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Intel Desktop Board Examination


Posted: March 13th, 2002
Written by: Tuan Huynh



Introduction



When it comes to deciding on a main board for a Pentium 4, most people would think Asus, Abit, or other manufacturers. Not many people would think of Intel for main boards. Intel started making mainstream main boards for sale around the time of the 440BX, anyone remember Intelís Seattle 440BX board? Well I donít either, but it was one of Intelís better known boards. The SE440BX was one of the first BX boards out and was utilized by a lot of OEMís including Dell and Micron PC.

Every time Intel launches a new chipset or new Socket for their processors, there are usually a few motherboards that accompany the launch. Usually the Intel boards are disregarded by enthusiasts due to their conservative performance, which is respectable since the boards offer rock solid stability for everyday users and corporate users. While the Intel boards arenít bad performers, they usually are behind a bit in comparison to the product offerings from Asus and Abit. One thing about the Intel boards that usually stand out are the feature set it sports, Intel is usually one of the first board manufacturers to implement what they think will be the next big thing in integration. This includes the recently announced USB2.0 standard for Universal Serial devices.

Today we will be taking a look at two Intel boards; the D850MV-SE and D845BG. In this article we will take a different approach at examining the hardware, rather then concentrating on benchmarks, weíll concentrate more on the feature set and the technologies that are integrated on the boards such as USB2.0, SoundMax, and Rapid BIOS Boot.


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