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

What We Didn't Like


By: Dan Mepham

Sparse BIOS Settings - Compared to some other boards on the market (not to mention some of Iwill’s other boards), the P4R533-N offers relatively few BIOS settings for those who like to dabble. Arguably the most important for an 850E board -- the ability to manually specify a 3X or 4X RDRAM multiplier -- is present, but little else. Core voltage is adjustable through the BIOS, as is the FSB speed, however settings are limited to a handful, with FSB speeds limited to a maximum of only 156 MHz (624 MHz FSB). This situation could be at least partially remedied with a BIOS update.

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Optional Sound Risers - We like the on-board audio, but we feel that the 6-channel analog riser should be standard, with the digital riser as an optional extra. It would increase the cost of the board by a mere dollar or two at worst, and would give everyone 6-channel audio. What’s the point in shipping a board with an on-board 6-channel controller when no riser is included, and only two channels can be used?

Price - Don't get us wrong; you get your money's worth with the P4R533-N. Nevertheless, it is, and will continue to be near the top of the pack in terms of 850E board pricing, and that will certainly factor into most users' decisions.



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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