Aopen has been actively pushing out mainboards based on Pentium M since 2004, and at Computex, we saw Aopen introducing their latest innovation, A Pentium M mainboard based on a Desktop Chipset! let’s take a look at the Aopen i915Ga-HFS, Aopen’s latest breakthrough on the Pentium M platform.

Aopen has been actively pushing out mainboards based on Pentium M since 2004, and at Computex, we saw Aopen introducing their latest innovation, A Pentium M mainboard based on a Desktop Chipset! let’s take a look at the Aopen i915Ga-HFS, Aopen’s latest breakthrough on the Pentium M platform.

As mentioned in the introduction, the i915Ga-HFS is actually based on the Intel i915G desktop chipset and is the value counterpart of its renowned cousin, the Aopen i915GMm-HFS, the m-ATX board for Pentium M processor with DVI. The i915Ga-HFS is considerably scaled down in terms of features and is based on an Intel Desktop Chipset, thus cheaper than its mobile chipset based cousin. How will the board fare in term of performance? We’ll take a look at it in this review. First, as usual, the specs before we continue.

CPU Intel Socket 479 Processors, Pentium M/Celeron M 400/533Mhz, Dothan Core
Chipset Intel 915G PCI-Express Chipset with Intel ICH6
RAM Dual Channel Mode ,Support : DDR2 533 (DDRII 400/533MHz only) DDR2 DIMM x 4, Max Memory : 4GB
Graphics Integrated Intel Extreme Graphics 2 GMA900 VGA Engine in chipset
IDE 1 x ATA100 supporting up to 2 IDE drives
SATA 4 SATA150 provided by Intel ICH6 chipset
LAN Single Marvell 88E8053 Gigabit PCI Express LAN Chip
Sound Intel HD Audio via Realtek ALC880, 7.1 Channels
USB Up to 8 USB 2.0 ports provided by chipset, 4 on back I/O
IEEE1394 Agere IEEE1394a, up to 2 ports via onboard connector
Expansion Slots
  • PCI Express (PCIe x1) x 1
  • PCI Express x16 Graphics (PCIe x16) x 1
  • PCI x 3
Storage & Back I/O Connectors Floppy Drive Connector x 1
IDE Channel : ATA100 x 1
Serial ATA Channel x 4
USB Port x 4
LAN Port x 1
VGA Port x 1
D-Connector (D1, D2, D3, D4) x 1 (for Japan only)
DVI-i Connector x 1
Standard Video x 1
YPbPr Connector x 1
Speaker_Out x 1
Line_In x 1
Center x 1
MIC_In x 1
Rear Surround x 0
Center/Subwoofer x 1
Rear Surround/SPDIF_Out x 1 (Rear Surround only)
Side Surround x 1
Onboard Connectors Front Panel x 1
CPU FAN x 1
System FAN x 1
Chassis FAN x 1
Power FAN x 1
Power Temperature Connector x 1
CD_IN x 1
S/PDIF x 1
COM Port x 2
IEEE 1394 x 2
USB Port x 4
Printer Connector x 1
BIOS Award PnP 4Mb Flash ROM BIOS
Form Factor ATX
Board Size 305 mm x 220 mm

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