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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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Epox 4BEAV

Epox 4BEAV


Approx Price: $140 CDN ($80 US)
MFG Link: Epox 4BEAV
Processor Intel Pentium4
Northbridge Intel i845E
Southbridge Intel ICH2
Supported FSB 100/133 MHz
Form Factor ATX
DIMM Slots Two PC1600/2100
Max Memory 2 GB
Integrated Video No
Shared Video Memory N/A
IDE 2 Ultra/100
AGP 4x AGP, 1.5V Lock
PCI 4 32bit PCI's
ISA None
CNR/AMR/ACR None
LAN 10/100 VIA VT6105
Audio Avance Logic 2.1 AC'97
USB 6 USB 2.0
Power Supply Standard ATX
Misc 2 Serial, 1 Parallel, WoL,

The Epox 4BEAV we tested appeared to be an engineering sample, and there were still a few quirks in it. One of the first things we noticed about the motherboard was that it used the older ICH2 southbridge, rather then the newer, USB 2.0 compatible ICH4. To make up for the USB 2.0 deficiency, Epox equips the 4BEAV with the VIA VT602 USB 2.0 chipset.

Another thing that bothered us was the very close proximity of the IDE ports to the AGP slot. We had to wrap the IDE cables around the Albatron GeForce4 Ti4600 test card. Needless to say it was a little too close for comfort when you're dealing such an expensive videocard!

Performance wise, the motherboard was "middle of the pack" and performed as expected during testing. It is loaded with a ton of overclocking features in the BIOS, but seemed still to be quite "beta" as it wasn't very good at overclocking.

Overall the Epox 4BEAV is a good board, but given the choice between it and the other Epox motherboard in the round up I'd have to side with the latter.

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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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