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FIC AU13 nForce2-ST Motherboard Review

FIC AU13 nForce2-ST Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: FIC's AU13 takes over where the AU11 left off and add's the ever important Serial ATA ports.
 82% Rating:   
Filed under: Motherboards Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: FIC Apr 17 2003   Colin Sun  
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Heatsink Clearances and Overclocking

FIC did a fair job at clearing out the CPU socket area of obstructions, it's a shame the mounting holes are gone though.

PCStats Heatsink Clearance Measurements
Top Clearance: 15 mm
Bottom (cam) Clearance: 7 mm
Left Side (arm) Clearance: 18 mm
Right Side Clearance 16 mm
Socket Mounting Holes: N/A
Max. Heatsink Base Dimensions: ~86x76 mm

Note: Approx. measurements are made from the edge of the socket (not the clips) to the closest obstacle taller than the ZIF socket itself.

The socket is 51mm across, and 62mm from top to bottom.

Installation of heatsinks about the size of the Vantec AeroFlow is possible, but if you intend to use something larger like the Thermalright SLK-800 you may have problems (bending capacitors is probably required).


Because our nifty modded Socket A CPU cooler did not fit on the AU13's mounting holes (it was made specifically for another board) we did not have high hopes in terms of overclocking. The first thing I did was remove the Northbridge heatsink and replace the thermal pad with some regular white silicon paste, which should help things just a bit.

We started to raise the FSB slowly, only 2-3 MHz at a time but unfortunately our overclocking adventure maxed out at a rather unimpressive 173 MHz FSB. No matter what we did, we could not get the system stable past that mark. I'm pretty sure that it was the Northbridge that was holding me back here, perhaps if it had better cooling we could have gotten the AU13 higher.

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Contents of Article: FIC AU13
 Pg 1.  FIC AU13 nForce2-ST Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  What will you find on the AU13?
 Pg 3.  — Heatsink Clearances and Overclocking
 Pg 4.  The AU13 BIOS
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: SysMark2002, Winstone 2002
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: Winbench 99, SiSoft Sandra 2003
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: PCMark2002, 3DMark2001SE
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: QIII Arena, UT2003
 Pg 9.  Conclusions on the FIC AU13

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