The End User Pays: 13 Boards With Intel 845GE/PE

Fujitsu-Siemens D1527/ D1547: Made In Germany, Continued

According to information from Siemens, it will not offer the option of adjusting voltage in the foreseeable future. Even stricter than the pope? Intel has loosened the reins somewhat with its current boards and offers options to make settings adjustments (overclocking known under the innocent name of "Stability Test"). This should give you pause for thought. The manufacturer aims for a special solution with the CPU socket, which is protected from warpage with a steel panel on the underside of the board. However, our experience has shown that the pressure of the cooler against the P4 CPU is unnecessarily strong. Installing the boxed cooler from Intel is only possible using gentle force. Updating BIOS is rather convenient with a tool (available from the website) that creates a boot diskette. A remarkable feature is the external temperature sensor that OEMs can optionally install. Now to the price. Considering the skimpy outfit, the manufacturer wants a whopping $184 for the "Dora" 1527 - the D1547 can be had for $169. However, these are end-user prices. The OEM pays less, depending on the number and the time of purchase. Last, but not least, a look at the benchmarks; no matter what discipline, Siemens had the worst showing by far.


The Tool System Guard 2.1 in action.


Display of all temperatures using System Guard.


Siemens does not provide for setting your own temperature ranges for the CPU and system.
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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