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Transcend TS-ABD4

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Transcend does not allow for much adjustment of the SDRAM timings in the BIOS, making it less suitable for end users. However, this could be ideal for OEMs that want to avoid problems caused by incorrect memory setup.

The hardware configuration consists of the following: an AGP 4x Pro slot; CNR slot; five PCI slots; three DIMM sockets; and an AC97 sound system. The TS-ABD4 is also available with on-board IDE RAID controller (Promise). Unfortunately, the IDE connectors for the optional RAID chip are at the bottom of the motherboard, which can easily cause problems in big computer cases, due to the limited IDE cable length.

There were no problems with stability during the tests; the TS-ABD4 performed well and ran reliably.