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Intel 845 Chipset Review & Motherboard Roundup: September 2001
Only issue was with my SoundBlaster but this almost seems to be the norm with Via chipsets these days. Following up the original KT chipset from Via was never going to be an easy task in the Socket A market as it has been from the outset about the only worthwhile chipset out there. The board conforms to the normal ATX pattern so fitting should not be a problem.
Remember the FSB jumper I mentioned at the start? Better yet for overclockers, another tool in the overclocking battle kit! I managed a boot at at Cas2 but it fell over I windows.
One thing we were taught as kids were to never judge a book by it’s cover, but I must say, Iwill has done a superb job on their packaging. Bios tweaks and Overclocking. On thing that was missing were memory timings from your standard Award bios. While the packaging does look quite spiffy, it actually does a good job at protecting the board from whatever might happen to it. Included in mainbpard box are the usual suspects of IDE leads nicely labelledCD with drivers will come back to that2 manuals and a driver Floppy.
Ships with the following: Good solid performance there and also very consistent. Well at least by looking at it.
In celebration of the overwhelming use of the colour red on this motherboard, we here at PCStats. Makes me question the values of upgrading to DDR if you currently have some good quality memory. Instead we were dealt a SDR solution. Now its not often jwill I get too excited when I open a parcel and pull free a motherboard box but this time it looked a little different and was actually presented well.
In a word, Shocking! I am not going to bore you by putting all the specs of this fine motherboard in as these can be found in a iwil, comprehensive page at the Iwill site here.
You can find it here for the non-raid board and here for the Raid version. There is a very good reason for this, which I will cover later.
The first thing noted on the layout of the board was the well thought out placing of the ATX connecter at the extreme top edge of the board well out of the way. A quick power off and a short of the cmos later ad we were in mainoard Bios.
Iwill KK Motherboard Review –
The standard Iwill packaging is nothing short of amazing and protects the board and kit very well. Based on the VIA KTA chipset, the KK doesn’t change all that much from similar KTA offerings, but that is not to say it is exactly the same either – indeed it is far from from an ordinary motherboard. DDR being such a catch phrase, most people including yours truly forgot that in reality, it only allows twice the bandwidth of conventional SDR memory but isn’t really ‘faster.
What and amazing board! A few reboots later and we were all done, or so I thought. One strange jumper that you will come across is the one to set the FSB manually. Using the board in this mode I could only achieve mhz. There are currently no bios updates available from Iwill but that will change soon I guess but the guys at www.
This is by far the fastest and most solid board around at the moment and here is the proof of the speed. The CD that comes with the Motherboard is bootable which is a nice touch.