Intel 865PE Springdale boards 4 way shootout (1)
Shootout of 4 boards
Springdale is the latest chipset from Intel targeting the desktop users and gamers. Considered as the scale down version of the Canterwood, it is designed to deliver a balanced platform with innovative features valued by home and office PC users. The Springdale chipset is designed to deliver improved productivity, stability and reliability for corporations' desktop PCs. Features include Intel's next generation integrated graphics, soft RAID, a new architecture designed to increase Gigabit Ethernet networking performance, dual channel DDR400 memory and Intel Stable Driver Technology.
In most of the implementation of the boards we tested, all the boards comes with IEEE 1394, USB 2.0, 6 channel audio etc. This is becoming a standard among board makers. Most boards pairs up the north bridge with ICH5R south bridge. The ICH5R provides 2 ports of SATA and can be in a RAID 0 raid array. The ASUS P4P800 has lots of nice features on board as it is equipped with a 3COM Gigabit Ethernet. It also has a WIFI connector for wireless LAN, USB 2.0, 1394, SATA RAID 0, IDE RAID 0, 1, 0+1 or JBOD, Dual Channel DDR400. P4P800 is definitely worth checking out. Believe it or not, this board offers performance level of a Canterwood board. FSB up to 400Mhz.
Chaintech 9PJL provides the basic ICH5 south bridge and does not provide SATA RAID nor IDE RAID, it comes bundled with CBOX for immediate connectivity to media and an impressive package. USB 2.0, 1394 are available like most other boards. FSB up to 255Mhz.
EPoX 4PDA2+ is a board designed for those who has lots of money to spend on HDD as it has RAID ports for IDE RAID 0/1/0+1 and SATA RAID 0 and 1 (SiliconImage SIl3112A) and SATA RAID 0 (ICH5R). This makes it the first board we see having the possibility of hooking up to 2 IDE HDD + 4 IDE HDD (RAID1+0) + 2 SATA RAID 0 (ICH5R) + 2 SATA RAID 0/1 (SiliconImage). The board comes equipped with a Broadcom Gigabit Ethernet controller.
FIC 865PE Max is the most colourful board we tested to date. With bright colours, it is not difficult to identify the ports purposes. I particularly like the AGP retention unit on this board. It is so much better than the common ones you see on most boards. This board uses ICH5R and provides only SATA RAID 0.
Below are links to the galleries of the 4 boards. Once you are done, you will be brought back to this page and you may check out the benchmarks of the 4 boards being compared to other Canterwood boards and be surprised.
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