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Abits BG7 with i845G and DDR333 in the test: Intel's i845G outside of the specifications

Abits BG7 with i845G and DDR333 in the test: Intel's i845G outside of the specifications

Foreword

The EP-4G4A + from EPoX has already impressively demonstrated what the i845G can do in conjunction with DDR333. And even if there is already a successor in the form of the i845GE, the i845G is still particularly interesting for all those who do not always want to have the latest and at the same time the most expensive, but still do not want to forego very good performance.

Officially the i845G only supports DDR266, but Abit also officially donated DDR333 support to its BG7, so that it This review has to show whether it can confirm our very good impression of the i845G in connection with DDR333, which we gained on the EP-4G4A +.

As always, it also applies to the BG7 from Abit Compete against the entire competition of our previously tested Pentium4 motherboards, which are equipped with many different chipsets. It also illustrates thisReview the performance difference between the i845PE, which officially supports DDR333, and the i845G, which only unofficially supports DDR333.

The chipsets

The chipsets in comparison
Features Intel 850E i845E i845PE i845G i845GE Supported CPU Socket Socket 478 Socket 478 Socket 478 Socket 478 Socket 478 Northbridge Features Northbridge KC82850E KC82845E KC82845PE KC82845G No Krozessor No No Hyper-Threading Support Yes Yes Yes No (from B-Step) Yes Integrated Graphics No No No Yes Intel Extreme GFX 200MHz Yes Intel Extreme GFX 266MHz Front-Side-Bus 400 MHz Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 533 MHz Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes memory clock 100 MHz Yes (400) Yes No Yes No 133 MHz Yes (533) Yes Yes Yes Yes 166 MHz No No Yes Yes (unofficial) Yes 200 MHz No No No No No Asynchronous memory clock Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Memory slots (max) 4 3 3 2 2 Memory support SDRAM No No No Yes No DDR-SDRAM No Yes Yes Yes Yes (dual) -Rambus Yes No No No No AGP support 1x No No No No No 2x Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 4x Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 8x No No No No No Southbridge Features Southbridge Intel 82801 BA Intel 82801 DB Intel 82801 DB Intel 82801 DB Intel 82801 DB Hard disk controller ATA 33/66 Yes Yes YesYes Yes ATA 100 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ATA 133 No No No No No Number of PCI slots (max) 6 6 6 6 6 USB ports (max) 4 6 6 6 6 USB 2.0 No Yes Yes Yes Yes Firewire No No No No No Other I/O-Link Hub Interface (266MB/s) Hub Interface (266MB/s) Hub Interface (266MB/s) Hub Interface (266MB/s) Hub Interface (266MB/s)
The chipsets in comparison
Features VIA P4X333 VIA P4X400 SiS 645DX SiS 648 Supported CPU Socket Socket 478 Socket 478 Socket 478 Socket 478 Northbridge Features Northbridge VT8754 VT8754 645DX 648 Multiprocessor Support No No No No Hyper-Threading Support No information No information No (from B-Step) No (from B-Step) Integrated graphics No No No No Front-Side-Bus 400 MHz Yes Yes Yes Yes 533 MHz Yes Yes Yes Yes Memory clock 100 MHz Yes (400) Yes Yes Yes 133 MHz Yes (533) Yes Yes Yes 166 MHz Yes Yes Yes Yes 200 MHz No Yes (unofficial) No Yes (unofficial) Asynchronous memory clock Yes Yes Yes Yes Memory slots (max) 3 3 3 3 Memory support SDRAM No No Yes No DDR-SDRAM Yes Yes Yes Yes (dual) RAM bus No No No No AGP Support 1x No No No No 2x Yes Yes Yes Yes 4x Yes Yes Yes Yes 8x No Yes No Yes Southbridge Features Southbridge VT8235 VT8235 SiS 961BSiS 963 hard disk controller ATA 33/66 Yes Yes Yes Yes ATA 100 Yes Yes Yes Yes ATA 133 Yes Yes Yes Yes Number of PCI slots (max) 5 5 6 6 USB ports (max) 6 6 6 6 USB 2.0 Yes Yes No Yes Firewire No No No Yes Other I/O-Link V-Link (533MB/s) V-Link (533MB/s) MuTIOL (533MB/s) MuTIOL (1GB/s)
i850E
i845E
ICH4

Nothing has changed on the chipsets since our last review, so we won't go into the special features of each chipset again at this point. If you want to find out more about a specific chipset, simply select the appropriate article from our list of all previous motherboard tests .

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