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Intel 915P Shootout : AOpen i915Pa-E
By Zachary Chan
Category : Mainboard
Published by Vijay Anand on Wednesday, 26th January, 2005


The AOpen i915Pa-E is the next board we have for our Intel 915P Express shootout. The i915Pa-E is the second of three AOpen boards we received and is targeted at the lower end segment of their product lineup. Basically, we have a stripped down version of the i915Pa-EFRII with a slightly modified layout. Before we go into detail on what has been changed, let's take a look at the bundle and technical specifications first.

The AOpen i915Pa-E. Little brother to the i915Pa-EFRII.

The packaging of the AOpen i915Pa-E contains the following items:-

  • 1 x SATA data cable
  • 1 x SATA power converter cable
  • 1 x 80-conductor Ultra ATA data cable
  • 1 x 40-conductor ATA data cable
  • 1 x Floppy drive data cable
  • I/O shield
  • Driver and utilities CD
  • Norton Anti-Virus 2004 CD
  • Easy installation guide
  • Motherboard user's manual

    AOpen i915Pa-E 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 ICH6
      • 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 184-pin DIMM sockets support max. 4GB DDR 333/400 non-ECC memory
    • Intel ICH6 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 High Definition Audio (Azalia)
    • Realtek ALC880 8-channel HD Audio CODEC
    • Optical S/PDIF In/Out (optional)
    • Marvell 88E8053 PCI Express Gigabit LAN
    I/O Interface
    • 1 x Floppy connector
    • 1 x Ultra ATA IDE connectors
    • 4 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
    • 8x USB 2.0 ports (4x rear, 4x header)
    • 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
    • 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 DDR-400
    Power Supply Unit AcBel 400W (API4PC01)
    Cooler CoolerMaster CI5-9HDPA-01
    Hard Disk Maxtor DiamondMax 10 200GB SATA
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