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  Iwill DVD266-R Motherboard Review 
  May 24, 2001, 09:00am EDT 
 

Specs, Box Contents & Installation


By: Dan Mepham


 Board Specifications
Form FactorATX
InterfaceDual Socket-370, 370-pin
ChipsetVIA Apollo Pro266, VT8633 & VT8233
Memory4 x 184-pin 2.5V DDR SDRAM (PC2100/PC1600)
GraphicsOff-board, 1 x AGP 2X/4X, 3.3V/1.5V
Expansion5 x 32-bit/33MHz PCI
I/O2 x ATA100 IDE Channels, 2 x ATA100 IDE RAID Channels (optional)
AudioC-Media CMI8738 HRTF-based
Bus Speeds66-200 MHz (1MHz increments)
VCore Range1.60V-2.05V (0.05V increments)
BIOSPhoenix D686

The box contents are fairly standard. Iwill includes an installation CD, and an FDD and two IDE cables. RAID drivers are provided on a separate diskette, and are omitted from the DVD266 package, versus the DVD266-R. Iwill provides a bag of spare jumpers, in case you drop one or two.

Weíd like to take a moment to talk about Iwillís Userís Manual. There are a great deal of grammatical errors. Not one or two or three, but rather more like three or four per page. In fact, the actual content of the manual is quite good, itís very thorough, as Iwill manuals usually are, the mistakes are purely grammatical. They certainly do not affect the information within the manual, as itís still easy to understand, and itís likely that quite a few people wouldnít even notice the mistakes. Nevertheless, itís unprofessional. Opening a page to be greeted with four glaring errors does not inspire confidence. We would encourage Iwill to have someone proof read the manual.

Installation was a bit tricky due to some layout issues, which weíll discuss in a little bit. Those aside, we encountered no difficulties. As always, we recommend installing VIAís 4-in-1 drivers, followed by video drivers, and DirectX, for optimal system performance and stability.



1. Introduction
2. Specs, Box Contents & Installation
3. The Pro266 Chipset
4. Layout & Features
5. Layout & Features Continued
6. Overclocking
7. Technical Support
8. Test Setup & Procedure
9. Test Results
10. Conclusions

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Iwill DVD266-R
Performance: 10/10
Stability: 9/10
Quality: 10/10
Features: 8/10
Layout: 6/10
Documentation: 6/10
Price: 8/10
Overall Rating: 9/10
 

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