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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 BG7

Abit BG7


Approx Price: $150 CDN ($90 US)
MFG Link: Abit BG7
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
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 AC'97
USB 6 USB 2.0
Power Supply Pentium 4
Misc 2 Serial, 1 Parallel, WoL,

Abit's BG7 is based on the i845G chipset and so it performed slightly better than other i845E based boards in most of the benchmarks. In terms of features the BG7 is a bit lacking however; supporting just on board 10/100 LAN and 5.1 audio (software codec). Most other motherboards in this roundup have IDE RAID, but that isn't the case here which is a real shame.

As with the very popular BD7II-RAID, the Abit BG7 is a small motherboard, measuring only half a centimeter wider then a GeForce4 Ti4600 is long. This small sized ATX motherboard shouldn't have a single problem fitting into even the most cramped desktop cases. The motherboard comes with on board Intel Extreme Graphics, and for those of us who actually like to play games, a 4x AGP (1.5V lock) slot is ready and waiting for a more powerful videocard. With five PCI's, you should have ample room for expansion in the future.

The BIOS on the BG7 makes use of Abit's SoftMenu III and so it comes with all the tweaks we've come to love as overclockers and performance users. FSB options are adjustable in 1 MHz increments from 100-250 MHz and we have the ability to set and lock AGP/PCI speeds. Vcore goes up to 15% above stock values, and DIMM voltages goes as high as 2.8V.

The BG7 BIOS brings to the table a whole host of neat memory features such as a 3/4 memory divider, and a 4/5th memory divider as well. This is extremely useful when overclocking as it can help provide more memory bandwidth to the CPU.

From an overclocking standpoint the Abit BG7 turned out to be the best overclocker of the bunch, allowing us to hit a 166 MHz FSB. Sure it's only a little bit higher than others but free performance is always good. =)

There's nothing we really didn't like with the ABit BG7, except perhaps the placement of the IDE connectors. The BG7 faces a similar issue that the Epox 4BEAV also shares; those connectors come very close to the capacitors on the Ti4600.

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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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