Desktop Board D865PERL

Few people are aware that Intel makes and sells motherboards for consumers. They are usually very plain boards focused on reliability rather than extravagance. With the release of the D865PERL, though, Intel has shipped a reliable board with all the features that mainstream and enthusiast users require, ranging from an onboard FireWire port to integrated Serial ATA ports and digital audio capabilities. What’s more, it’s black.

Based on the Intel 865PE chipset, the motherboard will accommodate the latest 800MHz FSB-equipped Pentium 4 chips as well as 533MHz or 400MHz CPUs and, of course, those that feature Hyper-Threading. Dual-channel memory configurations can be implemented via the four available memory slots and they support DDR SDRAM modules up to the DDR400 specification. Testing with 400MHz and 333MHz modules revealed no gain in performance, so you are better off saving your money and sticking to the DDR333 standard for maximum cost efficiency.

The board’s layout offers little space between the AGP slot and the memory levers, so memory can not be manipulated unless the graphics card is removed. There are four fan connectors on the board for cooling and, depending on the type of case you have, the IDE and power connections are clustered together and could cause some cable clutter. There are five PCI slots for expansion. Provision for front-loading ports has been made through the internal USB 2.0 pin headers.

The board performed very well in our tests. Apart from some hiccups during the installation of the network drivers, the end user experience was very smooth. It ships with a useful software bundle, too, comprising CD burning, digital video recording, system recovery and disk management utilities.

TESTS

  • SYSMark 2001; score: 287
  • 3DMark 2001 SE; score:17331
  • Quake @ 640x480; score:301
  • Quake @ 1024x768; score:296

In brief
Intel Desktop Board D865PERL
This board is an affordable yet robust and well-featured backbone that will suit users who want to build a high-performance machine.
Price: $175
Distributor: Todaytech Distribution
Phone: (02) 9737 8118
www.todaytech.com.au

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.
Elias Plastiras
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Kurt Hegetschweiler

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.

Matthew Stivala

HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer

The HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer is a great device that fits perfectly into my fast paced and mobile lifestyle. My first impression of the printer itself was how incredibly compact and sleek the device was.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?