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Iwill P4ES i845E Motherboard Review

Iwill P4ES i845E Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The P4ES has IDE RAID, Serial ATA, 5.1 audio and support for various portable media (compact flash, secure digital cards and memory stick).
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External Mfg. Website: Iwill Oct 28 2002   Colin Sun  
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More onboard features & FI Panel

I'm not a fan of having device connectors to the left of the CPU socket. The ports there are, the more cables have to run in front of the CPU fan which obstructs airflow. Well there are a total of six connectors to the right of the CPU Socket it may get real busy in front of the processor!

The Main ATX power connector is also too close to the CPU retention mechanism so it's very difficult to remove the power supply cable once it's plugged in.

You probably noticed that P4ES only has two DIMM slots, but since the i845 chipset can only address a maximum of four banks and since almost all the DDR you buy out there is double sided, having a third DIMM slot would actually be useless.

FI (Fantastic Interface) Panel:

Since the P4ES supports so many different forms of portable media (compact flash, secure digital and memory stick) Iwill has decided to make things easy on the user and they created the FI Panel. The FI panel also has headphone and MIC jacks as well as two USB ports. The secure digital and memory stick both communicate to the computer via the USB ports, but we were surprised to see that the compact flash uses an IDE interface! After a bit of thinking, it donned on me that the compact flash port is also compatible with the very large micro drives.

Iwill's first attempt at a multi function I/O front mounted panel is a good one, but it's not exactly the prettiest thing to look at. Unless you have a need to use the media ports, I can't really see anyone installing this thing onto their computer (it's useful, just not that great to look at).

As with the Iwill P4GS, the P4ES is a value oriented motherboard and does not support many overclocking options. The P4ES auto detects your CPU to see if it's a 400 MHz or 533 MHz; if it detects that your chip is a 400 MHz version you'll be limited to a maximum of 132 MHz FSB. Since the test processor we used in this review is a 1.6A, we couldn't go above 132 MHz FSB in our tests.

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Contents of Article: Iwill P4ES
 Pg 1.  Iwill P4ES i845E Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  — More onboard features & FI Panel
 Pg 3.  The BIOS
 Pg 4.  Benchmarks: Sysmark 2002, Winstone 2001
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: Winbench 99, Sandra
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: PCmark 2002, 3DMark 2001
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: QIII Arena & Conclusions

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