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Reviewed by: Carl Nelson [10.08.02]
Manufactured by: Intel

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The 845GBV2

Intel is back to regular green on this decidedly corporate mobo.  The first thing I noticed about this board was the MONSTER heatsink on the Northbridge, required to cool the EXXXXTREME integrated graphics core.  One thing that did bother me about both these boards was that the heatsinks were SOLDERED right onto the boards.  That's right, not pegged in, not glued - SOLDERED.  I'm not sure if that's because they are pre-releases or what, but unfortunately I'm unable to show you cool pics of the full chipsets

We can show you the ICH4 in all its glory, however.  The ICH4 is going to be outdated, but not right away.  Intel knows they can get away with ATA/100 for the next while anyway.

The backplate on the 845GBV2 is standard faire - 2 channel audio out, 4 USB2.0 ports, etc.  Notice that one Serial port is removed to make for the integrated EXXXXXXXXXTREME graphics output.

I thought this was a cool pic - a fully working PC - Ethernet, Audio, Video, everything - with not a single slot taken.  This is what this board is meant for - if you're building a box for your Mom to play The Sims on, this is the way to go (just make sure her monitor is not bigger than 17" because she won't be able to use a resolution higher than 1024x768).  Check out those Halloween themed rounded cables, courtesy of ;)

Now that I've introduced the boards to you, let's get right to the testing.  Since the chipsets are pretty much identical, we only tested one board - the 845GBV2 with graphics disabled (we didn't get the 845PEBT2 until just yesterday).  Don't worry, with graphics disabled scores should be virtually identical.  We tested in both DDR333 and DDR266 modes, to give you an idea on what exactly the extra bandwidth offered by DDR333 does for you. 

We tested the board against Intel's latest RDRAM  board, 850DMV2, based on the 850E chipset.  Interestingly, Intel just announced that PC1066 RDRAM is officially supported by 850E (they are STILL promoting it as their high end chipset, for the time being).  We are using PC800 RDRAM however, because that is what is currently supported by this particular mobo (I expect a new BIOS with full PC1066 support to be released eventually).

All tests used in our suite (that are publicly available) may be downloaded from our Downloads Page.

The Specs

CPU: Pentium 4 2.80 GHz
SDRAM: 512MB PC2700 DDR (2x 256MB courtesy of Crucial and Corsair)
RDRAM: 512MB PC800 Samsung
Video Card: ATI Radeon 9700 Pro
HDD: Maxtor 13GB ATA/66 7200RPM

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