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Iwill WS133 i810E Motherboard Review

Iwill WS133 i810E Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: For the entry-level / budget conscious user, manufacturers have provided a solution to this market in the form of integrated motherboards. With onboard graphics, audio (usually in the form of an AC97 audio CODEC) and at times including RAID, SCSI, or an Ethernet solution, all-in-one motherboards have been accepted and implemented on a relatively wide scale.
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External Mfg. Website: Iwill May 18 2000   P. Masrani  
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Iwill WS133 i810E Motherboard Review


For the entry-level / budget conscious user, manufacturers have provided a solution to this market in the form of integrated motherboards. With onboard graphics, audio (usually in the form of an AC97 audio CODEC) and at times including RAID, SCSI, or an Ethernet solution, all-in-one motherboards have been accepted and implemented on a relatively wide scale. These products often deliver a little of everything at an extremely reasonable cost. Naturally, in order to keep manufacturing expenditure low and hence keeping the product as affordable as possible to the end-user, you normally will not find the "latest" and "greatest" components as a feature on such a motherboard.

Motherboards based upon the Intel 810 line of chipsets are a good example of this. With the video hardware etched into the chipset itself, Intel aimed to grab a good amount of the entry level market share. Furthering the concept of component integration, manufacturers have been squeezing in as much "candy" (read features) as possible while keeping costs to a minimum. Iwill is certainly no exception.

Their WS133 board reviewed here packs in plenty of useful features and is probably one of the best 810-based boards on the market. It is certainly the best 810-based board to come out of the PCStats labs. Of course, I don't want to give too much away (have I already?) so keep reading on. There are a couple of things that just might surprise you!

Iwill WS133 Specifications

- Intel 810E chipset (82801E GMCH + 82801 ICH)
- Support for the Intel Coppermine processor and VIA's upcoming Cyrix III CPU.
- 2 x 2MB Elite MT SDRAM chips running at 133MHz (7ns capable of 143MHz)
- 66 / 70 / 75 / 100 / 107 / 112 / 119 / 124 / 129 / 133 / 138 / 140 / 145 / 150 / 153MHz FSBs supported
- 2.0x - 8.0x clock multiplier in increments of .5x
- Voltage of Autodetect, +5% and +10%
- 3 168pin DIMM slots
- 6 PCI / 0 ISA / 0 AGP / 1 AMR slots
- ATA/66 support
- ATX form factor
- Hardware Monitoring
- Supports BIOS Writing protection
- Award BIOS 6.00 PG

Iwill's bypass of an 810E limitation

From the beginning, it was Intel's intention to keep the 810 chipset as a satisfactory entry level chipset and nothing more. Further enhancements and features would be implemented in their 820 chipset. One such feature lacking in the 810 is the ability to run your SDRAM at anything above 100MHz. Well, the brilliant engineers at Iwill have taken note of this and have implemented a route to increase SDRAM clock speed. Exactly what RAM speeds are attainable? We will find out soon enough!

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Contents of Article: Iwill WS133
 Pg 1.  — Iwill WS133 i810E Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  First Impressions / Installation
 Pg 3.  Winstone Performance and Gaming Performance
 Pg 4.  Overclocking and Stability
 Pg 5.  BIOS and Conclusion

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