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Intel D810E2CB Motherboard Review

Intel D810E2CB Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Most of us are familiar with Intel through their long and successful presence in the processor business. They have also managed to accrue a good portion of the budget/OEM market with their i810 based products. Intel is about to introduce a new motherboard based on the i810E2 chipset the D810E2CB.
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External Mfg. Website: Intel Feb 25 2001   P. Masrani  
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Intel D810E2CB Motherboard Review


Most of us are familiar with Intel through their long and successful presence in the processor business. They have also managed to accrue a good portion of the budget/OEM market with their i810 based products. Intel is about to introduce a new motherboard based on the i810E2 chipset the D810E2CB.

As we will see in this review, this product has some unique characteristics that set it apart over other integrated low cost motherboards . And aside from low cost computer systems, Intel intends to put this product to work in various other purposes.

About the i810E2 Chipset

The i810E2 is an integrated chipset whose graphics are based on the 82810E Graphics Memory Controller Hub (GMCH). The GMCH handles all graphics and main memory system workload. It also features ACPI functions and all known power management features.

Also part of the i810E2 chipset is the 82801BA I/O Controller Hub (ICH2) which directly connects motherboard peripherals such as the graphics, memory, the AC97 controller, a LAN controller, the ATA 100 controller, 4 USB ports and PCI add in cards and provides for a 266 MB/sec bandwidth (twice the bandwidth of the PCI bus).

The system and video BIOS are situated in a 4Mbit Firmware Hub (FWH), the 82802AB. Interestingly, the D810E2CB features a firmware chip made by SST instead of the Intel's own 82802AB.

The board we received is a pre production sample and included the optional LAN controller and connector.

The D810E2CB is by far the smallest motherboard tested here at PCstats. In fact, it is one of the smallest motherboards ever made. The size derived from its FlexATX form factor makes it ideal for ultra small sized systems and for other specialized applications where system space is limited. As this board features a video accelerator, in built audio (AC97) and a network board, all of which are integrated, no additional cards are necessary for system operation. With that being the case, the D810E2CB sports 2 full sized PCI slots and 2 DIMM slots.

The board layout is very well designed: all sockets and slots are well positioned, allowing easy hardware installation. 2 fan headers are provided and the CPU socket itself can handle mid sized heatsinks. It is the interference of a single capacitor which prevents the use of much larger cooling solutions.

A system speaker and a USB header for 2 additional USB ports have been provided.

The D810E2CB features Intel's Rapid BIOS Boot which reduces the POST and BIOS booting process by about 80%. BIOS flashing within the Windows operating system is allowed with the Intel Express BIOS Update utility.

Included with this board comes Norton Internet Security 2000; a suite of applications consisting of the following applications: Norton Antivirus 2000, Norton Personal Firewall, Norton Privacy Control and Norton Parental Control. Encryption Plus Secure Export, which allows compression and encryption of confidential information, has also been included in the software bundle.

System operating power and thermal conditions can be monitored with Intel's Active Monitor, which unlike other monitoring applications requires only 1% of system resources. All of the aforementioned software along with the board's unified drivers can be installed easily through Intel Express Installer.

The installation of the D810E2CB was simple and problem free. Installing of Windows 98 and all the board's drivers was a snap driver maturity has always been evident in Intel based platforms. There is also a very useful ATA utility in the latest driver set which displays the ATA protocol and allows the configuration of each IDE peripheral connected to the system.

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Contents of Article: Intel D810E2CB
 Pg 1.  — Intel D810E2CB Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Test Bed Setup and Benchmarks
 Pg 3.  Integrated Graphics Performance

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