"Tualatin" Pentium 3 1.20GHz. Review

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Intel's "Tualatin" PIII 1.20GHz. Processor
Encore From a Classic

By, Jeff Bouton
July 31, 2001

Quality & Setup of the Intel D815EEA2 Motherboard
This Thing Has Everything...

When it comes to the D815EEA2 motherboard, the designers at Intel haven't left much out.  This board is a complete system wrapped up in a single motherboard.  Whether you want to set up a high quality workstation or personal server, the D815EEA2 has all the trimmings for a complete system.  The D815EEA2 is a compete system solution with 4X AGP on-board video, on-board sound support using the AD1885 codec, and integrated LAN connectivity.  The best part is there are still more goodies to come.  Let us move on, shall we?

The D815EEA2 comes with 3 DIMM slots supporting up to 512MB of PC100/133 RAM.  We found this board to be very neat and placement of key components excellent.  The power connector is mounted in position on the perimeter of the board, assuring that the wiring will not obscure the airflow of the CPU cooler.  Notice the ample room around the Socket 370.  The capacitors are placed far enough away so as not to inhibit the installation of a larger heat sink assembly.  What is that connection at the top left hand corner of the picture?  Hmm, let's take a closer look.

The D815EEA2 comes with a Digital Video Output Header which supports flat-panel, digital CRT or TV-Out cards.  So if you are willing to pay the price for a digital or flat-panel monitor, it should be comforting to know that you wouldn't have to work a video card into your budget that supports this feature .  Intel has included so much in one board, yet they've allowed for a decent amount of expandability too.

Usually when we review a board that includes 5 PCI slots, we don't complain too much, but always wish they'd add a sixth one.  In this case, it is hard to make that argument.  With so many features built into this board, a user would be hard pressed to come up with enough add-on components to fill every slot.  However, with the obvious room for an additional slot, no need for a CNR, and LAN connectivity already integrated into the board, it would have been nice to see Intel incorporate a 6th PCI slot anyway

This motherboard also boasts 4, count'em...4 USB connections off the back of the board, which is a priceless feature to this reviewer.  Although USB is supposed to be "Universal", there are numerous components that like to be first in line or they will not work.  This gives the user a lot of flexibility if they are planning on using several external USB components.

Let us move on to the BIOS and see what ties everything together...





When it comes to the BIOS, there isn't much to say.  It's a dry read.  Intel has always focused on building quality motherboards that perform well and that are known for their stability.  With that said, you will not find any tweaks in the BIOS that would allow the adjustment of the Bus speed or anything else that would stress components beyond their design.  For the most part, the D815EEA2 is designed to run at specified settings, nothing more, nothing less.  Thinking about overclocking?  Forget it.  This is a board designed for the serious user who wants performance and stability, period.

So without much to tweak in the BIOS, let us move on to the benchmarks and see how the new "Tualatin" runs the numbers...


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