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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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ECS L4IBAE

ECS L4IBAE


Approx Price: $160 CDN ($95 US)
MFG Link: ECS L4IBAE
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, 2 Ultra/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 CMI 9738 5.1 AC'97
USB 6 USB 2.0
Power Supply Pentium 4
Misc 2 Serial, 1 Parallel, IEEE 1394

We were honestly unsure of what to expect from ECS's entry into this roundup. ECS have a reputation of producing inexpensive, moderate performance motherboards that are usually aimed at larger OEM manufacturers than consumers directly.

The L4IBAE is most definitely a consumer oriented motherboard, and one with an impressive roster of features as well. In fact, it managed to change our opinion of ECS quite a bit, and hopefully we'll be seeing more examples along these lines in the near future. Anyway, getting back to the L4IBAE, the board is one of the best equipped motherboards in the bunch; supporting on board 10/100 LAN, on board 5.1 audio (software codec), IDE RAID and even on board IEEE 1394 (Firewire)!

To top things off, it's also very expandable with six PCI's, three DIMM slots and a 4x AGP slot. Oh, did I mention the cool looking purple PCB?

Overclockers are aware that ECS has never really geared their products towards them, but it looks like this situation might be changing. While the L4IBAE is hardly an "overclocking board" it at least has some options. FSB adjustments are a little more difficult then that of other motherboards in this roundup; going up in 2-10 MHz intervals from 100-199 MHz.

Amazingly enough, CPU voltage is adjustable all the way up to 1.85V on a Northwood P4. There are no memory voltage tweaks, so hitting high FSB's is pretty hard.

Testing the L4IBAE was interesting to say the least. The board was very stable and didn't give us any problems, however we found that with the CPU set to a 133 MHz FSB and the memory frequency set to Auto, the memory would be running at 178 MHz!

Thanks to this, the L4IBAE was the best performing motherboard of the whole roundup since it offered the most bandwidth to the processor.

With all the on board features you'd expect the manufacturer to include all the necessary cables to use those devices; but none came with the L4IBAE. Since the extra USB 2.0 and IEEE 1394 use headers, it's pretty hard to track down those brackets in a local mom and pop computer store. In the end we were able to find the USB 2.0 brackets but not the IEEE 1394.

If you don't plan on wasting your time with the endless persuit of more MHz, the ECS L4IBAE is an excellent choice. At stock speeds, it's the fastest motherboard of the bunch (thanks to the memory running at 178 MHz), and it's fully loaded to boot!

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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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