For those of you out there currently in the market for a P4 motherboard I have here for you two reviews on i845 based motherboards.
First cab off the rank is Overclocked Cafe with their road test of IWill's i845 based P4D motherboard. This isn't a board that is loaded down with options, as seems to be 'standard' on a lot of boards today (how many people actually use all of that stuff?)...but it does offer great performance, stability, and comes in at a good price. So, if you're in need of a 'no frills' type of performance board, this is one to check out.
Admittedly, this board isn't the biggest, baddest, fastest thing out there. In fact, it comes to the table without all the fancy doodads that most of us have come to expect out of a motherboard. There is no official support for the 133MHz FSB, or even ATA-133, for that matter. There is also no official support for memory over PC2100, or RAID, or USB 2.0. You're probably asking yourself. what the heck am I reviewing it for then, right? Well, the fact of the matter is. sometimes, you don't want all that stuff. Whether you're building a box for your significant other, or for your little brother or sister (so they'll keep their grubby hands off your tricked-out gaming box), or whomever. sometimes, you just want a nice, stable - but fast - motherboard that won't force you to sell your little brother or sister into slavery to afford it.More information at Overclocked Cafe
That's followed by Overclockers Australia's inspection report on ABIT's IT7 Max 2 motherboard, an i845E-based unit supporting DDR memory for the Pentium IV. It continues Abit's range of "legacy-free" motherboards, but does it have the tweaking and overclocking abilities we've come to expect from ABIT? What better way to find out, than to throw it into a Vapochill system and that's just what they did (but they checked out air cooling as well).
To make a rather long story short: at the very end we managed to run the (unmodified) Radeon 9700 GPU at 410 MHz and the memory at 365 MHz and at the same time the IT7 Max 2 at 3480 MHz. What we then saw was truly eye popping. After 3D marks of up to 11,000 with the maxed out GF3 TI500 we got with exactly the same P4 2.66 and IT7 Max 2 now a 3Dmark 2001 SE default score of almost 18,900 3D Marks.More information at Overclockers Australia