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Battle of the i845 Titans; MSI -vs- Soyo -vs- Gigabyte - Specifications that matter

What happens when you take motherboards from MSI, Soyo and Gigabyte and mix them with an unlocked Pentium4 processor? How about some test results that will knock your socks off! Come join Cameron "Sov" Johnson as he takes a look at a trio of i845 based boards from these companies in a Battle of the i845 Titans. Let's see which will be the last one standing.

| Socket LGA 775 in Motherboards | Posted: May 1, 2002 4:00 am

Specification - MSI 845 Ultra ARU

 

- CPU

 

Supports Intel Pentium 4 1.4GHz ~ 2GHz Socket 478 CPU Willamette

 

Supports Intel Pentium 4 2.0GHz ~ 2.4GHz+ Socket 478 Northwood

 

- Chipset

 

Intel i845D AGPset

 

i82845D MCH

 

i82801BA ICH2

 

Intel Hub Architecture Interconnect at 266MB/s

 

- Bus Frequency

 

100MHz Internal

 

400MHz External

 

Netburst Micro Architecture

 

- Expansion Slots

 

1 AGP 4x (1.5v only)

 

5 PCI

 

1 CNR

 

- Expansion Ports

 

1 PS2 Keyboard Port

 

1 PS2 Mouse Port

 

4 USB 1.1 Ports (2 rear accessible, 2 via expansion bracket)

 

4 USB 2.0 ports (4 via expansion bracket)

 

2 Serial Ports

 

1 Parallel Port

 

3 Audio Ports

 

1 Game Port

 

- Special Features

 

BIOS overclocking control of FSB, multiplier, Vcore and VIO

 

Promise ATA-133 RAID Controller

 

NEC USB2.0 Controller

 

Specifications - Gigabyte GA-8IRXP

 

- CPU

 

Supports Intel Pentium 4 1.4GHz ~ 2GHz Socket 478 CPU Willamette

 

Supports Intel Pentium 4 2.0GHz ~ 2.4GHz+ Socket 478 Northwood

 

- Chipset

 

Intel i845D AGPset

 

i82845D MCH

 

i82801BA ICH2

 

Intel Hub Architecture Interconnect at 266MB/s

 

- Bus Frequency

 

100MHz Internal

 

400MHz External

 

Netburst Micro Architecture

 

- Expansion Slots

 

1 AGP 4x (1.5v only)

 

6 PCI

 

1 CNR

 

- Expansion Ports

 

1 PS2 Keyboard Port

 

1 PS2 Mouse Port

 

4 USB 1.1 Ports (2 rear accessible, 2 via expansion bracket)

 

4 USB 2.0 Ports (4 via expansion bracket)

 

2 Serial Ports

 

1 Parallel Port

 

3 Audio Ports

 

1 Game Port

 

1 SPDIF/Optical Out

 

- Special Features

 

BIOS overclocking control of FSB, multiplier, Vcore and VIO, Vagp

 

Promise ATA-133 RAID Controller

 

Onboard Creative SoundBlaster PCI128 Chip

 

NEC USB2.0 Controller

 

Specifications - Soyo P4I Fire Dragon

 

- CPU

 

Supports Intel Pentium 4 1.4GHz ~ 2GHz Socket 478 CPU Willamette

 

Supports Intel Pentium 4 2.0GHz ~ 2.4GHz+ Socket 478 Northwood

 

- Chipset

 

Intel i845D AGPset

 

i82845D MCH

 

i82801BA ICH2

 

Intel Hub Architecture Interconnect at 266MB/s

 

- Bus Frequency

 

100MHz Internal

 

400MHz External

 

Netburst Micro Architecture

 

- Expansion Slots

 

1 AGP 4x (1.5v only)

 

6 PCI

 

1 CNR

 

- Expansion Ports

 

1 PS2 Keyboard Port

 

1 PS2 Mouse Port

 

4 USB 1.1 Ports (2 rear accessible, 2 via expansion bracket)

 

2 Firewire Connectors (1 Internal, 1 on EZ Box)

 

2 Serial Ports

 

1 Parallel Port

 

3 Audio Ports

 

1 Game Port

 

1 SPDIF/Optical Out module

 

- Special Features

 

BIOS overclocking control of FSB, multiplier, Vcore and VIO, Vagp

 

Highpoint ATA-133 RAID Controller

 

Texas Instruments Firewire Controller

 

C-Media 8738 6ch Audio Controller.

 

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