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Motherboard Packaging And Components

The Elitegroup PF88 Extreme: An Athlon 64 or Pentium 4 Motherboard
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An extravagant motherboard like this one isn't cheap; that's why we expected knockout packaging and lots of extras. We weren't disappointed either, because in addition to many cables, we also found a USB extender, with a USB wireless LAN adapter for 802.11g designed to plug into that connection. This doesn't make up for the lack of a good wireless antenna - like those you'll find in other USB port adapters - but it is a pretty nice offering.

The WLAN-Stick for the USB port is nice. With the help of an extender cable one can get away from having to insert the adapter into the back of the PC.

Standard Use With Pentium 4 560

Testing the motherboard with a Pentium 4 installed turned out to be more difficult than we expected. But the motherboard itself wasn't at fault: it turns out that our test CPUs, designed for development, have slightly different multiplier features than production Pentium 4 models. Because of this mismatch we were sadly unable to test our system with FSB1066.

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