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FIC VC19 i845E motherboard
By Vijay Anand
Category : Mainboard
Published by Jimmy Tang on Sunday, 6th October, 2002
Rating : 4 out of 5 stars  


Introduction

Many PC DIY veterans would fondly remember the Socket-7 era when Intel Pentium, AMD K5 / K6 and even Cyrix processors could effortlessly be interchanged utilizing the same motherboard without the hassle of getting new motherboards and RAM for each type of processor. Those were the easy days indeed. It was also when First International Corporation (FIC) were marketing their boards very aggressively and they did it with ease as they had extra features and better performance than many other boards of those yester years. Motherboards such as the infamous FIC PA-2007, PA-2010, PA-2012 and PA-2013 using the VIA VPX, VP2, VP3 and MVP3 respectively were highly sought after as they consistently delivered top performance, were keen overclockers and had cache sizes of 1MB or even 2MB.

FIC is currently a major player in the OEM/ODM business as well as offering the usual retail solutions. For those who are not aware of their scope, which ranges from motherboards and graphics cards to Notebooks, PDAs, Internet/Information Appliance, Slim Form Factor casings/solutions, Mid-tower Barebone systems and even complete systems. This is in line with FIC’s vision of becoming the world’s major producer of 3C (computer, communications and consumer electronics) products. Being one of the top motherboard manufacturers, it is likely that their vision will come true one day.

With that intro, we take a look at one of FIC’s offerings sent to us for evaluation. The FIC VC19 motherboard is based on the Intel 845E chipset. In the U.S. this model is sometimes marketed as the VC19 Advanced as it is equipped with extra functionality like RAID and others that we shall highlight in the following pages.

FIC VC19 Technical Specifications
Processor
  • Socket 478 for Intel® Pentium 4 / Celeron processors
  • Intel® Pentium 4 Processors 1.4GHz-2.8GHz or higher
  • Intel® Celeron Processors 1.7GHz - 2GHz or higher
  • Supports processors at 400 / 533MHz front side bus
Chipset
  • Intel 845E chipset (Brookdale-E)
    • AGP 4x slot (1.5V only) with 4x fast write capability
    • Supports 100/133MHz FSB
    • Supports 400/533MHz Intel NetBurst micro-architecture bus
  • Intel ICH4 chipset
    • AC'97 2.2 interface
    • Six USB 2.0/1.1 ports (3 UHCI Host controllers and 1 EHCI Host controller)
    • 2 channel Ultra ATA/100 bus master IDE controller
    • PCI Master 2.2
    • I/O APIC
Cache memory
  • CPU Built-in 256KB (Willamette) or 512KB (Northwood) L2 cache for Pentium 4
  • CPU Built-in 128KB L2 cache for Celeron
System memory
  • 3 x 184-pin DDR SDRAM DIMM
  • Supports four memory banks only
  • Supports up to 2GB of PC2100 / PC1600 DDR SDRAMs
  • Supports 2.5V DDR SDRAM
PCI IDE
  • 2 x Bus Master UDMA-33/66/100 IDE ports (up to 4 devices)
  • Support for PIO, UDMA-33, UDMA-66, UDMA-100 IDE
  • 2x IDE RAID connector supporting up to four UDMA-133 devices
I/O Interface
  • 1x floppy port (360KB - 2.88MB)
  • 2x serial ports
  • 1x parallel port (SPP/EPP/ECP)
  • PS/2 Keyboard
  • PS/2 Mouse
  • 6x USB 2.0/1.1 ports (2x rear and 4x front via expansion headers on board)
  • Audio ports for on-board sound (Line-Out, Line-In, Mic-in, Headphone jack via CBox)
  • 5.1-channel sound module for Center/Bass, Rear Left/Right, SPDIF Coaxial in/out and SPDIF Optical in/out
  • Front panel audio header on board
  • Game port
  • 1x RJ-45 10/100Mbps Ethernet LAN port
Expansion slots
  • 6x 32-bit PCI slots, PCI 2.2 compliant (support 3.3v / 5v interface)
  • 1x AGP 4x slot (1.5V only)
Power Management
  • Supports ACPI (Advanced Configuration and Power Interface) and APM
  • Supports Desktop Management Interface (DMI)
Form Factor
  • ATX Form Factor : 30.5cm x 24cm
  • Fits into regular ATX case
BIOS
  • 2Mbit (256KB) Flash EEPROM
  • AMI Flash BIOS with PnP, ACPI and DMI support
  • Multi-boot on ZIP, ATAPI CD-ROM, SCSI, IDE #1, #2, #3, #4

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