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DFI NB76 i845G Motherboard Updated Review - Features

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

- Features


The NB76 has quite a few onboard features that will interest you. Firstly, it includes a Realtek RTL8100BL controller that adds 10/100 Ethernet support. This controller performed quite well during testing and it is certainly a welcome addition for those that cannot afford a PCI network card or just require a temporary solution.



It also features 6-channel audio through an AC'97 controller. This is not the highest quality onboard audio we have seen and there are much better onboard solutions available from manufacturers such as CMedia and Creative. That said, it is certainly satisfactory as a temporary solution or for those that rarely listen to audio on their PC.



The board features support for a total of six USB 2.0 devices, with four ports available in the rear panel and an optional bracket for the other two ports. I was rather disappointed to see that ATA133 support has not been integrated into the southbridge. Although there aren't many ATA133 hard drives available at the moment, it would have been nice to see ATA133 support included for those looking at upgrading in the near future.


One of the most important features the i845G chipset possesses is an onboard graphics controller. At the time of writing this review, this controller has not yet been named, however, all of Intel's pre-release whitepapers have it labelled as "Intel Extreme Graphics". For those that require higher quality graphics than the onboard video provided, there is also an AGP4x slot onboard. I will be benchmarking both an AGP card and the onboard video a little later on in the review.


If you decide to use the onboard video, DFI includes an add-in card that is placed into the AGP slot. This card adds a DVI output, a TV ouput and an S-Video output.




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