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FIC AN19E KT400 Motherboard Review - The Motherboard

After some early trials and tribulations, the new KT400 seems to have most of the bugs worked out of it. But just what can this new chipset mean to the hungry AMD enthusiast? Come join Tio Chaharbaghi as he takes a look at the FIC AN19E and tries to answer this very question. Is it worthy of an upgrade? Come see for yourself!

| Editorials in Motherboards | Posted: Nov 19, 2002 5:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 9.5%Manufacturer: FIC

The Motherboard

 

 

The motherboard has a normal dull green PCB. This resembles the color of the famous EPoX line of motherboards. The thing that stuck out the most as soon as I looked at this board was the AGP slot. Normally on a green PCB you have a brown AGP slot but FIC decided to be different. The AGP slot color was changed to purple.

 

 

Above, you can see the back panel of the AN19E. It is quite different from your normal ATX panel. They have added two extra USB ports on the right of the panel as well as made the sound ports vertical rather then horizontal. You can also notice that this board does in fact come with on board LAN.

 

 

The CPU has been nicely placed. A lot of motherboards have the socket the other way (the clips for the heat sink to clip onto facing the power supply) which makes it hard for you to install/remove your HSF inside your case. There are about 5-6 resistors around the socket and there seems to be ample room for users to install even the biggest HSF. We had no problem installing a Volcano 7 on to it as well as an SK6.

 

 

The FIC AN19E comes with three DIMM slots supporting up to 3GB of RAM. The AN19E supports up to DDR 400 in the BIOS. It would have been nice for FIC to include a 4th DIMM slot like a lot of other motherboard manufacturers.

 

 

Below the CPU socket is where the Northbridge is located. It is cooled by a normal aluminum heatsink with no active cooling. It also would have been nice if FIC could have included some sort of fan cooling on top of the Northbridge. On the flip side, there are no reports that state that the KT400 Northbridge runs excessively hot like that of the SiS 648 based boards.

 

To the right of the Northbridge is where the ATX power connector is placed. The AMD based motherboards don't require a second power source like the Pentium 4 based motherboards (12v connector). Below the ATX connector is where you have another fan header. That fan header is placed well and is where you can plug your exhaust fan in.

 

 

The FIC AN19E is classified as a FULL ATX motherboard. It has a normal PCI/AGP setup which isn't very different than any other motherboard in its class out there. It has six 32-bit PCI slots and one AGP 8X slot. Not any ordinary AGP slot, a purple one!

 

Below the 2nd and 3rd PCI slot you see the KT400 Southbridge. This basically controls everything in the lower portion of the motherboard. It does not have any cooling whatsoever on it, since there is really no need.

 

 

Above you can see a snapshot of what powers all the RAID functions on the AN19E. FIC has opted to use the HighPoint HPT372 chipset for this motherboard. HighPoint has definitely always put out quality based RAID chipsets providing fast and reliable setups.

 

 

Above is a snapshot of all the IDE connectors on this board. On the right, placed vertically, you have your normal two IDE connectors supporting UDMA 33/66/100/133. Below that, placed horizontally, you have your two RAID connectors supporting RAID 1, 0 and 0+1. Finally, on the far left, you have your FDD connector. Although a lot of people have stopped using Floppy drives, they are not extinct yet and it's nice to see motherboard manufactures still including them.

 

 

One of the biggest features/upgrades that the KT400 has over the KT333 chipset is the implementation of Serial ATA. The FIC AN19E is powered by the Silicon Image SATA LINK chipset. Unfortunately, we had no Serial ATA HDD's to be able to test these features out. Look out for a future article on Serial ATA and its performance.

 

 

Above you can see a snap of the Serial ATA connectors on the FIC AN19E. Compact and by its specifications seems to be fast. What else could you want?

 

 

The AN19E onboard audio is powered by the AC'97 ALC650 chipset. You can see a snapshot of the chipset above. This audio chipset supports up to 6 channels and is definitely a great leap from your normal low performing onboard audio.

 

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