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Intel's Strike Force: 19 DDR-Motherboards With 845 Chipset and DDR-Support


Board Revision: A

BIOS Version: A (November 20, 2001)

DFI is particularly successful in the OEM market and continues to penetrate the retail sector, as well. The manufacturer sent us the NB70-SC, which consists of 5 PCI slots, 2 DIMM sockets, a CNR slot and an AGP slot with a card lock system.

At first glance, the floppy connector at the bottom of the board looks unpractical, but this should not be too important, since the floppy disk is slowly disappearing.

The board seems to be designed for the OEM market, because there is no additional hardware. Essentially, this is the best way to offer cheap motherboards. Still, we believe that the PCB could have been smaller.

Overclocking is possible, thanks to the support of various FSB speeds between 100 and 132 MHz, but there is no option to modify either the CPU core or the memory voltage.

The BIOS is direct: it informs you about components that have to share interrupts and allows you to manually assign interrupts to all PCI devices. In addition, you can alter some chipset parameters that are only offered by DFI.

The package contains a floppy cable, an 80-pin IDE cable, a manual, a driver CD and PC-Cillin 2000 plus Hardware Doctor, which can be used to tap the board's monitoring features.