Intel D875PBZ - Page 9

..:: i875P Chipset Conclusion ::..

Well, first off letís address the i875P chipset itself. Overall, the i875P chipset is easily one of our favorite pieces of hardware that has graced our presence in our time reviewing motherboards. With Intelís move to an 800MHz system bus for the Pentium 4, and the newly supported dual channel DDR400 memory mode, Pentium 4 based systems are going to be taken to a whole new level of performance. The fact that Intelís Hyper-Threading Technology will be included on future CPUís, and soon enough will be distributed throughout the line, is yet another fact of importance to future i875P users. As mentioned earlier on in the review, the i875P chipset itself was designed specifically with HT enabled processors in mind. The chipset itself helps to administer and prioritize the various threads that are received from the processor during operation, thereby further improving the performance gain from Hyper-Threading. The addition of Intelís new Communication Streaming Architecture is also a major item of note. This new technology effectively takes the PCI bus bandwidth issue out of the equation for Gigabit Ethernet. With Intelís CSA, there is now a direct connection between the network controller and the MCH that allows for lowered latency times, reduced CPU utilization, and more concise and directed data transfers through the various data buses within the system. The removal of the network traffic from the PCI bus also frees up valuable bandwidth real estate that can now be used by other devices such as SATA, IEEE1394, USB2.0, AC 97í audio, and more. Lastly, the performance of the chipset, especially when in dual channel operation, clearly outpaces the i845PE chipset by roughly 7% or more in nearly all of our tests. Clearly, the i875P chipset is going to be fan favorite among performance Pentium 4 high performance enthusiasts.

..:: D875PBZ "Bonanza" Conclusion ::..

Well, weíve seen all that the Intel i875P chipset has to offer, and we have seen the performance of the Intel D845PBZ, now itís time to round it all up and call it a day. As usual, weíll start our summation with the overall system stability. The overall stability of the system was as we expected from an Intel brand motherboard, rock solid. In my period of time with the motherboard, I have not yet encountered one major or minor issue with that of system stability. I have been running multiple distributed computing programs in the background while gaming and doing other processor intensive things for several days non-stop and have had no stability issues whatsoever. This is exactly what we want in a motherboard, and the D845PBZ brings it to the table as we expected.

Overall, the Intel D875PBZ sports one of the cleanest designs that I have come across. I canít really think of any major, or even minor, issues that I have with the design of the motherboard. All of the main items on the PCB are placed well, and are all in easily accessible positions. As I stated previously, the one thing that really makes this unit stand out, besides the attractive black PCB, would have to be the behemoth heatsink for the 82875P. This heatsink sports nearly twice the surface area of your typical 845PE heatsink! This is the second board that we have seen from Intel that is sporting a great design, and we look forward to seeing if this is a common trend in their high end motherboard designs.

The D875PBZ comes along with a nice feature set when fully equipped. Our test sample came outfitted with everything available for the board, with the exception of support for the onboard audio. Since the amount of i875P boards that will be available soon is probably very slim, I canít give an accurate estimate to whether or not this board is one of the better deals or not. I would guess that it would be one of the better deals on the market, but only time will tell if this is true.

The BIOS that comes along with the D875PBZ is exactly what we were hoping for in the D875PBZ. Give the fact that it is the new high performance motherboard from Intel, it makes sense that they would continue their limited memory tweaking and overclocking options. As mentioned in the BIOS portion of the review, the BIOS allows for overclocking, or even underclocking of anywhere between -2% and +4%. The Intel BIOS also sports a nice fan control option to keep your system running as silently as possible when in operation. If the system temps are low, you can set the fans to be turned off, or run at a slow speed.

Well, to sum things up Iíd say that Intel has a real performer in the i875P chipset. With the added support for the new 800MHz FSB Pentium 4 chips, Dual Channel, DDR400, Communication Streaming Architecture, and all of the other features, this is one chipset that youíll want to keep in mind when it comes time to upgrade. The Intel D875PBZ motherboard which is, of course, equipped with the i875P chipset also put up some very nice performance results in each and every one of our benchmarks. If youíre looking to do some heavy overclocking, youíll want to wait a round a little longer for other manufacturer boards to hit the market. Iím sure weíll be hearing some wonderful things about several of the i875P motherboards in the near future. I personally canít wait to get hold of a good overclocking board to see just how high of a FSB I can achieve with this 3.00Ghz P4 and some high quality RAM. If youíre looking for a great mix of top notch performance, stability, features, and only want or need limited overclocking capabilities, then Iíd recommend the Intel D875PBZ. The Intel D875PBZ itself has earned a total of 93 points, and thus takes home the Editorís Choice Award. Iíd like to thank Intel for all their help in supplying the motherboard for review, and thanks to all of you for reading!