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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 BD7II-RAID

Abit BD7II-RAID


Approx Price: $175 CDN ($100 US)
MFG Link: Abit BD7II-RAID
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 5 32bit PCI's
ISA None
CNR/AMR/ACR None
LAN 10/100 Realtek 8100B
Audio Realtek ALC650 5.1
USB 6 USB 2.0
Power Supply Pentium 4
Misc 2 Serial, 1 Parallel, WoL

We've always been fans of Abit's motherboard because they usually perform well and overclock like champs. Abit's previous motherboard, the BD7, was extremely popular because of it's good stock performance, and overclockability and it looks like Abit's new BD7II-RAID might be improving on those trends even further.

First off, Abit included IDE RAID into the equation as well as three DIMM slots. Rounding out the other features the BD7II-RAID has on board 10/100 LAN, 5.1 audio (software codec), 4x AGP slot and five PCI's. The board is based on a fairly compact ATX PCB, so it isn't very wide. To give you a better picture, it's about the same size as most old school i440BX motherboards which means it shouldn't have any problems fitting in any cases.

Abit's has the BIOS covered with their SoftMenu III. FSB's can be adjusted from 100 MHz to 250 MHz in 1 MHz increments as you probably already expect. The PCI Bus frequency can be set with dividers or locked at certain speeds altogether.

CPU Vcore can be adjusted to 15% above the stock values, and DIMM voltages can be up'ed to 2.7V. Of all the tweaks, we're a bit surprised that Abit only allows a maximum of 2.7V in the DIMM voltage. Overclocking brought us to a maximum of 159 MHz FSB.

Abit has to save some board space by mounting the CMOS battery vertical. With the battery mounted in this position it is only held in by three solder points so it's easy for one to snap the battery right off!

Bottom line, the Abit BD7II-RAID is a very good motherboard with its fair share of features and overclocking tools. Some higher VDimm settings would have been nice in the grand scheme of things, but most users probably won't care, and this could be adjusted with future BIOS revisions.

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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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