Intel D845PEBT2

..:: Introduction ::..

Today brings yet another first for us here at MBReview as we will have the pleasure of reviewing our first Intel brand motherboard, the D845PEBT2. Intel has never been known to offer the most performance oriented motherboards, however it seems as though they are lightening up towards the performance enthusiasts by slowly adding more tweaking features such as minor front side bus adjustments, along with some settings for memory timings. We’ll be able to see such newer options with the D845PEBT2. One thing Intel motherboards have been well known for are feature sets, and for shear stability. Does the D845PEBT2 hold up to the Intel reputation? We hope to show you today, and you might just be surprised at what you see. Let’s start off by taking a look at the official specifications of the D845PEBT2 as listed by Intel.

..:: Specifications ::..

Processor

  • Support for an Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor in a mPGA478 socket with a 400/533 MHz System Bus
  • Support for an Intel® Celeron® processor in a mPGA478 socket with a 400 MHz System Bus
  • Hyper-Threading Technology Support

Chipset

  • Intel 845PE / ICH4

Memory

  • Two 184-pin DDR SDRAM DIMM Sockets
  • Two 184-pin DDR SDRAM DIMM Sockets
  • Support for up to 2 GB System Memory

Audio

  • Six Channel Audio W/Analog, Coaxial Digital, and Optical Digital Output
  • AC '97 Processing w/the Analog Devices AD1980 Codec featuring SoundMAX Cadenza

USB 2.0

  • Supports 6 Ports USB 2.0 at 480 Mb/sec transfer rate

Onboard LAN Controller

  • On board Intel DA82562ET 10/100 Ethernet Controller

Video

  • AGP Connector Supporting 1.5 V 4X AGP Cards

SATA / SATA-RAID

  • Sil 3112A Controller Supporting Individual Drives and RAID 0 and RAID 1 Configurations
  • Two SATA Connectors Supporting a Total of Two Drives

Peripheral Interfaces

  • Up to Six USB 2.0 Ports
  • Three IEEE 1394a-2000 Ports (optional)
  • One Serial Port
  • One Parallel Port
  • Two IDE Interfaces with Ultra DMA 33 and ATA-66/100 Support
  • One Diskette Drive Interface
  • PS/2* Keyboard and Mouse Ports
  • Three Fan Connectors

Back Panel I/O Connectors

  • Four USB 2.0 Ports (Up to Six w/Add-On Bracket)
  • 1 x PS/2 Keyboard, 1 x PS/2 Mouse
  • 1 x Serial Port Connector, 1 x Parallel Port Connector
  • 1 x S/PDIF RCA Out Connector
  • 1 x S/PDIF Optical Out Connector
  • 1 x RJ-45 LAN Connector
  • Audio connectors (Center/Sub, Surround Speaker)
  • Audio connectors (Front Speaker, Line-in, Mic-in)