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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   C. Sun  
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Best Overall Motherboard

The best overall motherboard was hardest to choose. With so many motherboards performing so well, and with so many features this was easily the hardest decision to make. In the end we believe that the Epox 4G4A+ deserves to be recognized as "the best of of the bunch".

Performance wise, the 4G4A+ was always near to the top of each benchmark and it's just packed full of features. During testing, the 4G4A+ did not BSOD once, or exhibit any signs of instability.

This is a motherboard that I would easily use in my own system and can easily suggest this board to any potential Pentium 4 motherboard buyer. Price wise, the 4G4A+ is well placed, and it was those three criteria in conjunction which sealed the deal, though I think it is safe to say that the Albatron PX845E Pro was a very close second (for reasons we already mentioned).

Epox 4G4A+

MFG Link: Epox 4G4A+
Processor Intel Pentium4
Northbridge Intel i845G
Southbridge Intel ICH4
Supported FSB 100/133 MHz
Form Factor ATX
DIMM Slots Three PC1600/2100/2700
Max Memory 2 GB
Integrated Video Yes
Shared Video Memory 1,8MB
IDE 2 Ultra/100, 2 Ultra/133, 1 Serial ATA/150
AGP 4x AGP, 1.5V Lock
PCI 6 32bit PCI's
ISA None
LAN 10/100 Realtek 8100B
Audio Realtek ALC650 AC'97
USB 6 USB 2.0
Power Supply Standard ATX
Misc 2 Serial, 1 Parallel, WoL,

Final words

Intel has generally always made well performing chipsets which have the necessary qualities of speed and stability, and the i845E/G chipsets are to be no exception.

From its beginnings, the i845 Northbridge has evolved, and matured into a chipset worth building your computer around. As an SDRAM chipset it didn't have much respect, but the move to DDR, then 533 MHz FSB, and recently DDR333 (i845G only) has won over many consumers. Along with the new MCH's is Intel's ICH4 southbridge that brings USB 2.0 to the masses.

These ten motherboards are just a sampling of the dozens and dozens of i845 motherboards on the market place right now. It's clear that now more than ever it is very difficult to differentiate motherboards just by the number of features they have. Manufacturers want market share and features are an easy way to make that happen. But features alone cannot make a good motherboard; performance and reliability are equally important.

Still, it is nice to know that even basic motherboards are coming from the factory with onboard 10/100 LAN, 5.1 audio, IDE RAID and sometimes even IEEE 1394 (Firewire) as standard! With Serial ATA on the horizon, and hyperthreading desktop processors just around the bend this is certainly a good time to consider upgrading an older PIII to current technology.

From the chipset road maps we've seen, it looks like the i845 chipset will be around for a while and for good reason. It's fast, stable and cheap! What consumer doesn't love a chipset like that?

Special thanks to:

Abit Albatron

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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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