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Iwill WS133 i810E Motherboard Review

Iwill WS133 i810E Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: For the entry-level / budget conscious user, manufacturers have provided a solution to this market in the form of integrated motherboards. With onboard graphics, audio (usually in the form of an AC97 audio CODEC) and at times including RAID, SCSI, or an Ethernet solution, all-in-one motherboards have been accepted and implemented on a relatively wide scale.
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External Mfg. Website: Iwill May 18 2000   P. Masrani  
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Overclocking and Stability

As a Celeron 400MHz CPU is being used in this review, one of the more common speeds used in overclocking this CPU is 83MHz. To my surprise (and to yours I am sure), is the lack of an available 83MHz FSB setting! After contacting Iwill and reporting this matter, their response was (I am paraphrasing here) "...since an 83MHz FSB would cause the PCI bus to run at 41.5MHz and since we experienced some problems ourselves before board release, we decided to remove this option from the BIOS ...". Hmm, funny isn't it? In my experience, many PCI based peripherals work absolutely fine at 41.5MHz.

Of course, I was not there in their presence when these tests occurred so any further criticism would be unjustified. Perhaps it could have been due to the high DRAM speed when running the board at 83MHz. With a 75MHz FSB, the SDRAM frequency is already at 113MHz (see the table below). Going higher would only bring the need for PC133 RAM.

Shockingly enough, I was able to take the Celeron 400MHz to 600MHz (100x6). Though it was not stable at this speed, the system did get into Windows 98. Unfortunately, when attempting to load any application, I would come across the well known blue-screen of death. This speaks a lot of good about the WS133.

Never in the past have I ever gotten so far into Windows on this Celeron 400. I can only assume that at 83MHz (500MHz CPU clock speed), this board would have been solid as a rock. You also have the option of bumping up the voltage of your CPU by +5 and +10 of Vcore. Feel daring? You can also increase chipset voltage (Vio) by +5% and +10% as well.

As mentioned earlier on the first page, the WS133 does allow for RAM speeds in excess of the 100MHz. This is something that I have not personally witnessed on any other 810-based board that has come my way. Depending upon the officially supported FSB of your CPU, the following overclocking options (along with RAM speeds) are available...

In addition to the experiences I faced with a 100MHz overclock, a 75MHz bus speed proved successful as well. This may not be anything extraordinary but I find it interesting considering I was using a 128MB PC100 (10ns) memory module. I do believe that the WS133 can go pretty far in overclocking situations for just about anyone.

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Contents of Article: Iwill WS133
 Pg 1.  Iwill WS133 i810E Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  First Impressions / Installation
 Pg 3.  Winstone Performance and Gaming Performance
 Pg 4.  — Overclocking and Stability
 Pg 5.  BIOS and Conclusion

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