PCI's, a 4x AGP (1.5V Lock), onboard LAN, onboard IDE RAID, USB 2.0 and onboard 5.1 audio! Very impressive, but the level of integration and expandability comes with a rather steep price.

The 4G4A+ was the second highest priced board, retailing for about $200 CDN.

Populating all three DIMM slots with double sided memory was quite an adventure itself. Using three DIMM's caused data errors while booting up WindowsXP. We were surprised that the board POSTed properly with the memory but it's a shame that it didn't work properly after.

The Epox board was impressive on the expandability scale and kept a high level of integration all the same. The 4G4A+ is a great board and personally I'd love to use it myself, but it may have too much, and too high a price to compete with the other integrated motherboards in this roundup despite the performance gain.

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Contents of Article: Various
 Pg 1.  Business and School Integrated Motherboard Roundup
 Pg 2.  Quick Comparison Specs On the Boards
 Pg 3.  MSI MS-6378 - AMD
 Pg 4.  MSI MS-6390 - AMD
 Pg 5.  MSI MS-6368 - Intel Socket 370
 Pg 6.  MSI MS-6526GL - Pentium 4
 Pg 7.  MSI MS-6533 - Pentium 4
 Pg 8.  MSI MS-6524 - Pentium 4
 Pg 9.  Epox 4GLA+ Pentium 4
 Pg 10.  — Epox 4G4A+ Pentium 4
 Pg 11.  Iwill mP4G Pentium 4
 Pg 12.  Abit BG7 Pentium 4
 Pg 13.  Benchmarks and Testing Specs
 Pg 14.  Benchmark: BAPco Sysmark 2002: Internet Content
 Pg 15.  Benchmark: BAPco Sysmark 2002: Office Productivity
 Pg 16.  Benchmark: Winstone 2001: Content Creation
 Pg 17.  Benchmark: Winstone 2001: Business Winstone
 Pg 18.  Benchmark: Winbench 99: Disk
 Pg 19.  Benchmark: Winbench 99: Graphics
 Pg 20.  Benchmark: Sisoft Sandra 2002
 Pg 21.  Benchmark: PCMark 2002: CPU Bench
 Pg 22.  Benchmark: PCMark 2002: Memory Bench
 Pg 23.  Benchmark: SPECviewPerf
 Pg 24.  Price performance comparisons
 Pg 25.  Final Conclusions

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