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Intel D810E2CA3 Motherboard Review

Intel D810E2CA3 Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: We are currently witnessing a flooding of high performance motherboards on the market today. These days, the fastest motherboard may only be marginally faster than the slowest ones available. Without a doubt, the mainboard and chipset market is no less than cutthroat. Though most users are accustomed to seeing such products available in abundance, a significant portion of the market remains interested on those products that focus upon the delivery of good business performance at a low cost.
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External Mfg. Website: Intel Mar 18 2001   P. Masrani  
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Intel D810E2CA3 Motherboard Review


We are currently witnessing a flooding of high performance motherboards on the market today. These days, the fastest motherboard may only be marginally faster than the slowest ones available. Without a doubt, the mainboard and chipset market is no less than cutthroat. Though most users are accustomed to seeing such products available in abundance, a significant portion of the market remains interested on those products that focus upon the delivery of good business performance at a low cost.

As we will see in this review, the Intel D810E2CA3 "Cayman 3" motherboard is one such motherboard providing very good performance in business applications at a reduced overall cost. The D810E2CA3 is based upon the Intel 810E2 chipset and comes outfitted with ATA 100 support, 4 USB ports, 4 PCI slots and 2 DIMM sockets in a micro ATX layout.

With a feature set like this, the line between business and high end motherboards seems to be a lot less defined.

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.

Specifications

¡¤ Form factor: Micro ATX
¡¤ Support for Intel Pentium III FCPGA & Intel Celeron FC PGA processors
¡¤ Two 168 pin SDRAM DIMM sockets (up to 512MB) clocked at 100mhz (non ECC, both single or double sided DIMMs within 32MB 512MB)
¡¤ Intel 810E2 chipset consisted of i82810E Graphics & Memory controller Hub (GMCH), i82801BA I/O Controller Hub (ICH2) and i82802AB 4Mbit Firmware Hub (FWH)
¡¤ I/O control based on SMSC LPC47M102 Ultra I/O controller
¡¤ Integrated video acceleration based on i82810E Graphics (unified memory architecture), optionally supported by 4 MB 133Mhz SGRAM (2 x 7 ns EtronTech chips)
¡¤ Peripheral interfaces: 1 serial, 4 USB ports , 1 parallel port, 2 ATA 100 IDE channels, 1 Floppy connector, PS/2 mouse & keyboard connector
¡¤ Expansion slots: 4 PCI slots (v2.2) & support PCI v2.3 (SMBus to slot 2 only), CNR socket
¡¤ Intel/AMI Bios, support for SMBIOS, ACPI 1.0b, APM 1.2 and PNP, Suspend to RAM
¡¤ Hardware monitor: Out of range voltage, chassis intrusion detect header
¡¤ Analog Devices SoundMAX 2.0 audio solution based on a single AD1885 CODEC (2 channels)
¡¤ Optional LAN controller based on Intel 82562ET with RJ 45 LAN connector, supporting WfM 2.0 and Wake on LAN connector


Our sample was equipped with the 4MB video cache and did not feature the LAN controller.

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Contents of Article: Intel D810E2CA3
 Pg 1.  — Intel D810E2CA3 Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  First Impressions
 Pg 3.  Integrated graphics performance

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