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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 4GLA+ Pentium 4

EPOX 4GLA+ - P4


Approx Price: $100USD est.
MFG Link: Epox 4GLA+
Northbridge Intel i845GL
Southbridge Intel ICH4
Supported FSB 100 MHz
Form Factor ATX
DIMM Slots Three PC1600/2100
Max Memory 3 GB
Integrated video Yes, Intel i845GL
Shared Video memory 1,8MB
IDE 2 Ultra/100, 2 ltra/133
AGP 4xAGP, 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

Unlike the micro ATX MSI motherboards, Epox sent us two standard ATX motherboards for this roundup. The first one is based on Intel's 845GL chipset, officially supporting 400 MHz FSB based P4's. The layout of the motherboard is almost identical to the 4G4A+ which is also in this roundup. I845G based motherboards are a very recent addition to the integrated mainboard market and do a lot to bridge the gap between these types of motherboards and more intensive visual applications.

Right from the start it was obvious that this board was in its early revisional stages, it still has the 100,133 MHz FSB jumper selector (i845GL only runs on a 100 MHz FSB). The 4GLA+ is tied with the 4G4A+ as the most feature rich motherboard in this round up.

Other then Firewire, this motherboard has it all; USB 2.0, onboard IDE RAID, onboard 10/100 LAN, onboard 5.1 audio (AC'97 codec), onboard video with 4x AGP slot and Epox's trademark Port 80 diagnostic LED, what more could you possibly need?

Being a standard ATX board the 4GLA+ also offers six 32 bit PCI's and our favorite CNR slot.

On the 4GLA+ it has a rather large northbridge heatsink cooling the i845GL chipset. It might be time for the southbridge's to be covered by heatsinks as well since they do get very warm as well now. We were happy to see that right off the bat we can use up to four USB 2.0 devices without needing to go to the USB header.

Unfortunately since the board is still beta (0.1 Revision PCB), we were not able to get a price for the motherboard. With all the features it has to showcase we'd expect this board to retail close to the $200 CDN which makes it close to double some of the other motherboards in this round up.

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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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