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Five i845E mainboards in the test: who will win?

Five i845E mainboards in the test: who will win?

The Epox EP-4BEAR

Scope of delivery and documentation

As with the IT7, a simple list of the scope of delivery of the EP-4BEAR. The inclined buyer will find the following components,when he opens the EP-4BEAR packaging:

  • EP-4BEAR
  • EP-4BEAR Driver/Tools CD
  • PowerQuest Drive Image 4.0 and partition Magic SE 6.0 CD
  • ATX slot bracket
  • Additional USB module (2x USB)
  • Additional game port module
  • Two Ultra ATA66/33 IDE cable (one ATA133)
  • A floppy cable
  • English manual (User “s Manual)
Epox EP-4BEAR - Board
Epox EP-4BEAR - scope of delivery
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Epox EP-4BEAR - USB game module

The Epox manual is also convincing, even if it is again complete is in English. The chapter about the bios is similar in length to the IT7 from Abit, but Epox often limits itself to listing the various options that are available. The appendix deals with some of the tools supplied and the explanation of the POST codes that the Epox-typical POST debug LED outputs takes up several pages. All jumpers and connections important for commissioning are dealt with briefly, but very clearly and understandably.

Features

EP-4BEAR

  • Form factor
    • Socket 478 ATX (30.5cm x 24.5cm)
  • Processor
    • Supports Pentium4 (Socket478 )
    • Automatic CPU detection
    • 400MHz and 533MHz Quad Pumped Bus
  • Chipset
    • Intel 845E chipset ( passively cooled)
    • ICH4 Southbridge
  • RAM
    • 3x 184 pin DIMMS (DDR RAM)
    • Supported PC1600/2100 DDR RAM
    • Maximum memory size: 2GB
  • Expansion slots
    • 1x AGP 4x slot
    • 6x 32 bit PCI slots
    • 3x fan connections (monitor capable)
    • 2 IDE ports (UDMA 33/66/100)
    • 1 floppy port
  • External connections
    • 1x parallel port
    • 2x serial ports
    • 6 USB 2.0 ports (4x internal, 2x via slot cover)
    • 1x game port (via slot cover)
    • 1x Microphone In
    • 1x Line In
    • 1x Line Out
  • Bios
    • 4MBit Award Bios
    • Multiplier can be manipulated in Bios (only if CPU is unlocked)
    • Front Side Bus can be manipulated in 1MHz steps in the BIOS (90-200MHz)
    • CPU voltage can be regulated in the BIOS (1.40-1.85V)
    • VDimm voltage adjustable onboard (2.5V - 2.9V)
    • AGP/PCI frequency fixable (66.66/33.33 + FSB/4 + Auto)
    • Interrupt Mode APIC (up to 24 IRQs)
  • Special features
    • Onboard HighPoint HPT372 IDE ATA/133 Raid Controller
    • 6- Channel AC97 (Realtek) Sound
    • POST Debug LED
    • no 2x2 12V plug necessary ig
  • Other functions
    • Keyboard Power-On, Suspend To RAM
    • Wake-On-LAN, Wake-On-Modem , Wake on USB device

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