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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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First Impressions / Installation



Iwill's packaging of the WS133 motherboard is nothing less than superb. A strong box with a additional internal shield protects the motherboard quite well during transit. Included along with the board are an ATA/66 hard disk cable, a floppy drive cable and a small pouch with 3 extra jumpers are included in case you find yourself misplacing those which are already on board. Though this evaluation sample did not include it, retail pieces do have an ATX I/O plate as the board does not totally conform to the typical ATX layout.

Being an 810e board, the video-out connector takes the place of the COM2 connector found in ATX boards without on-board graphics. Naturally, a separate serial port riser is included with its backplate which will reside in one of your cabinet expansion slots. The CPU retention module is already fitted on the board which will save you the time (and the hassle) of having to install it yourself. As an added feature, Iwill decided to incorporate two thermistor headers. Quite neat really!

The 82-page manual which is included with the board is one of the most thorough that I have ever seen. Stark black and white photography shows you how to install your motherboard and its components step by step. Detailed instructions are what make this manual one of the most user friendly guides out there, something which many manufacturers out there can learn from.

Layout wise, this board sports a very clean, simple and organized design. Its ATX headers are similar to what you would expect aside from the video out connector which replaces the usual COM2 port. Wisely, Iwill chose to add the COM2 header on the far left side of the board away from the proximity of any cables, components or jumpers. The hard disk and floppy headers reside in front of the DIMM slots and in my cabinet, the HDD and floppy cables did not overlap the SDRAM modules by a great degree. Addition and removal of DIMM's proceeded without hindrance.

Adjoining the CPU slot are eleven 1200uF capacitors to aid in the delivery of a clean CPU signal. If that isn't enough, you can find 7 1200uF caps in the immediate vicinity of the DIMM slots. Iwill certainly did not spare any expense here.

In short, the Iwill WS133 adheres to the philosophy of assemblers and computer enthusiasts alike in terms of ease of access and optimal airflow.

Being an 810-based board, installation of drivers went smoothly. In this case, I downloaded the latest drivers from the Intel website. For those of you familiar with 810 installation, you will recall the need to install software which actually served as a "pre-install" for the actual INF files. Since then, Intel has combined the 810 chipset driver and the INF setup files in one.

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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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