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Tough Battle For Customers: With Features And Color, Continued

The End User Pays: 13 Boards With Intel 845GE/PE
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The first, quick glance makes one thing crystal clear: the packaging used for the boards has never been so colorful and extravagant as in this line-up. With their attempts to make their products as appetizing as possible for the consumer, it's clear at this point what significance the producers have attached to the retail trade. Not that that's much of a revelation - we all know the sort of packaging that's taken off the shelf soonest. So what's it going to be? The eco-friendly cardboard box with the recycling symbol on it, or the colorful character with the viewing window and the reflective metallic finish? THG's not going to get into that particular argument. True to the saying: whoever shouts the loudest gets the most customers!

In addition to that, all the test boards set precedents with their functionality that reduces the discussion on the number of free slots to absurdity. After all, who needs six free PCI slots these days when almost all the components are already integrated into the board? In any case, this is definitely representative of a new trend. Competition among the manufacturers is also a battle for the most features. And there's a surprise in store for the user: the extra price you'll pay is well justified compared to last year's offerings. There is also an interesting development at chipset supplier Intel, as it has only recently resumed selling boards direct to end users, including the one in this test. In contrast to competing OEM suppliers (with the spotlight on cost-saving solutions), Intel is offering equipment that can keep up with the Taiwanese competition.

A long way from standard: fuses help guard against the USB 2 ports becoming overloaded. On the left, the Fujitsu-Siemens solution; on the right, the Asus.
Summary
  1. Introduction
  2. Tough Battle For Customers: With Features And Color, Continued
  3. Price Check: Chipsets For Pentium 4
  4. From 3.06 GHz: New Cooler Design For The P4
  5. The Boards
  6. Asus P4PE/ GE: Now Fully Equipped At The Old Price, Continued
  7. Asus P4PE/ GE: Now Fully Equipped At The Old Price, Continued
  8. Aopen AX4PE/ GE Max: Silent Solution And Overclocking
  9. Aopen AX4PE/ GE Max: Silent Solution And Overclocking, Continued
  10. Aopen AX4PE/ GE Max: Silent Solution And Overclocking, Continued
  11. Biostar P4TGE: A Colorful Package With FSB Tricks
  12. Biostar P4TGE: A Colorful Package With FSB Tricks, Continued
  13. DFI NB78-HL: Meager And Low-priced
  14. Gigabyte GA-8PE667 Ultra/ 8GE667 Pro: Mega-Equipment
  15. Gigabyte GA-8PE667 Ultra/ 8GE667 Pro: Mega-Equipment, Continued
  16. Gigabyte GA-8PE667 Ultra/ 8GE667 Pro: Mega-Equipment, Continued
  17. Fine Feathers Make Fine Birds: The Iwill P4HT-S
  18. Fine Feathers Make Fine Birds: The Iwill P4HT-S, Continued
  19. Storming The Market: Intel D845PEBT2
  20. Storming The Market: Intel D845PEBT2, Continued
  21. Fujitsu-Siemens D1527/ D1547: Made In Germany
  22. Fujitsu-Siemens D1527/ D1547: Made In Germany, Continued
  23. Fujitsu-Siemens D1527/ D1547: Made In Germany, Continued
  24. A Naked Candidate: QDI Platinix 2E/ 333
  25. Comparison Of SDRAM, DDR SDRAM And RDRAM Bandwidths
  26. Benchmarks Under Windows XP SP1
  27. DirectX 8 Games: 3D Mark 2001 SE
  28. MP3 Audio Encoding: Lame MP3
  29. SiSoft Sandra 2002 Benchmarks: CPU And Multimedia
  30. Multimedia Performance: PC Mark 2002
  31. 3D-Rendering Performance: SPEC Viewperf 7
  32. Archiving: WinACE 2.2
  33. Overview: Features Of All Boards Tested
  34. Overview: Features For All Motherboards, Continued
  35. Overview: Features For All Motherboards, Continued
  36. Conclusion - Asus Offers The Best Mix
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