The 845E boasts support for a 533MHz (quad-pumped) system bus and DDR266 memory, but Abit, as always, has a few extra tricks up its sleeve. You'll find onboard Ethernet, audio, and RAID on the appropriately named BD7II-RAID. We also found a way to leverage Abit's excellent SoftMenu III BIOS to gain more memory bandwidth than the 845E chipset is supposed to support.
So how does the BD7II-RAID perform, and just what kind of BIOS trickery did we have to employ to reach a fictitious memory standard called 'DDR356?' Read on and find out.
The BD7II-RAID features Intel's Brookdale 845E chipset and a number of integrated components. Let's take a look.
|CPU support||Socket 478-based Intel Pentium 4 CPUs|
|North bridge||Intel 82845E (MCH)|
|South bridge||Intel 82801DB (ICH4)|
|Interconnect||Intel Hub Architecture (266MB/s)|
|PCI slots||5 32-bit/33MHz|
|AGP slots||1, 2X/4X AGP (1.5V only)|
|Memory||3 184-pin DIMM sockets |
Maximum of 2GB of PC1600/PC2100 DDR SDRAM
|Storage I/O||Floppy disk|
2 channels ATA/100
|RAID||Highpoint HPT372 IDE RAID controller|
2 channels ATA133
|Legacy ports||1 PS/2 keyboard, 1 PS/2 mouse,|
2 serial, 1 parallel
Game port and audio jacks
|USB||2 USB 2.0/1.1 ports|
4 additional USB 2.0/1.1 port via PCI backplane connector
|Audio||Realtek ALC650 6-channel audio|
|Ethernet||Realtek RTL8100B 10/100|
|BIOS||Award, SoftMenu III|
|Bus speeds||100-250MHz in 1MHz increments|
|Monitoring||Voltage, fan status, and temperature monitoring|
Apart from Firewire and a few extra USB ports, there aren't many features the BD7II-RAID lacks that you'll find on Abit's MAX line of motherboards. Of course not all integrated motherboard components are created equal, so let's take a closer look at the board and see what we've got.