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DFI NB76 i845G Motherboard Updated Review - Conclusion

We were informed that the results we obtained from the DFI NB76 motherboard when we first published our review were faster than any others on the Internet. So we set about double checking to see if our results were correct by getting the motherboard tested by a different reviewer and doing all of the testings again from scratch. Sorry for any inconvience, we thought it was only right we updated our review, even at this late stage. Check out the updated review with updated benchmark results!

| Editorials in Motherboards | Posted: Jul 29, 2002 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 7.5%      Manufacturer: DFI

Conclusion

 

Overall, I was relatively pleased with the NB76, however, I did have a few complaints. Before I continue, you must keep in mind that the NB76 board is directed at the integrated, value market and not the enthusiast market. Like all integrated video solutions we have seen to date, the i845G's onboard video was not something to call home about. However, it is satisfactory for non graphics-intensive tasks and may be adequate for the odd bit of low-resolution gaming. The 10/100 Ethernet controller, 6-channel audio and USB 2.0 ports were a welcome addition and the layout of the board was thought out well.

 

Something that we've come to expect from past DFI products is stability. DFI are known for highly stable motherboards and the NB76 is no exception. Overclocking results were also very impressive and I was quite pleased with the amount of tweaking options available. Performance with an AGP card installed was on-par with the i845D chipset, however, DDR333 memory support would have increased performance even further.

 

Pricing for the NB76 has not yet been announced, however, judging from past DFI products the board should be priced significantly lower than the competition. The bottom line is, if you want a cheap, highly-integrated motherboard and do not play many games, you should definitely consider the DFI NB76. However, if you are an avid gamer and require high performance, you may find that chipsets such as the SiS645DX, P4X333 or i845E might be more appropriate.

 

- Pros

 

* Good performance w/ AGP card

 

* Low price

 

* Stable

 

* Good layout

 

* Great overclocker

 

* 10/100 Ethernet controller

 

* USB 2.0

 

* 6-channel audio

 

- Cons

 

* Onboard video will be inadequate for most gamers

 

* Lacks DDR333 memory support

 

* Lacks ATA133 Support

 

Rating - 7.5/10

 

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