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Transcend TS-ABR4/NR

Board Revision: ?

BIOS Version: 1.0

Transcend's TS-ABR4/NR has 5 PCI slots, 2 DIMM sockets, an AGP 4x Pro slot, AC97 sound system with two line-ins plus a Promise IDE RAID controller. We found the on-board network controller from Intel to be quite useful, too, as you can easily hook up your computer to DSL or other networks via RJ45 cable.

Transcend sticks exactly to the specifications: the 2.2 GHz processor was run at 2199.92 MHz. For overclocking, the FSB speed can be adjusted between 100 and 132 MHz in single MHz increments. Unfortunately, there is no way to increase the CPU core voltage, which could have made it possible for extreme overclocking. Three fan headers are also included.

Only a few motherboards support booting from USB devices, and Transcend is one of them. Just think about a ZIP disk with a small Linux installation, or booting from a USB CD-ROM to install Windows. The BIOS also gives you the option to assign interrupts manually. You can also find out which interrupts are shared. It's 4 and 5 with the TS-ABR4/NR.

The box includes all the necessary cables, a driver disk with the RAID drivers, a comprehensive manual and a CD with drivers and utilities.