Over at The Hardware Place, we got to see a some new motherboards, and
1 of them is the Foxconn 865PE7MC-ES. Foxconn had succeeded in making
this board a cheap, no frills board. Priced at SGD$ 125, it is no doubt
that this board is one of the cheapest LGA 775 board around:

The picture of the board. Based on Intel’s i865PE chipset, it is an
adaptation of the new and old. With LGA 775, and i865, users could fall back on
AGP and DDR1 memory instead of the higher priced DDR2 and PCIe graphics card.

The I/O back panel of this board. Even comes with Firewire! Not too bad for a
value board!

Next, also at Hardware Place we have the ASUS P4GD1.
Priced at a reasonable SGD$ 179, it is one of the best transition board
available. For those people who want to keep their PGA 478 processors, yet
indulge in technological advances, from the new Intel i915P / ICH6 chipset.


The usual ASUS AI Proactive design on the box.

The board. comes with 3 PCIe x1 slots, 3 PCI slots, and a single x16 slot for
graphics. Also, it comes with 4 SATA ports, featuring Intel Matrix storage
technology, and also, 2 PATA (that supports 4 IDE devices), 1 controlled by
ICH6, and the other by the onboard ITE 8212F RAID controller. It supports RAID
0, 0+1, and JBOD functions for the PATA sector.

The PCIe x16 slot, with the PGA 478 socket in the background. Such a sight,
with a blend of new and old together…

The model tag on the board. Revision 1.03 for this model available here.







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