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Azza PT-810DMC i810 Motherboard Review
Azza PT-810DMC i810 Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
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.
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External Mfg. Website: Azza Apr 12 2000   P. Masrani  
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Test Bed, Graphic Performance

Power Management

Like any motherboard on the market these days, this Azza mainboard has the usual options for power management and methods for power on/off as the BIOS is ACPI compliant. In order to take advantage of various ACPI features, your OS must support it. Windows 98 and 2000 does.

There are quite a number of power up options. A couple of them exist in through the keyboard. You can either boot up the machine through a password or using a hot key when keyboard OnNow functions are enabled. Under these circumstances, the mainboard scans the keyboard for any activity waiting for the correct password or hot key even though the system power is off (the standby 5V is still working and the power LED on the keyboard is still active).

If you have a PS/2 mouse, you may change the setup in the BIOS and use mouse clicks to turn on system power. You can also boot up the PC at a particular time and date which makes it useful for performing scheduled tasks during unsupervised operation. Regular modem ring in and Wake on-Lan features are available as well.

Test Bed Setup

For performing the benchmarks on the Azza PT-810DMC, the following hardware was used:

- Celeron 400 CPU
- Azza PT-810DMC motherboard
- 8.4GB Quantum Fireball CR (ATA/66 enabled)
- 96MB PC100 SDRAM (CAS-2)
- 3dfx Voodoo3 3000 AGP
- Windows 98

Graphics Performance

As previously mentioned, this Azza mainboard comes equipped with the Intel 810 GMCH to provide for your normal everyday and 3D accelerated graphics. The point of the comparison is not exactly to put down the graphics subsystem of the 810, but rather to provide you, the viewer, with what to expect when it comes to 3D performance and decide for yourselves whether or not the performance is satisfactory to your needs.

For comparison purposes, I have used the 3dfx Voodoo3 3000 AGP to go up against the 810 GMCH.

As you can see, under Quake2, the Voodoo3 3000 totally dominates the 810 GMBH. And remember that this motherboard does not have an AGP slot so you cannot upgrade your system with a high performance AGP based 3D accelerator card. Your options are pretty limited to a few TNT2 based boards and to the Voodoo3 3000 PCI card. There are other cards out there, but you are really restricting yourself to choices, not to mention restricting the level of performance. So think carefully!

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Contents of Article: Azza PT-810DMC
 Pg 1.  Azza PT-810DMC i810 Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  The Graphics subsystem
 Pg 3.  — Test Bed, Graphic Performance
 Pg 4.  Winstone, Overclocking and Other Features
 Pg 5.  Other Features and Conclusion

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