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Chaintech 9CJS Canterwood Motherboard Review

By: Cameron Johnson | Editorials in Motherboards | Posted: May 10, 2003 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 9.0%Manufacturer: Chaintech



Chaintech might be one of the most liberal with their portfolio but when a board comes out it stands out in the crowd.


Layout of the board was on par with 99% of the Pentium 4 market, with only that 1% pulling off the perfect layout. Cable clearances and placements of the IDE, FDD and 20 pin socket were what we could class as being in the best possible places, with only the 4 pin being the one to complain about. The idea of colour coding isn't a totally new idea but it is one that we are glad to see Chaintech has included, this makes for setting up the Dual Channel memory much easier than having to go through the book to find the right slot for each configuration.


The onboard preferals were nothing short of great. Using the Intel Serial ATA controller to give RAID is a great bonus along with the trusted VIA Firewire controller. Adding Dual Ethernet was something that was a shock to us. While most of us don't need dual Ethernet, you can use it to boost your LAN speeds with dual ports on a router or switch, either way it's still nice to have two ports.


Overclocking on the board was good in that we managed to get some high FSB speeds out of the 9CJS, the only bad part on the FSB front is that it maxes out at 250, which might seem high but with a 2.6C 800FSB P4, 250MHz is a very limiting number. Voltages were pretty well high enough to gain a successful high end overclock, however, we would have liked to see more voltage steps for the CPU rather than 3 simple +0.1, +0.2 and +0.3


Overall the Chaintech 9CJS is defiantly at the head of the class at this stage released with some great features onboard and potential for future use.


- Pros






Onboard Firewire


VIA Envy 24bit Sound




Remote Control Access to PC


- Cons


Placement of 4 pin ATX Connector


Limited FSB max


Too few CPU voltage options


Rating: 9 out of 10 and TweakTown's Editors Choice



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