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Intel 915P Shootout : AOpen i915Pa-EFRII
By Zachary Chan
Category : Mainboard
Published by Vijay Anand on Monday, 24th January, 2005


Unlike most of the first tier motherboard manufacturers, AOpen has not been as aggressively adopting all of Intel's LGA775 solutions. Presently, their high-end LGA775 motherboards are based on the Intel 915P Express chipset and they have yet to release any Alderwood products. For our shootout, AOpen sent us three different motherboard models that feature the Intel 915P Express. While similarly designed, each board has distinctive features that target different user levels. The first of the three boards we tested is the AOpen i915Pa-EFRII. As the most most feature packed of the lot, the i915Pa-EFRII represents their current flagship model.

AOpen i915Pa-EFRII motherboard.

These are the bundled items found within the packaging:-

  • 2 x SATA data cables
  • 2 x SATA power converter cables
  • 1 x 80-conductor Ultra ATA data cable
  • 1 x 40-conductor ATA data cable
  • 1 x Floppy drive data cable
  • USB 2.0 (2 ports) and Game Port bracket
  • IEEE 1394 (2 ports) bracket
  • I/O shield
  • Driver and utilities CD
  • Norton Anti-Virus 2004 CD
  • Promise SATA driver diskette
  • Intel SATA RAID driver diskette
  • Easy installation guide
  • Motherboard user's manual
  • RAID controller manual

    AOpen i915Pa-EFRII Technical Specifications
    CPU Support
    • Support for an Intel® Pentium® 4 Extreme Edition processor in an LGA775 socket with a 800MHz system bus
    • Support for an Intel® Pentium® 4 processor in an LGA775 socket with a 533/800MHz system bus
    • Support for an Intel® Celeron® D processor in an LGA775 socket with a 533MHz system bus
    • Intel® Hyper-Threading™ enabled
    • North Bridge: Intel 915P Express
      • 533 / 800MHz front side bus
      • PCI Express x16 graphics
      • Digital Media Interface (DMI) with 2GB/s bandwidth
    • South Bridge: Intel ICH6R
      • Intel High Definition Audio
      • Supports up to eight USB 2.0 ports
      • Supports four PCI Express x1 lanes
      • Supports four SATA ports (with RAID 0 and 1 capabilities)
      • Single-channel Ultra ATA-100 IDE port
      • Digital Media Interface (DMI) with 2GB/s bandwidth
    • Dual channel memory architecture
    • 4 x 240-pin DIMM sockets support max. 4GB DDR2 400/533 non-ECC memory
    • Intel ICH6R South Bridge
      • 1 x Ultra ATA 33/66/100 (data transfer rate up to 100MB/sec.)
      • 4 x SATA (Serial ATA 1.5Gbps interface)
      • Intel Matrix Storage Technology
      • Supports RAID 0, RAID 1
    • Promise PDC20579
      • 1 x Ultra ATA 33/66/100/133 (data transfer rate up to 133MB/sec.)
      • 2 x SATA (Serial ATA 1.5Gbps interface)
      • Supports RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 0+1
    • Intel High Definition Audio (Azalia)
    • Realtek ALC880 8-channel HD Audio CODEC
    • Optical S/PDIF In/Out
    • Broadcom BCM5751KFB PCI Express Gigabit LAN
    IEEE 1394 (FireWire)
    • Texas Instruments TSB43AB22A OHCI PHY/Link Layer Controller
    • 2 x 1394a ports @ 400 Mbps speed
    I/O Interface
    • 1 x Floppy connector
    • 2 x Ultra ATA IDE connectors
    • 6 x SATA connectors
    • 2 x 9-pin serial port
    • 1 x parallel port (SPP/EPP/ECP)
    • 1 x mini-DIN-6 PS/2 mouse port
    • 1 x mini-DIN-6 PS/2 keyboard port
    • 8 x USB 2.0 ports (4x rear, 2x bracket, 2x header)
    • 2 x IEEE 1394 headers
    • 1 x RJ45 LAN port
    • 1 x FP-Audio header
    • 1 x Optical S/PDIF In/Out header
    • 8-Channel Audio I/O ports
    • 1 x CD-IN
    Expansion Slots
    • 1 x PCI Express x16 slot
    • 2 x PCI Express x1 slots
    • 3 x PCI slots
    • ATX Form Factor, 12"x 9.6"(30.5cm x 24.4cm)
    • Award PnP 4Mb Flash ROM BIOS
    • 2nd Flash ROM for DieHard BIOS
    • Compatible with 20-pin ATX Power Connector (but 24-pin Power Connector recommended)

    Tested & Certified Components
    Graphics Card MSI RX600XT-TD128
    Memory 2 x 512MB Kingston DDR2-533
    Power Supply Unit AcBel 400W (API4PC01)
    Cooler CoolerMaster CI5-9HDPA-01
    Hard Disk Maxtor DiamondMax 10 200GB SATA
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