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Massive nVidia nForce2 Motherboard Roundup

Massive nVidia nForce2 Motherboard Roundup - PCSTATS
Abstract: Despite a bit of a delay at the release of the nForce2 chipset, nVidia appears to have learned their lessons well and have not made the same mistakes twice.
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External Mfg. Website: various Jun 29 2003   Colin Sun  
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8RDA+'s twin, the FIC AU11

FIC AU11 Motherboard

Ships with the following:

  • IDE ATA66/100 Cable
  • FDD Cable
  • Driver CD
  • Utilities CD
  • User Manual
  • Quick Install Guide
  • Rear I/O Back Panel

  • USB 2.0 Bracket
  • IEEE 1394 Bracket
  • Game Port Bracket
  • Doesn't the FIC AU11 looks a lot like the 8RDA+ minus the Port 80 diagnostics card huh? Until recently FIC was better known for their strong OEM ties rather then their retail products. As for who really manufactures the AU11/8RDA+ we're not sure... but it doesn't really matter anyway.

    With a retail price of $130 CDN, ($97 US) the AU11 is slightly more expensive but it does come with nVIDIA soundstorm audio, 10/100 LAN and IEEE 1394. If you need something a bit more the FIC AU11 is easily expandable with its six PCI slots and lone 8x AGP port. The BIOS that accompanies the AU11 is extremely powerful and should satisfy even the most hardcore of overclockers out there.

    Going back to onboard audio, these days most manufacturers include a CPU sapping audio software codec just so that their motherboard comply with the standard marketing check list. That's why we were so pleased to see that FIC went out of their way to include the awesome nVIDIA SoundStorm 5.1 Dolby Digital soundcard on the AU11.

    Because the 8RDA+ and AU11 are identical, all the faults that we mentioned about the 8RDA+ apply to the AU11 as well. We would have liked to see FIC include a Port 80 diagnostics card on the AU11 as well, after all the silk screen is there. FIC chose to go with the same Northbridge heatsink that Epox used and it's going to be the first thing that an overclocker changes. While it's just fine at stock speeds, it'll definitely hold back any overclocker in search for a high FSB.

    Performance of the AU11 is very good, it scored very well during benchmark testing and was an excellent overclocker. If you can find the FIC AU11 at a reasonable price by all means pick it up. It'll certainly keep you happy.

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    Contents of Article: various nforce2
     Pg 1.  Massive nVidia nForce2 Motherboard Roundup
     Pg 2.  The Pioneer - Asus A7N8X
     Pg 3.  Super Budget MSI K7N2-L
     Pg 4.  The awesome Epox 8RDA+
     Pg 5.  — 8RDA+'s twin, the FIC AU11
     Pg 6.  FIC's second go with the nForce2, the AU13
     Pg 7.  Magic who? Oh Soltek...
     Pg 8.  Abit, ahh wonderful Abit...
     Pg 9.  Small but powerful, Albatron KM18G Pro
     Pg 10.  Black Beauty, AOpen AK79G MAX
     Pg 11.  The Epox 8RGA+
     Pg 12.  Feature Rich MSI K7N2G-ILSR
     Pg 13.  System Spec's and Benchmarks
     Pg 14.  Benchmarks: Winstone 2002
     Pg 15.  Benchmarks: PCMark2002
     Pg 16.  Benchmarks: 3DMark2001SE
     Pg 17.  Benchmarks: Quake III Arena
     Pg 18.  Benchmarks: UT2003
     Pg 19.  Overclocking and Conclusions

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