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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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Abit BG7 Pentium 4

ABIT BG7 - P4


Approx Price: $120USD
MFG Link: Abit BG7
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
AGP 4xAGP, 1.5V Lock
PCI 5 32bit PCI's
ISA None
CNR/AMR/ACR None
LAN 10/100 Realtek 8100B
Audio Realtek ALC650 5.1 AC'97
USB 4 USB 2.0
Power Supply Pentium 4
Misc 1 Serial, 1 Parallel

The first thing we noticed about this motherboard was the relative small size for a standard ATX motherboard. It was very refreshing to see that this motherboard was barely larger then old i440BX based boards. Other then the placement of IDE and floppy drive connectors, we really liked this board quite a bit.

Like the two Epox motherboards, the BG7 is a standard ATX motherboard but still has the usual onboard USB 2.0, LAN, 5.1 audio and video.

Since it is a standard ATX board it has five 32bit PCI slots and three DIMM's. One really cool feature that we found very useful was the Power and Reset buttons on the PCB. This makes things very handy when trouble shooting the motherboard in the case.

We were very happy to see that Abit is starting to use longer jumpers on their motherboards. This makes things very easy if we want to clear the CMOS or adjust a few of the other jumpers on the motherboard.

Like the Epox boards, the BG7 had some major problems with all three DIMM's populated. The board simply refused to boot up. With two DIMM's we didn't have any problems, but once the third DIMM was installed the system was a no go.

We thought the Epox boards were expensive, but the BG7 is a little more so. With an approximate price tag of $200 CDN, the board may be out of the range of most budgets.

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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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