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Lucky Star P4A845D

Board Revision: 0.1

BIOS Version: 1.0 (November 5, 2001)

The P4A845D comes with 5 PCI slots and 2 DIMM sockets (maximum 2 GB). It is the only board that supports neither Wake-On-LAN nor Wake-On-Modem, the former of which is a useful feature. There are several monitoring options (CPU and system temperature, fan rotation speeds) and lots of FSB settings between 100 and 132 MHz. Unfortunately, Lucky Star does not provide the option to modify the CPU core voltage. An AC97 sound system makes the P4A845D ready for all kinds of multimedia.

This motherboard scores points for its layout, because the PCB is pretty clean except for the power connectors, which are all over the board - but that's quite normal with other motherboards too. No components would prevent you from installing full-size PCI cards, and even the AGP is not hindered by other motherboard components. All flat cable connectors are at the very edge of the board.

The P4845D is also available with an IDE RAID controller from Promise (PDC20265R). In the package, we found an average manual, a driver CD an a full set of cables. Unfortunately, there is no adapter cable to make use of USB ports 3 and 4.

Due to the limited hardware features, we expect the Lucky Star board to be available at very attractive prices.