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DFI NS70-EL SiS645DX Motherboard Review - DFI NS70-EL - Page 7

With Intel and VIA battling it out over the high-end chipset market, many folks have missed a sleeper coming into the picture. SiS has brought into being a Pentium 4 chipset that supports most of today's top tier capabilities and makes for some very surprising (and pleasing) results in the benchmarking department. Come join Asher "Acid" Moses as he takes a hard look at the DFI NS70-EL featuring the SiS645DX chipset. The results just may turn your head.

| Editorials in Motherboards | Posted: Mar 28, 2002 5:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 9.0%Manufacturer: DFI

Conclusion

 

To sum things up, I was very pleased with most aspects of the DFI NS70-EL motherboard. It provided excellent performance, great features (onboard LAN, ATA133, sound), and most importantly, was very stable. The only complaints I had about the board were the bad placement of the ATX power connectors, lack of USB 2.0 and lack of voltage adjustments in the BIOS. Even without voltage adjustments, the board managed to overclock very nicely and its support for a 533MHz FSB will provide a lot of overclocking headroom for those of you with northwood based Pentium 4 processors.

 

As you saw from the benchmark results, unlike the AMD Athlon, the Intel Pentium 4's 400MHz (100MHz quad-pumped) bus can definitely take advantage of the extra memory bandwidth DDR333 provides over DDR266. The NS70-EL, equipped with Kingmax DDR333 memory managed to outperform the DDR266 equipped Abit BD7-RAID in all benchmarks.

 

Overall, I have no trouble recommending the DFI NS70-EL motherboard to anyone looking at upgrading in the near future. At a price of just under US$70, it is also one of the cheapest motherboards on the market.

 

- Pros

 

Fast

 

Stable

 

Extremely low price

 

ATA133 support

 

Onboard 10/100 LAN

 

Onboard sound

 

Great overclocking results

 

- Cons

 

Bad ATX power connector placement

 

Lack of USB 2.0

 

Lack of voltage adjustments

 

Rating - 9/10

 

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