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  HyperThreading with Style, Iwill's P4HT Motherboard 
  Jan 07, 2003, 10:00am EST 
 

Introduction


By: Dan Mepham

In recent years, we’ve witnessed the birth and development of the PC as an artistic hobby. As the number of technically-inclined PC hobbyists increased, one can only expect that the number of those with artistic inclinations would grow proportionally. And to an artistic individual, a bland, beige PC case is pretty much as bad as it gets.

Thus we have the birth of the clear, colored, light-up computer, and with it, a whole new niche market for businesses to step into. Numerous small businesses have spawned to existence solely to serve this market, and several large corporations have tried their respective hands as well. Motherboard manufacturers, who, let’s face it, are looking for any sort of sales gimmick they can get their hands on, were among the first to test the waters, releasing motherboards with fancy color schemes, consisting of different colored PCBs and varieties of shades of plastic. We’ve also seen colored video cards and memory, transparent or windowed cases, light-up components, and just about anything else imaginable.

Nevertheless, we’re still of the mindset that quality and reliability should take precedence over visual appeal, and while we’re not at all opposed to fancy-colored components, we reserve our praise for components of only the highest quality. A glow-in-the-dark video card is neat, but not if it breaks in a month.

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Iwill's corporate logo, a traditional, if uninspired shade of green -- just like most motherboards!


In keeping with that, we were delightfully surprised when Iwill’s latest Pentium 4 desktop board, the P4HT, arrived at our doorstep. Dressed in slick fire-engine red, and carrying the Iwill brand name, the P4HT’s goal is to offer style along with superior quality and performance. Read on to see how well the P4HT lives up to its expectations.



1. Introduction
2. Basic Overview
3. Up Close & Personal
4. When You Look This Good...
5. Likes & Dislikes
6. Test Procedure
7. Test Results
8. Summary

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