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Intel Desktop Board D865GBF (Intel 865G)
By CPU-zilla
Category : Mainboard
Published by Jimmy Tang on Saturday, 19th July, 2003
Rating : 4 out of 5 stars  


For Intel, providing a complete chipset solution for the Pentium 4 processor is as important as delivering the fastest processor for the desktop market. When Intel launched the Pentium 4 processor at 800MHz PSB, they have already made provision for an integrated graphics chipset that support all the latest technology like Hyper-Threading, 800MHz processor side bus, Communications Streaming Architecture (CSA) and dual-channel DDR400 memory.

The chipset we're talking about is the 82865G GMCH (Graphics Memory Controller Hub) which forms part of the Springdale family. The 865G is similar to the 865PE chipset in almost every way, except that it comes with Intel Extreme Graphics 2 - an integrated graphics core that delivers good 2D and basic 3D graphics at an affordable price. For now, the 865G has the best combination, in terms of graphics and feature set. Of course, ATI's recent introduction of the RADEON IGP 9100 might be 865G's biggest competitor but we shall see in due course if ATI's chipset solution could deliver the kind of performance that we've all seen, tried and experienced on Intel's latest range of Springdale chipsets.

The Intel Desktop Board D865GBF is their 865G offering that comes with all the basic features. It's not their enthusiast level board like the D865PERL, but it's certainly well equipped for most usage. The board is simplistically designed and it is also used in their other 865PE offerings since both 865PE and 865G chipsets are pin compatible.

In the full product package, you'll find the following items :-

  • The D865GBF motherboard
  • ATX-compliant I/O shield
  • Floppy, SATA and IDE cables
  • Board and back-panel I/O layout stickers
  • Quick start guide
  • Intel Express Installer CD

    Here's the full technical specifications of the board:-

    Intel Desktop Board D865GBF Technical Specifications
    • Socket 478 for Intel® Pentium® 4 / Celeron® processors
    • Intel® Celeron® Processors 2.0GHz or higher (400MHz FSB)
    • Intel® Pentium® 4 Processors 1.6GHz - 3.06GHz or higher (400/533MHz FSB)
    • Intel® Pentium® 4 Processors 2.4GHz - 3.0GHz or higher (800MHz FSB)
    • Supports processor at 400 / 533 / 800MHz front side bus
    • Supports processor with Hyper-Threading technology
    • Intel 865G Graphics Memory Controller Hub (GMCH)
      • AGP 4x/8x slot (1.5V only) with fast write capability
      • Supports 400/533/800MHz Intel NetBurst micro-architecture bus
      • Supports up to 4GB of DDR333 or DDR400 SDRAM memory
      • Supports single/dual channel memory configuration
      • Built-in Intel Extreme Graphics 2
    • Intel ICH5 (I/O Controller Hub)
      • Eight high-speed USB 2.0 ports
      • 2x Serial ATA/150 ports
      • Dual channel Ultra ATA/100 IDE bus master controller
      • PCI bus mastering v2.3
      • I/O APIC
      • Serial ATA/150 RAID 0
      • Supports both ACPI and legacy APM power management
    Cache memory
    • CPU Built-in 512KB (Northwood) L2 cache for Pentium 4 or 128KB L2 cache for Celeron
    System memory
    • 4 x 184-pin DDR SDRAM DIMM
    • Supports up to 4GB of unbuffered and non-ECC single/double-sided DDR266 / DDR333 / DDR400 SDRAM memory
    • Supports 2.5V DDR SDRAM
    • Supports memory with 128Mb, 256Mb and 512Mb technologies
    • 2x Ultra ATA-66/100 IDE ports integrated in ICH5R (up to 4 devices)
      • Support for PIO, UDMA-33, Ultra ATA-66/100 IDE devices
    • 2x Serial ATA/150 ports supported by ICH5
      • Up to 150MB/s transfer speeds
    I/O Interface
    • 1x floppy port (360KB - 2.88MB)
    • 1x serial port
    • 1x parallel port (SPP/EPP/ECP)
    • 1x analog VGA port
    • PS/2 Keyboard
    • PS/2 Mouse
    • 8x USB 2.0 ports (4x rear and 4x by cable through on-board headers)
    • 1x Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45) LAN jack (powered by Intel 82547EI)
    • 3x fan headers
    • Audio jacks for Line In, Line Out and Mic
    Expansion slots
    • 6x 32-bit PCI slots, PCI 2.3 compliant
    • 1x AGP 2x/4x/8x slot (0.8V/1.5V only)
    Power Management
    • Supports ACPI (Advanced Configuration and Power Interface) 1.0b
    Form Factor
    • ATX Form Factor : 11.6-inch x 9.6-inch
    • Fits into regular ATX case
    • 4Mbit (512KB) Flash EEPROM
    • Intel/AMI Flash BIOS with PnP, ACPI 1.0b, DMI 2.0, IDE drive auto-configure and multilingual support
    • Multi-boot on ZIP, ATAPI CD-ROM, SCSI, SATA, IDE #1, #2, #3, #4
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