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  Iwill P4R533-N Motherboard 
  Jul 15, 2002, 08:30am EDT 
 

What We Liked


By: Dan Mepham

Stability - First and foremost, the P4R533-N proved to be a wonderfully stable board, as weíve come to expect of Iwill products. During normal usage in our labs, the board did not experience a single hiccup, which is more than we can say for some others.

On-Board LAN & Audio - Weíre starting to see this on more and more boards nowadays, and we love it. With the prevalence of broadband connections, even most home users now require a network card in their systems, and thereís no reason it shouldnít be right on the motherboard. Itís a great way to save $20 on a network card, and free up a PCI slot. Certainly there are higher-quality controllers out there than the Realtek, but for 95% of the users out there, itís more than sufficient.

The on-board audio is excellent as well. Opt for the digital-capable riser, and youíll get one of the highest quality on-board audio subsystems available on the market (and one of only a few that offer digital I/O at all). Both the networking and sound can be disabled in favor of add-in PCI cards, if desired.

Userís Manual - I have personally chided Iwill on more than one occasion for the poor quality of its Userís Manuals. Apparently I wasnít alone, as the P4R533-Nís manual very obviously presents a concerted effort at improving quality. Every single connector and jumper is documented, with a Function, Description, and More Information heading listed for each, complete with diagrams. Hardware installation is well-documented, again including diagrams, and configuration and BIOS options are explained clearly and concisely. Excellent.

Package Quality - One of the most underappreciated aspects of marketing and production of PC components nowadays is the ability to leave the consumer with a feeling of quality. Right now, Iwill does it better than any other motherboard manufacturer out there. The physical packaging is superb, and Iwill goes out of its way to offer a complete kit, including an ATX I/O backplate, and even a little bag of extra jumper caps in case any get dropped in the carpet. Big deal, you say? Itís not, but when youíre trying to earn repeat customers in a rather tough market, which do you think will work better, a well-packaged, complete kit, or a board crammed into a small cardboard box with a two-page Quick Install Guide?



1. Introduction
2. Basic Overview
3. Up Close and Personal
4. What We Liked
5. What We Didn't Like
6. Setup & Synthetic Benchmarks
7. Benchmarks Continued
8. Summary

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Iwill P4R533-N Motherboard
Performance: 8/10
Stability: 10/10
Quality: 9/10
Features: 7/10
Documentation: 10/10
Price: 7/10
Overall Rating: 8/10
 

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