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FIC VC19 I845E Motherboard Review - Conclusion

Two or three years ago it used to be easy to name every motherboard on the market. These days though, with so many different motherboards to choose from, it's indeed a hard task, in this fierce new market place which we are now blessed with. One of these motherboards is the new FIC VC19 which is based on the I845E chipset for the Pentium 4 platform. The TweakTown labs haven't seen much from FIC lately - Do they have what it takes to bring the VC19 into our hearts as an enthusiast level motherboard? Read on as Cameron "Sov" Johnson gives us an answer.

| Socket LGA 775 in Motherboards | Posted: Jun 30, 2002 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 7.5%      Manufacturer: FIC

Conclusion

 

FIC have produced a well featured Pentium 4 motherboard that would fit into the small server/ backup PC line. For the enthusiasts, FIC needs some extra work especially in the overclocking department.

 

While FIC have given us RAID and LAN onboard with USB 2.0 for all the compatibility with new and upcoming hardware, the overclocking of this board is not at all up to scratch. FIC have only given us one overclocking option, FSB adjustments...and even these are very sketchy at best. No voltage tweaks means the Pentium 4 processors will need to overclock like hell on the default voltage, to run on this board at overclocked speeds.

 

Stability and compatibility wise, the FIC board is fantastic. We did not experience a single crash or piece of hardware that wouldn't run on this board. FIC seem to have gotten this bit right.

 

Finally, FIC have a reasonably good board on their hands - Tweak of the memory settings, give us a better overclocking system and you would have a board to be proud of.

 

Pros

 

-Stable

 

-RAID

 

-USB 2.0

 

-Hardware Sound

 

-Excellent hardware layout

 

Cons

 

-Very limited in overclocking

 

-Slower than most Intel boards

 

Rating 7.5 out of 10.

 

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