Abstract: Taiwan's motherboard manufacturing industry is so tremendous that it can be deemed a cottage industry itself. I can't begin to count the number of manufacturers of mainboards out there...and I won't even try. All across the web you will find reviews for the big name boys such as Asus, ABit, Transcend, Soltek, etc. In this review, you will see the review for a mainboard made by a relatively unknown (well, at least I never heard of it until my father bought this board) company called Azza.
Other Features and Conclusion
Along with the
characteristics previously mentioned in this review, this Azza motherboard
sports of a TV OUT connector on the board itself which is used to connect to a
TV converter to facilitate output to a regular television. Also, a couple of
LED's are there on the motherboard indicating whether the system is in
"soft power" off mode or if the system is completely on. This is probably used
for diagnostic purposes to determine whether or not problems exist with the
components on the board.
The Azza PT-810DMC's main appeal is probably the fact that
it sports both the Socket 370 and Slot 1 connectors. This would be nice if one
is sure of a CPU upgrade in the future and it does keep options pretty open. But
the cost of a decent Slocket (Socket 370 to Slot 1 converter) costs around Rs.
450 ($10) so other than off the shelf upgradability, there isn't much appeal in
this. It just adds to the cost of the product.
The 3 PCI slots certainly limit
expansion options for people who may need it to add a PCI graphics card and
sound card. Though an AMR slot is available, AMR products are not readily
available in India as of yet. Other than that, performance is solid and it runs
pretty stable. The 3 DIMM slots are a plus as it allows greater expandability
for future memory requirements. All in all, this board is a decent all rounder
for the entry level to business user. And for a price of around Rs. 5300 ($118),
though on the slightly steeper side, isn't a bad buy at all. Azza's Air Bus is
Though not an active feature of the
motherboard, it is certainly useful on those rainy days when BIOS damaging
viruses attack. Users with greater performance needs may want to look elsewhere
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