ECS L4IBAE i845E socket 478

Thursday, September 12, 2002


Introduction

Today, we'll be reviewing a sample of ECS' L41BAE -- an i845E-based motherboard that we've had sitting in our "inbox" for quite some time, and which may likely be the last i845 board we ever recieve for testing.

Contrary to their usual habit, ECS chose to load the L41BAE with a number of extras. Not only did they decide to include a Promise PDC20265R RAID 0+1 controller, but also USB 2.0 ports, and a Realtek RTL8100B network controller.

The inclusion of an integrated sound-card embeded into the chipset rounds out the ensemble.

With that, let's get down to the meat of the review, and see what this board has to offer.

Characteristics of the ECS L4IBAE
CPU
Socket 478 supports the Intel Pentium 4 processor
Chipset
Intel 82845E & 82801DB
Form factor
ATX - 30.4cm X 24.4cm
Expansion
6 PCI - 1 CNR - 1 AGP - 6 USB
Memory
3X 184-pin DIMM up to 2GB DDR200/DDR266
FSB
133Mhz, 137Mhz, 139Mhz, 141Mhz, 143Mhz, 145Mhz, 150Mhz, 154Mhz, 160Mhz, 160Mhz 170Mhz 180Mhz 190Mhz 199Mhz
Vcore adj.
1.1 to 1.85v in steps of 0.025v
VDRAM Vadj.
NA
Audio chipset
Integrated into chipset


Configuration

Configuration of the ECS L4IBAE is accomplished from within the BIOS, which makes it quite simple and straightforward.

Once users have jumped into the BIOS system, they will find that most of the system's principal Overclocking features are located within the "Frequency/Voltage Control" menu.

These include a number of features, including, most importantly, the ability to set the FSB frequency to any of the values indicated above (please note that the L4IBAE's FSB cannot be incremented in 1MHz steps, but must be set to one of the indicated values).

Next, users have the option to alter the Vcore voltage by setting it to any of the values indicated (see above table). Unfortunately, the DDR, AGP, and Vio voltages are not user-adjustable.

The "Advanced Chipset Features" menu, for its part, also allows users to tweak a number of memory timing settings.

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