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Testing The E-Class: 9 Pentium 4 Motherboards With The 845E Chipset

Features Table

ManufacturerAbitAopenAsusBiostarGigabyte
ModelIT7AX4B Pro-533P4B533-EP4TDKGA-8IEXP
Chipset
SocketmPGA478mPGA478mPGA478mPGA478mPGA478
Clock (CPU/Bus)2271.45 / 133.182271.82 / 133.642271.56 / 133.422260.21 / 132.952277.61 / 133.98
Northbridgei845Ei845Ei845Ei845Ei845E
Southbridgei82801DBi82801DBi82801DBi82801DBi82801DB
Northbridge Fannonononoyes
Form FactorATXATXATXATXATX
Memory
Maximum RAM2048 MB2048 MB2048 MB2048 MB2048 MB
DIMM-Sockets3, DDR3, DDR3, DDR4, DDR3, DDR
Memory TypeDDR-SDRAM, unbufferedDDR-SDRAM, unbufferedDDR-SDRAM, unbufferedDDR-SDRAM, unbufferedDDR-SDRAM, unbuffered
ECC-Supportnonononono
Standard Components
Size (LxH)305 x244 mm305 x 244 mm305 x 244 mm305 x 244 mm305 x 230 mm
PCI Slots4x 32 Bit6x 32 Bit6x 32 Bit6x 32 Bit6x 32 Bit
AGP4x4x4x Pro4x4x
AGP Card Lockyesyesnoyesyes
ACR / AMR / CNR0 / 0 / 00 / 0 / 10 / 0 / 1 (optional)0 / 0 / 10 / 0 / 1
Parallel Ports01111
Serial Ports02222
USB internal/external2/6 (USB 2.04/2 (USB 2.0)4/2 (USB 2.0)2/4 (USB 2.0)2/4 (USB 2.0)
Fan Headers53323
IDE Controller2x UltraATA/1002x UltraATA/1002x UltraATA/1002x UltraATA/1002x UltraATA/100
Additional Components
Piezo Speaker OnBoardyesyesnoyesno
Wake on LAN (WOL)yesyesyesyesyes
Wake on Modem (WOM)yesyesyesyesyes
IrDA-Portyesyesyesyesyes
Chassis Intrusion Detectionyesyesyesnoyes
Temperature MonitoringCPU, SystemCPU, SystemCPU, SystemCPUCPU
Fan Status Monitoring3 of 5all (3)all (3)all (2)all (3)
100 Mbit Network ControllerRealtek RTL-8100BRealtek RTL-8100BLIntel 82562ETnoIntel 82562ET
IDE RAID ControllerHighPoint HPT374, 4-Ch.Promise PDC20275, ATA/133Promise PDC20276, ATA/133noPromise PDC20276, ATA/133
Firewire-ControllerTexas InstrumentsnoNECVIA VT6306VIA VT6306
SCSI-Controllernonononono
Sound System
TypeAC97AC97PCIAC97PCI
Manufacturer / ChipRealtek ALC650Realtek ALC650C-Media CMI8738C-Media CMI9738Creative CT5880
5.1 Surroundyesyesyes4-Ch.yes
Internal ConnectorsCD-in, AUX-inCD-in, AUX-in, SPDIF-outAUX-in, Modem-in, CD-inCD1-in, CD2-inCD-in, AUX-in
External ConnectorsIn, Out, Micro, Rear, Subwoofer, SPDIF-Out (opt.)In, Out, Micro, GameportIn, Out, Micro, SPDIF-in, SPDIF-outIn, Out, MicroIn, Out, Micro, SPDIF-in, SPDIF-out
Setup
CPU ConfigBIOSBIOSBIOSBIOS / JumpersBIOS
Selectable Multipliersautoautoauto / manualautoauto / manual
FSB Range / Increments100-250 / 1100-248 / 1100 - 200 / 1133 - 200 / 1100 - 255 / 1
Voltage
Vcore Range / Increments1.10 - 1.85 / 0.0251.10 - 1.85 / 0.0251.50 - 1.70 / 0.0251.10 - 1.85 / 0.0251.10 - 1.85 / 0.025
Vram / Increments2.6 / 2.7 / 2.9n/a2.6 / 2.7 / 2.92.5 - 2.9 / 0.1 (Jumpers)+0.1 / +0.2 / +0.3
Vchipset / Incrementsn/an/aVagp 1.5 / 1.6 / 1.7n/a(AGP) +0.1 / +0.2 / +0.3
Board and BIOS Details
BiosAwardAwardPhoenixAwardAward
Version8H1.0110040410VF4
DateMay 6, 2002June 6, 2002May 17, 2002April 10, 2002May 9, 2002
Motherboard Revision??1.020.911
Boot DevicesFloppy, LS120, SCSI, CD, HD 0-3, ZIP100, LAN, USBFloppy, LS120, SCSI, CD, HD 0-3, ZIP100, LAN, USBFloppy, LS120, SCSI, CD, HD 0-3, ZIP100, LAN, USBFloppy, LS120, SCSI, CD, HD 0-3, ZIP100, LANFloppy, LS120, SCSI, CD, HD 0-3, ZIP100, LAN, USB
Manual Interrupt Assignmentnonononoyes
Special Featuresno legacy components: no PS/2, no seriel, no paralleln/an/an/aEnglish, German, Spanish, French, Chinese. No Options to set memory timings, DualBIOS
Shared Interrupts?????
Clock GeneratorRealtek RTM360ICS95021BAFICS950224AFICS950218ASICS950223AF
Miscellaneous
Layout Issuesn/aSee EvaluationIDE Connectorsframed connectors
Model VariationsAX4B-533 (w/o ATA/133)
Shipment / Utilities
Manual / Qualitycomprehensivecomprehensive, but lousy englishcomprehensiveaveragenot included with test sample
LanguagesEnglishenglish onlyenglishenglish?
Quick Setup Guideyesyesyesno?
Cables3x IDE-80, 1x Floppy1x IDE-80, 1x IDE-40, 1x Floppy2x IDE-80, Floppy1x IDE-80, FloppyUSB adapter (3 ports), Firewire adapter (3 ports), SPDIF adapter (optical and coax out)
USB Adapteryes, 2 portsnoyes, 2 ports plus Firewire adapter w/ 2 portsnoyes
SoftwareNorton Anti Virus 2002, Adobe Acrobat Reader 5, Hardware MonitorNorton Anti Virus 2002, Norton Crash Guard, Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0, DocuCom Reader 2.0, AOConfigNorton Anti Virus 2002, Norton GhostAdobe Acrobat Reader 5, Norton Anti Virus 2001, Windows Utility
Miscellaneousno PS/2, no serial, no parallelDr.Voice Debugging System. Online manual also included on CDEasy Tune 4 Overclocking