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Intel D850GB P4 Motherboard Review

Intel D850GB P4 Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Intel are known more for their line of incredibly successful processors than their motherboards, but if the D850GB is any indication, they can definitely hold their own...
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External Mfg. Website: Intel Aug 24 2001   Max Page  
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Features: Expansion Slots, Memory

Expansion Slots

When we last looked at a Pentium 4 motherboard we were exploring what the 850Pro2 by MSI has to offer. In that case the board was limited to four PCI slots so it was nice to see that this time around the board we were reviewing had a more standard number of expansion slots.

A CNR is included, but most users will find it of little value. The CNR slot is designed to provide OEM's with an easy and inexpensive way to add additional audio, modem, USB or LAN interfaces.

The AGP slot accepts 1X/2X/4X cards that comply to the AGP2.0 specification and what operate at 1.5V. The AGP retention mechanism is a nice touch as well.

Memory Sockets

Based on a standard six layer PCB, Intel's D850GB is laid out in a fairly typical fashion for a Pentium 4 motherboard. The power connectors are grouped together on the edge of the board by the IDE and FDD connectors and the RIMM sockets are positioned nicely up against the processor socket.

The D850GB has two pairs of RIMM sockets for support of up to 2GB of RDRAM memory. The board will accept both PC600 and PC800 RDRAM utilizing either 128Mbit or 256Mbit technology. PC700 RDRAM is not supported.

As is the case with all RDRAM totting motherboards, RIMM modules have to be used in identical pairs. Each set of RIMM's must be of the same type, memory density and size. For our tests we will be using 128MB PC800 Samsung modules. When less than four slots are filled it is important to fill the remaining open slots with continuity RIMM's, also known as CRIMM's. A pair is included with the D850GB.

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Contents of Article: Intel D850GB
 Pg 1.  Intel D850GB P4 Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  i850 Chipset
 Pg 3.  — Features: Expansion Slots, Memory
 Pg 4.  Features: System Cooling and Heatsinks
 Pg 5.  Features: Processor Throttling
 Pg 6.  Rounding out the onboard features
 Pg 7.  Benchmark Systems Configuration
 Pg 8.  e-Testinglabs WinBench 99 and Productivity Benchmarks
 Pg 9.  Conclusions

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