You can also asynchronously adjust the FSB: The Ethernet simply uses the built-in soft networking capabilities of the ICH2 chip, and the connection to the outside world is made with a discrete Intel-manufactured phy physical layer chip. For example, even a simple streaming test like the one used in Audio Winbench shows a doubling of CPU utilization. The layout of this board is clean and there were no potentially serious installation problems. Stable, good set of tweak and overclocking options Cons: The company thoughtfully supplies the extra USB connector, which allows you to have four total.
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No tweaks available; finicky about PC memory Rating: In the mainboagd setting, you can tweak from — MHz. Intel manufactures the motherboards for several large PC manufacturers, including Dell 81e Gateway. Stable, onboard DVI Cons: Stable, good set of tweak and overclocking options Cons: The E and EP are each two-chip solutions.
When a card is inserted into the AGP slot, the integrated graphics of the E are automatically disabled. In the end, this motherboard is a decent solution for system integrators and white box shops that value stability and Intel support above performance and cost. You can also asynchronously adjust the FSB: Silkscreened labels identify pinouts for front panel connections.
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Best performer in the class; stable; highly tweakable Cons: In most cases, this makes little difference, but no fastwrites support makes the chipset ill suited for some high-polygon count 3D content creation applications. Performance was unremarkable, and getting even reasonable performance proved to be quite a chore.
The layout of this board is clean and there were no potentially serious installation problems. The E series supports the standard 66, and MHz frontside bus speeds by default, though some motherboard manufacturers allow for alternative FSB speeds. The company thoughtfully supplies the extra USB connector, which allows you to have four total.
Documentation was adequate for installing and setting up the board, though it could have been a bit clearer on the FSB setting jumper. For example, even a simple streaming test like the one used in Audio Winbench shows a doubling of CPU utilization. Being an Intel board, there are no options for tweaking memory or altering clock rate. In the end, the EP Pro is a solid, stable performer.
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After installing the Micron RAM, the DEEA performance proved to be on par with the other boards, although the memory bandwidth scores lagged a tad. Documentation is good, though quite dense. As befits an Intel board, the layout is clean and conservative.
There are several versions of the D; the one we tested included built-in Ethernet and AC97 audio. Note that the performance differences between these boards are small, so memory bandwidth is not the deciding mainobard. All of the boards were fairly close in most of the tests. The Ethernet simply uses the built-in soft networking capabilities of the ICH2 chip, and the connection to the outside majnboard is made with a discrete Intel-manufactured phy physical layer chip.
Intel is prepping an update to the for the Tualitin. On the other hand, motherboards are relatively inexpensive, so you can start with a modest budget and move up later. Layout a bit awkward Rating: However, we deactivated both onboard audio and networking for our performance testing. Intel supplies some useful utilities, including a Windows-based BIOS update tool that works quite well and is much easier to use than the DOS-based version.
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In raw scores, the EP Pro came in second, but the overall differences were too minor to be considered relevant. And all the while, it was stable, with nary a crash nor glitch in sight. The integrated DVI connector allows rpo builders to configure very compact systems with digital flat panel monitors for applications such as small kiosks in public locations.
The outermost of the six PCI slots is somewhat thinner than the rest—to better facilitate slot sharing with the lone CNR slot.
One interesting feature of this Intel board is the presence of a DVI connector directly on the motherboard.