Indeed, many motherboards don’t give you a choice; the two bus speeds are locked together. This all means two things. The P6IPA’s manual says it can take up to 1. The CUV tops that by a large margin. The floppy connector’s down past the BIOS chip. Everything’s pretty much where someone who’s seen a lot of motherboards will expect it to be. You can change FSB and voltages using jumpers and DIP switches, as well, but you get access to more settings by using the default “jumperless” mode.

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You can change FSB and voltages using jumpers and DIP switches, as well, but you get access to more settings by using the default “jumperless” mode. But it comes with a piece of Avance Logic software which encourages users to commit crimes against music.

I’ll give you all a moment to get your excitement under control, and change your pants. In the benchmarks where the total spread was more ece, the difference between the fastest SDR score and the fastest DDR one was still small. In case you haven’t been paying attention to RAM prices lately – yes, you read that right. It’s roughly as fast as a MHz Celeron – the slowest one commonly available nowadays – and it’s likely to lose by a significant margin to a cheaper MHz Duron.

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Including the RAM slots. This is a good place for them, and having all of the case connector headers in one line instead of the usual two-pin-wide block makes them easier to access. When Australian DDR memory costs the same as SDR – or near enough as makes no difference – then these boards will be a good choice; if the CUV is available then without its pricey RAM, or just at a more sensible price, then it’ll be a sensible option.


In their basic specifications, these two boards are similar.

ECS P6ISA-II – motherboard – ATX – Socket 370 – i815E

It all pretty much costs the same for a given capacity. There’s a connector on the board for two more USB ports, by the way, but you don’t get the actual ports-and-cable thingy that lets you use the connector.

Looking at it with the back-panel connectors facing away from you, the RAM slots are off p6isa-ui the right of the CPU, with a strange empty expanse to their right.

First up, that mainstay of scientific computing, Quake 2. It runs a low-resolution version of the two 3D game tests that 3DMark uses, seeing how fast a system can crank through them. But then you’ve spent money on video hardware you don’t need.

You can also change the CPU core voltage; again, you have to use manual jumpers p6isa-ij do it.


Everything else is a bit juggled-around, too. The P6IPA’s manual says it can take up to 1. The main Via chip’s under this hefty black-anodised heat sink, which has considerably more surface area than the usual low profile jobbies.

You can push past MHz with an overclock-friendly motherboard and a processor that p6ksa-ii to have some speed scs, and you can crank up the RAM speed to match. Retail buyers can’t get anything much to put in p6isa-il ACR slot; on this motherboard, all you could put there would be a crummy host-based modem anyway.

So I fired up Q2 in byno sound, and had at the industry standard Demo2, Massive1 and Crusher demos. Business apps, games, Internet applications; none of them care much about RAM speed. Well, a P-III with double speed memory looks like a good idea, doesn’t it? In software mode, everything you see on the screen is put there by the CPU, flogging away at main memory and using the graphics card as nothing but a dumb frame buffer.


The reason I used Quake 2 was because it’s got a software rendering mode. But hey, it doesn’t hurt. But you’re still in no danger of mistaking the one for the other. Quantity of RAM certainly matters; you need enough memory to stop your operating system, or any heavyweight applications you run, from having to pound away at hard disk virtual memory.

The CUV tops that by a large margin. Why the huge price difference? Even if you go for a more expensive EP board like the Black Pearl, you’re still only paying two thirds as much as the DDR board costs.

The audio hardware on the P6IPA is almost completely unremarkable – it gets the job done, and it’s all most people are likely to need. In real world tasks, though, the FSB bottleneck chokes the system performance down again, and the speed advantage of the tweaked-up machines barely shows above the noise floor.

That’s got to be good, right? But, for pretty much any task, if you didn’t measure the difference, you wouldn’t know it was there.