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Jetway P4845PEBL

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BIOS Version: F01 (June 20, 2003)

The Jetway offering is a compact board with 845PE chipset - and that's about it. To its credit, the Jetway board is at the bottom end of the price range, with a benchmark performance in the middle of the field, on occasion even higher.

The specification level is average. Five PCI slots, AGP 8X, two DIMM slots, a sound system with Realtek ALC101 codec, a VIA network controller, and a total of six USB 2.0 ports, two of which are available for immediate use. Other than the floppy connector, this is a sound piece of design. Similar connectors are grouped together and located at the edge of the board.

The BIOS is surprisingly well equipped for overclocking. Jetway gives you control over the FSB speed as well as CPU, memory and chipset voltages. The 845PEBL is one of the few boards that can be switched on with a wake-on timer.

This board is a fast, reliable performer. It does not offer many features but is keenly priced. Conclusion: the fact that there were no surprises here is a good sign. The FSB speed stumbles badly, which is well below specification at an unsatisfactory 536 MHz.

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