I can say quite candidly
that I expected the Intel D850GB to be a stable Pentium 4 motherboard that did
would not outperform the MSI 850Pro2. What we saw from the benchmarks however
showed us that in addition to making a very powerful processor, Intel has also
managed to produce a very competitive motherboard that can easily hold its
The downside is of course
that the D850GB offers no tweakable settings to the performance user or
overclocker, while on the other hand the MSI 850Pro2 comes packed to the gills
with them. Apart from this, and the inclusion of only one serial port the D850GB
is an excellent P4 solution.
The board is well laied out,
and Intel does include some useful hardware monitoring applications in a package
that retails for about $150 USD. I would suggest that non-overclockers looking
for a good platform for their socket 423 Pentium 4 consider this board.
Sure the onboard added-value
features are slight, but armed with a good video and sound card you could
easily bring this motherboard up to an attractive position. The performance is
there, and in terms of stability, this board is superb.