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Iwill XP333-R motherboard
By CPU-zilla
Category : Mainboard
Published by Jimmy Tang on Wednesday, 3rd April, 2002
Rating : 3.5 out of 5 stars  


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The board comes with an abundance of features that should keep the user busy for a while. Firstly, the board comes with an on-board hardware audio solution that's based on C-Media's CMI8738/PCI-6ch-MX chip that offers not only high-quality audio, but it has the ability to manage 6-channels of audio. Giving gamers total satisfaction with a low-cost on-board audio solution that supports both DirectSound 3D and EAX (Creative's Environmental Audio Extensions), the single chip solution adds a lot more value to users who purchased the Iwill XP333-R.

The C-Media hardware audio solution provides up to 6 channels of output for surround systems.

For those who wants absolutely the best in IDE performance, they'll be glad to know that the ALi M1535D+ south bridge now supports the new ATA133 transfer protocol. Delivering burst transfers up to 133MB/s, performance should get a slight boost or possibly none at all. Hard disk drives performance are probably still not maximizing the full ATA100 potential and you'll probably not see much difference with ATA133. However, it makes sense to invest in the newest today and have the board see through a few years of usage before you plunk in your savings for a new setup.

The ALi M1535D+ south bridge which supports ATA133 IDE devices.

Besides the south bridge, Iwill has also integrated HighPoint's new HPT372 ATA133 IDE RAID controller to support both hardware RAID levels 0 and 1. Offering users either performance (RAID 0) or security (RAID 1), the HPT372 RAID controller is an added bonus for those who needs up to four IDE hard drives for additional storage.

The HighPoint controller for ATA133 IDE RAID systems.

Overclockers would also be delighted to know that Iwill has given this board a wide range of overclocking features. Supporting FSB adjustments from 100MHz to 233MHz in steps of 1MHz, the XP333-R will open up a lot of possibilities for the power user. Just like the new VIA KT333 chipset, as expected, the ALiMAGiK1 did managed to hit 166MHz. Furthermore, with the option to set the PCI divider to FSB/5 (you ideally set the PCI bus to 33MHz at 166MHz FSB), it was good to see that the new north bridge was able to handle the extra 33MHz thrown at it. With the memory now running synchronously with the EV6 bus at 333MHz, the performance gained by moving the FSB up to 166MHz (333MHz EV6) certainly did the board a lot of good. In a separate test, we managed to move it up to 200MHz FSB but since we did not have a proper DDR 400 module, we did not had any luck running any benchmarks on it as the system was not entirely rock stable.

You can set to 200MHz FSB with the PCI Clock Divider set to CPU/6 to run the PCI bus at the standard 33MHz clock speed.

Yahoo!! It booted up to DDR 400. The Iwill XP333-R is an excellent overclocker.

It did not only POST at DDR 400, but it managed to boot into Windows and had WCPUID to prove it.

CPU core voltage adjustments can also be found in the BIOS setup, from 1.125V to 1.850V in steps of 25mV. I/O voltage adjustments, on the other hand, can only be performed via two jumpers located near the DIMMs. Giving users three voltage options (2.5V, 2.6V and 2.7V), it's the standard offering available on most boards.

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