ExtremeTech Five Intel 925X Motherboards

By Loyd Case Oct 14, 2004 Intel MoboIntel's latest foray into core logic is its 900 series of chipsets, which include the 925X, the 915P and the 915G. We wrote extensively about the 925X and 915 back in June. Since then, Intel has weathered much-publicized woes about bugs in the ICH6R I/O controller hub. Those issues have been laid to rest, and 900 series boards have been shipping for a couple of months now. So today we look at five boards that represent an array of options, from the very feature-rich (and expensive) to boards with less inside the box, but costing less, too. They all have a few features in common, however:
  • Four Serial ATA ports
  • At least two single-lane PCI Express connectors
  • BIOS support for tweaking the system (though some are more capable than others)
  • Four memory sockets and support for DDR2/533
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • All support Intel's Azalia Audio, aka Intel HD Audio. All have support for 8-channel audio; four have digital audio output connectors.
  • Note: Based on this review and several others, I am planning on building a machine around the Asus P5AD2 Deluxe for my personal HDV video editing system. I'm going to put in a HOT nVidia PCI-Express graphics card and 2GB of RAM. We'll be posting the results and parts list as our next DIY article. Check out the full Intel 925X Motherboards article on Extremetech.com

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