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i875P Roundup - Conclusion

Intel's 875P chipset offers superb performance, which we have seen today, provided that it's paired together with a new 800MHz FSB processor. If one's aiming to get the fastest motherboard available, it has to be based on Canterwood. To date, there are no other chipsets available from neither VIA nor SiS with support for 800 MHz FSB.
The price conscious, however, will do right by checking out the cheaper Springdale boards first. ABIT's IS7, for example, which we used as a reference board in this roundup, shows an astonishingly solid performance which almost equals with the Canterwood boards - and all this for a much lower price. Moreover, it will be fairly interesting to follow the manufacturers' BIOS updates for their Springdale based boards, as a handful of manufacturers already are boasting PAT support with new BIOS versions. We are also happy to announce that a review of ABIT IS7 will become available shortly.

If we should go on-topic again, we may point out that the 875P chipset has a lot to offer when it comes to integrated peripherals due to the new south bridge, which has given the manufacturers the ability to build cost-effective but still feature rich motherboards. This has really been proved in this roundup and no board that we've tested has been stingingly equipped.
Beyond that, it is easier to keep the PCB's surface clean from controller circuits, which in other cases are required to support a stabile set of features. This results in a cleaner overall appearance of the motherboard, which also has shown in our tests.
It also appeared that the motherboard manufacturers are finally putting some effort into the packaging and bundled accessories. MSI and DFI show the way with crammed cardboard boxes. The other manufacturers remain a tad modest, but yet show us that they've learnt a couple of things since last time. However, features and performance are not the only keywords we'd like you to remember. Overclocking is actually something that i875P manages elegantly, given that the manufacturers put some effort into making overclock-friendly motherboards. This also leads us directly to this evening's distribution of prizes.

The first place is shared by to close relatives, which have proven themselves to overclock better than any other Canterwood motherboard we've seen. They have a rich set of features at their disposal and last but not least are very beautiful.
Obviously, I am talking about ABIT's IC7 and IC7-G boards. These two boards made a great impression with their solid performance and stability. Of course, a first place also comes with a medal, or at least a small statue.

The MSI board opted for an interesting opponent, but the stability issues we encountered with our test board prevented it's success early in the review. It's most likely a defective copy, since MSI hasn't received any other reports of similar problems from other sources. The board is thus not given a true final grade, as we instead will try to get a fully working copy and simply update the review. But those grades we managed to set are absolutely promising.
There has been some controversy about the EPoX motherboard since it was reviewed. This is due to the new BIOS release that improved its overclocking potential remarkably and came out shortly after this review had been put up on the website. As you may read in the BIOS section of this article, we have been unable to redo the tests, but the board would undeniably have performed better in this respect, as the CPU voltage now may be raised to 1.85V.
DFI has with its Lanparty series taken a new step in the motherboard development and now offers a package of accessories never seen before. The board itself is also crammed with features, and the only thing missing is firewire, which however feels like a trifle in this matter. Unfortunately, the board is not surprisingly priced high, and it's BIOS and overclocking abilities can't compete with high-end boards, but we still recommend this board to anyone who's eager to be seen.
There's actually no board that we can't recommend among the boards we've tested, but we all have our favourites. In the present situation, the market of motherboards has come to a point where you can get exactly the board you want most of the time, and our assignment as reviewers has more or less become to enlighten you readers about what options that are available.

We at the editorial office, however, think of ABIT as the victor in this duel, but we're still truly disappointed that we can't give you a complete judgement of the MSI 875P Neo-FIS23 for the time being, which seems to be a motherboard with a capital M for that matter.


ABIT IC7/IC7-G

That was all for this time. Below you can find a summation of the different grades. Questions and discussions about these boards are highly welcome in the current thread.

ABIT IC7-G

Pros:
+ Superb performance
+ Exceptional overclocking potential
+ Lots of features and accessories
+ Supreme BIOS

Cons:
- High price

Price/Accessibility:
6.5/10
Features/Accessories:
9.0/10
Motherboard layout/Design:
9.5/10
BIOS/Settings:
9.0/10
Overclocking:
9.5/10
Performance:
9.5/10
Final grade:
8.8/10
ABIT IC7
Pros:
+ Superb performance
+ Exceptional overclocking potential
+ Attractive price
+ Supreme BIOS

Cons:
- Fewer features than on other boards
Price/Accessibility:
8.5/10
Features/Accessories:
7.5/10
Motherboard layout/Design:
9.5/10
BIOS/Settings:
9.0/10
Overclocking:
9.5/10
Performance:
9.5/10
Final grade:
8.9/10

DFI Lanparty 875Pro

Pros:
+ Very good accessory package
+ Almost a complete set of features
+ Nice design
+ Exceptional layout

Cons:
- High price
- Lacks firewire

Price/Accessibility:
5.0/10
Features/Accessories:
9.5/10
Motherboard layout/Design:
9.5/10
BIOS/Settings:
8.5/10
Overclocking:
8.5/10
Performance:
9.5/10
Final grade:
8.4/10
EPoX 4PCA3+

Pros:
+ Attractive price
+ Highpoint HPT374 controller
+ Stable overclocking
+ Exceptional layout


Cons:
- Occasionally bad layout
- Too low vcore

Price/Accessibility:
7.5/10
Features/Accessories:
8.5/10
Motherboard layout/Design:
8.0/10
BIOS/Settings:
9.5/10
Overclocking:
8.5/10
Performance:
9.5/10
Final grade:
8.6/10
 
Gigabyte GA-8IK1100

Pros:
+ Attractive price
+ Double BIOSes
+ Gives a complete impression
+ Firewire & USB 2.0

Cons:
- Unstable overclocking

Price/Accessibility:
8.5/10
Features/Accessories:
8.0/10
Motherboard layout/Design:
8.5/10
BIOS/Settings:
9.0/10
Overclocking:
7.0/10
Performance:
9.5/10
Final grade :
8.4/10
MSI 875P Neo FIS2R
Pros:
+ Unbeatable selection of features/accessories
+ Very good BIOS settings, especially for overclocking

Cons:
- Stability and incompatibility problems
Price/Accessibility:
6.0/10
Features/Accessories:
9.5/10
Motherboard layout/Design:
9.5/10
BIOS/Settings:
9.5/10
Overclocking:
-
Performance:
-
Final grade :
-

Lastly, we would like to thank all of the manufacturers that made this article possible!

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Innehållsförteckning

  1. i875P Roundup
  2. Intel 875P chipset
  3. ABIT IC7-G: Price and Accessories
  4. ABIT IC7: Price and Accessories
  5. ABIT IC7/IC7-G: Layout
  6. ABIT IC7/IC7-G: BIOS and Overclocking
  7. DFI Lanparty Pro875: Price and Accessories
  8. DFI Lanparty Pro875: Layout
  9. DFI Lanparty Pro875: BIOS and Overclocking
  10. EPoX 4PCA3+: Price and Accessories
  11. EPoX 4PCA3+: Layout
  12. EPoX 4PCA3+: BIOS and Overclocking
  13. Gigabyte GA-8IK1100: Price and Accessories
  14. Gigabyte GA-8IK1100: Layout
  15. Gigabyte GA-8IK1100: BIOS and overclocking
  16. MSI 875P Neo-FIS2R: Price and Accessories
  17. MSI 875p Neo-FIS2R: Motherboard Layout
  18. MSI 875P Neo-FIS2R: BIOS and Overclocking
  19. Test system
  20. Memory tests
  21. File compression: Winace 2.20
  22. Game tests
  23. Advanced 3D Benchmarks
  24. Overclocking: Benchmarks
  25. Conclusion - Du är här

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