So how about packaging this board in a violin case?
The DFI NB76-EA board based on the Intel 845G chipset.
Recently, DFI has not exactly been the center of attention, because its products have been lacking interesting features and a reason for purchasing them, and therefore fail to attract ambitious users shopping at their local electronics store. The manufacturer came up with an absolute hit a few years ago with excellent Socket 7 boards. These had even integrated 2 MB cache on the board, thus lifting the K6 CPUs to the performance level of a Pentium II.
Accessories included with the DFI NB76-EA.
Doesn't work with GeForce 4 Ti 4600: the DFI NB76-EA quickly crashed!
Back to the latest test: DFI sent the first NB76-EA to our lab in Munich, and we found that this version ran into many problems when used with DDR333 and the newest version of BIOS. We then quickly received another board from DFI, which had the same problems. The main reason for these difficulties was the BIOS from DFI: we were not able to get a GeForce 4 Ti 4600 graphics card (test basis) to run without errors. When booting Windows 2000, the card crashed when the start screen appeared. The only thing that helped was to downgrade the BIOS to version 1.0, but then, the board was only able to run error-free with DDR266. A positive aspect is that DFI is the only manufacturer to include both an AGP adapter card for TV playback as well as DIF for TFT monitors.
DFI NB76-EA was the only candidate to include an adapter card for the AGP port.
Another interesting thing is the included card reader, which accepts Smart Media, Memory Stick and GSM. An LED strip on the board gives you status reports. A slot bracket with digital audio interfaces (SP/DIF) completes the range of features. The benchmark results look a bit bleak though: due to the weak performance with DDR266, DFI often take last place. The only remaining comfort is that a re-worked BIOS just might be able to work wonders. By comparison, the features themselves are quite respectable. And so is the price. Within the industry, DFI is well-known for its very reasonable prices.
BIOS update on the Internet for the DFI NB76-EA.
- DDR333 Beats RDRAM: Intel 845G With Top Performance
- Integrated Graphics: 3D Is Unconvincing
- The Boards
- Asus P4B533-V: Slow To Learn, But Top Performance, Continued
- Aopen AX4G Pro: Black, Fast And Lean
- Epox EP-4G4A+: High Voltage For The Target Group
- Acorp 4D845G: The Weaknesses In Detail
- Gigabyte GA-8IGXP: Is There Still A Profit Margin?
- Intel D845 GBV: DDR266 Support, For Now
- DFI NB76-EA: Please Improve This!
- MSI MS-6580 (845G Max): Bluetooth Included, Low Price
- Jetway 845GDAL: (More) Performance With FSB Tricks
- QDI Platinix 8-A: A Step Forward
- Test Setup And Details
- OpenGL-Performance: Quake 3 Arena
- MP3 Audio Encoding: Lame MP3
- 3D Rendering Performance: SPECviewperf 7.0
- Archiving: WinACE 2.11
- SiSoft Sandra 2002 Benchmarks: CPU And Multimedia
- 3D Rendering: Cinema 4D XL 7
- On-board Graphics Performance: Quake 3 And 3D Mark 2001
- Conclusion: 845G Is On Its Way To Becoming The BX-Successor
- Features Table
- Features Table, Continued