Page 2:Comparison: Chipsets For P4
Page 3:The Boards
Page 4:Albatron PX845G Pro II: A Newcomer Shows Potential
Page 5:Chaintech CT-9BJF Drew A Blank
Page 6:Fujitsu-Siemens D1387: Far From Exemplary
Page 7:Liteon NA121: They Don't Come Cheaper Than This
Page 8:Soltek SL-85MR2-L: Second In The Speed Stakes
Page 9:Test Setup And Details
Page 10:Benchmarks Under Windows 2000
Page 11:OpenGL-Performance: Quake 3 Arena
Page 12:DirectX 8 Games: 3D Mark 2001
Page 13:MP3-Audio-Encoding: Lame MP3
Page 14:SiSoft Sandra 2002 Benchmarks: CPU Und Multimedia
Page 15:CPU- Und Multimedia Performance: PC Mark 2002
Page 16:Archiving: WinACE 2.11
Page 17:3D-Rendering Performance: SPECviewperf 7.0
Page 18:3D-Rendering: Cinema 4D XL 7
Page 19:DDR333 for P4: 16 Boards with Intel 845G - Part II
Page 20:Features Table
Page 21:Features Table
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Fujitsu-Siemens D1387: Far From Exemplary
The Fujitsu-Siemens D1387 retail packaging exudes functionality.
The Fujitsu-Siemens D1387 came up short in the tests.
The complete Fujitsu-Siemens package.
Motherboards made by German-based Fujitsu-Siemens have a very good reputation among German OEM manufacturers, thanks mainly to Siemens' highly automated production techniques, which are unmatched by the competition in Asia. The work performed exclusively by machines in Augsburg, Germany, is entrusted to a human workface by smaller manufacturers in the Far East. So we were all the more surprised by the D1387 sent to us for testing. We had barely begun when the first error occurred: the latest Siemens BIOS identified the Pentium 4/2533 as a Celeron 2533. Then, the benchmark tests revealed that the manufacturer had developed the board for conservative consumers with little interest in high performance. We conducted testing in silent mode, but just before the CPU cooler started up automatically, the processor switched to throttling mode.
The D1387 disappointed in the tests, identifying the Pentium 4/2533 as a Celeron, despite the latest BIOS.
The 'Enhanced Cooling' option in the D1387 BIOS resulted in the Pentium 4 continuously switching to throttling mode when under a heavy workload.
This error message appeared just as we were about to install the enclosed 'Systemguard' tool.
To sum up: during performance tests, the silent mode has to be deactivated. We suggest adjusting the automatic CPU fan to cut in about 5 degrees earlier to prevent the loss of performance that occurs when the processor switches to throttling mode too soon. To overcome this problem, we turned to the enclosed 'Systemguard' tool. However, attempts to install the tool were cut short with the message, "No thermal control hardware available Systemguard not possible." Although the Fujitsu-Siemens is equipped with the Intel 845G chipset and could therefore support DDR333 RAM, the manufacturer has chosen to stick to the letter of Intel's validation guidelines. This limits the maximum memory clock to 133 MHz, for DDR266, with the predictable result that the D1387 came in a resounding last out of 16 in the benchmark tests. Since the board is strictly for sale to OEM clients only, there is no retail price. All in all, it was a less than glorious entry from one of Germany's top manufacturers.
Assembly is nevertheless second to none - Fujitsu-Siemens's Spartan board is perfectly put together.
Still a rarity - SMD transistors in the controller.
- Comparison: Chipsets For P4
- The Boards
- Albatron PX845G Pro II: A Newcomer Shows Potential
- Chaintech CT-9BJF Drew A Blank
- Fujitsu-Siemens D1387: Far From Exemplary
- Liteon NA121: They Don't Come Cheaper Than This
- Soltek SL-85MR2-L: Second In The Speed Stakes
- Test Setup And Details
- Benchmarks Under Windows 2000
- OpenGL-Performance: Quake 3 Arena
- DirectX 8 Games: 3D Mark 2001
- MP3-Audio-Encoding: Lame MP3
- SiSoft Sandra 2002 Benchmarks: CPU Und Multimedia
- CPU- Und Multimedia Performance: PC Mark 2002
- Archiving: WinACE 2.11
- 3D-Rendering Performance: SPECviewperf 7.0
- 3D-Rendering: Cinema 4D XL 7
- DDR333 for P4: 16 Boards with Intel 845G - Part II
- Features Table
- Features Table
- Features Table