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-- Iwill BD133 Socket 370 Motherboard
-- Price: ~ $112 USD
-- 8.21.2001
-- By: winterstick
-- Page: 1 2 3 4 5 6

Overall, I really like this motherboard, but I did have some problems.  First, I couldn't enable the +- 33Mhz setting on the ram, it was stuck at “by spd” which probably accounts for such high memory bandwidth benchmarks.  Second, I couldn't overclock my Celeron 600 to 900, which was rock solid on my old motherboard.  The max I was able to reach was 747 MHz, and even at that speed when I would reboot the computer would refuse to post.  The problem was complicated more by the fact that when I dropped my brother's Celeron 600 into the board I was able to post at 900 Mhz at default voltage.  But when I went to change the core voltage the computer wouldn't post, even at the default speed.  I think that the problem may possibly be caused by an issue within the bios.

Thanks to Sherman over at IWill for providing us with a sample board to use in our review. Look for more IWill products as we put them through the test.

  Pros:
  • Relatively cheep
  • High Memory Bandwidth
  • i815EP chipset

  Cons:

  • Couldn't overclock my celeron past 747
  • Poor floppy drive connector placement
  • Max supported ram is 512 megs
  • Graphical Post
  • Couldn't enable +-33 Mhz on ram


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