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Massive 10 Motherboard i845E/G Roundup

Massive 10 Motherboard i845E/G Roundup - PCSTATS
Abstract: Traditionally, Intel chipsets have always been the fastest and most stable for Intel processors; just consider the venerable i440BX, i815E or even the i850E.
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External Mfg. Website: Various Oct 23 2002   Colin Sun  
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Abit IT7-MAX

Abit IT7-MAX


Approx Price: $235 CDN ($150 US)
MFG Link: Abit IT7-MAX
Processor Intel Pentium4
Northbridge Intel i845E
Southbridge Intel ICH4
Supported FSB 100/133 MHz
Form Factor ATX
DIMM Slots Three PC1600/2100
Max Memory 2 GB
Integrated Video No
Shared Video Memory N/A
IDE 2 Ultra/100, 4 Ultra/133
AGP 4x AGP, 1.5V Lock
PCI 4 32bit PCI's
ISA None
CNR/AMR/ACR None
LAN 10/100
Audio Realtek ALC650 5.1
USB 6 USB 2.0
Power Supply Pentium 4
Misc Legacy Free, 4 IEEE 1394

Abit has always been an innovative company and shown that they are not afraid to try new ideas out. When their MAX line of motherboards came out they caused quite a stir because they were the first ever legacy free motherboards to be released. Legacy Free means there are no PS/2, Serial, or parallel ports on this board. Are we really ready for legacy free motherboards? Well, I know I'm not - my favorite keyboard hasn't been ported to USB just yet.

With the high level of integration shown on the Abit IT7 we were still surprised to see that the IT7-MAX has just four PCI slots. Sure, some of the other motherboards in this roundup have more on board features, but the IT7 has everything you would ever need integrated already. It has on board 10/100 LAN, 5.1 audio (software codec), IDE RAID and even IEEE 1394!

The BIOS of the IT7 MAX is very similar to the ABit BG7 which allows users to tweak memory voltages up to 2.8V. CPU VCore could be bumped up a maximum of 15%, and FSB adjustments range from 100-250 MHz in 1 MHz increments. It's a typical Abit BIOS, very powerful, and very good for overclockers!

As you will see in the upcoming benchmarks, the stock performance of the Abit IT7 was a little surprising to say the least. More often then not, the board rounded out the last few spots of the benchmarks. The only explanation that seems to fit revolves around all those USB ports taking too much in the way of system resources. Perhaps legacy free isn't as good as we initially thought it would be?

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Contents of Article: Various
 Pg 1.  Massive 10 Motherboard i845E/G Roundup
 Pg 2.  The i845E, i845G and the new ICH4
 Pg 3.  Epox 4BEAV
 Pg 4.  Iwill P4GS
 Pg 5.  Epox 4G4A+
 Pg 6.  Albatron PX845EPro
 Pg 7.  Abit BD7II-RAID
 Pg 8.  Abit BG7
 Pg 9.  Iwill P4ES
 Pg 10.  — Abit IT7-MAX
 Pg 11.  Soltek SL-85DR2
 Pg 12.  ECS L4IBAE
 Pg 13.  Benchmarks: Bapco Sysmark 2002
 Pg 14.  Benchmarks: Winstone 2001
 Pg 15.  Benchmarks: Winbench 99
 Pg 16.  Benchmarks: Sisoft Sandra 2002
 Pg 17.  Benchmarks: PCMark 2002
 Pg 18.  Benchmarks: 3DMark2001SE
 Pg 19.  Benchmarks: QIII Arena
 Pg 20.  Best Value / Overclocking Motherboards
 Pg 21.  Best Overall Motherboard

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