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PC CHIPS M848A (V5.0) 462(A) SiS 746FX ATX AMD Motherboard

  • SiS 746FX
  • Athlon XP / Athlon / Duron / Sempron
  • DDR 400
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The PC Chips M848A (v5.0) is a standout Socket A motherboard with the SiS 746 FX Northbridge and 963L Southbridge chipsets. With two 184-pin DDR SDRAM slots, this ATX AMD mobo supports a maximum 2GB of DDR 200/266/333/400MHz memory. It supports AMD XP CPUs, overclocking up to 400Mhz, USB 2.0, 6-channel audio for a vivid sound experience, ATA133 and 10/100 LAN.

Plus, the PCCHIPS M848A (v5.0) offers the sensational color map, making installation and upgrades simple. This motherboard has an onboard 6-channel Realtek ALC655 output which delivers high fidelity sound. It has a VIA VT6103L onboard LAN to connect your computer to others on a network at a speed of 10/100 Mbps.

The 4 USB 2.0 ports enable you to connect devices such as MP3 players, keyboards, as well as gaming accessories such as joysticks and guns. All in all, this motherboard is ideal for running office applications as well as for music buffs.

  • newegg SiS746FX+SiS963L Chipset The SiS746FX features an AGP 8X bridge and a DDR400 Memory controller supporting AMD Athlon XP processors up to 333 MHz FSB (400MHz FSB max support). The SiS963L Southbridge contains an EHCI compliant USB 2.0 host controller, 2 OHCI compliant USB 1.1 host controllers, the ATA-133 dual IDE controller and AC'97 V2.2 compliant audio controller for great compatibility and connectivity.
  • newegg AGP 8X Support The SiS746FX features a highly flexible and scalable architecture with an external AGP 8X port for optional graphics card upgrades. Providing double the bandwidth of AGP 4X, the AGP 8X video card slot produces smoother video streaming and faster, seamless gameplay.
  • newegg Onboard LAN Support The M848A provides an onboard 10/100Mbps solution for your network or broadband connection without having to buy an extra LAN card.

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  • RONALD K.
  • 5/21/2009 7:52:46 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent Board

Pros: Full-Sized ATX, 8x AGP, Great performance.

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: Bought it to replace another PC Chips board that went belly-up when the PSU died. Am running 1GB DDR333 RAM, Duron 1.8Ghz processor, Geforce 4 MX 4000 video, and Windows 2000.

I would highly recommend this board, and when needed (and if available, out of stock right now) I will buy again. I wish I have about 5 more of them for spares as socket A boards are becoming rare.

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  • CSL M.
  • 5/15/2009 3:09:20 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPC Chips Motherboard

Pros: Hi, I have two of these boards, and they worked out correctly without any hitches. With XP my A-bit NF7 decided one day to just stop working. So when I put this board in, I first replaced the battery, cleared the CMOS, and booted in to safemode. I was then able to remove all of the Nvidia drivers. Then as I booted up, I cancelled the "new hardware found", booted to a desktop, and then installed all of the drivers off the website. After that, I ran a couple of registry fix programs which fixed a corrupted part of the registry due to a differenct chipset. The board was set up in the BIOS in failsafe mode. To the guy whose computer reboots, his timings are set to high.

At this point, the boards are both working out great. Both computers are on pretty much 24-7. So if you still have some old hardware around, like DDR1 memory and an AGP video card, this board will work out nicely. it does seem a bit faster than the A-bit board. I guess I've just been lucky so far.

Cons: If you don't know anything about building computers, this board is not for you. The manual sucks. It was fairly easy to figure out which LED went where.

Other Thoughts: Since I've have good luck with these boards so far, you have old hardware, you better get these boards while you can. Looks like they might be towards the end of the lifecycle of these boards.

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  • Jeffrey L.
  • 5/8/2009 8:01:23 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsPC Chips 848

Pros: Decent board. This is a good performer for the money, as long as you don't have widely varied types of USB devices to use with it.

Cons: PC Chips and the chipset manufacturer admit compatibility problems with the chipset and USB devices under Windows XP. No updated drivers to fix it either. You'll find that certain USB devices cannot coexist. Like: I have to unplug my Magic Jack for Flash Drives or Cameras to be recognized, and my HP printer disconnects at random.

Other Thoughts: I thought a bios or driver upgrade might fix these problems but, after exhaustive research, All recommendations pointed to putting in a PCI USB card. This works fine, but shouldn't have to be done. I sold my 2 boards that I bought, and the different model replacements that I chose work fine with the same combinations of devices

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  • Terry A.
  • 5/1/2009 1:14:31 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNot bad at all!

Pros: My PC Chips M848A board has been surprisingly solid. It runs great with Windows XP Pro and equally well with Linux. I have never had any problems with this board. My brother uses it to play games while running Ubuntu.

Cons: The only cons I can think of is with the instruction manual. The manual is often vague, gives few explanations and not a quality production. The drawings in the manual are of low quality.

Other Thoughts: It is a great deal for its price, when it is available. How do they make such a good board for that price anyway?

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  • Steve C.
  • 3/8/2009 3:23:08 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Worked great, good replacement for an older board. Pretty simple install

Cons: Not a lot of Ram slots, and the install guide for panel1 was difficult to read

Other Thoughts: Get the online manual if you need help with the install

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/7/2009 2:52:55 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsThis board exceeds you "OFF THE SHELL" factory installed motherboard!

Pros: This board will take your old motherboard to school. I admit I was skeptical. It's not asus abit msi, but will server you well. Unlike my old hp board this one has dual channel capability. Even with my amd 1100/1700mhz cpu. I have Ati x1650 512mb video card, WD 160g/8m cache, ran 512mb pc3200 hyperx duals no prob. Have dual 1gig ddr266 installed right now and seems to be no faster than the dual 512s.

Cons: Not a con just expected. Why couldn't I have my 80pin conductor ribbon. Throw away the provided ribbon.

Other Thoughts: Flawless installation. Replaced my burned out hp board. Booted straight to bios, of which lacks ability to change the cpu voltage, set my specs, installed windows and have had no blue screens.

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  • Jared H.
  • 3/6/2009 11:01:26 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsInexpensive Runs Great

Pros: Very affordable, works without any problems. No jumpers, easy to setup.

Cons: None that I see

Other Thoughts: I have always been an ASUS & Gigabyte Motherboard guy. I build and fix computers for a living and those are by far the best brands I've used. However, I could not find a Motherboard by either brand for a computer this old that was less then $200! So I bought this from NewEgg knowing they have great policy's, and I am really impressed with how well this motherboard is build and works. Excellent, I highly recommend it.

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  • Donna K.
  • 3/5/2009 4:14:48 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

4 out of 5 eggsJust a little tricky

Pros: I bought an open box one and works like a charm after a little tweaking in the bios and a fresh windows install

Cons: had a hard time recognizing drives and you got to have an 80 pin primary ide plug, 40 pin will not work manually set my jumps for master and slave

Other Thoughts: was a good replacement for my wifes pc that i blew a capacitor on

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/5/2009 5:59:07 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggsIf This was Food It Be POISON

Pros: I bought it from a Newegg customer for 1500 pennys

Cons: Only a 1000 words? Bios is garbage and the only update is the 4/22/05 bios which is already on board.But i hoped the new flash could fix the corrupt on.BUT GUESS WHAT IT DOESNT SEE TO BOOT FROM FLOPPY so no go.Sometimes it doesnt even run post unless you re jumper it ,plus in a card reader and it doesnt post BSOD constant in windows ,oh btw it only took me 3 days of installs to completely well almost install windows.Board makes know good ram fail in MEMTEST.Makes know good WD Harddrives Fail when reading writing.I cant wait to put it out and be for i trash it I hope my dogs and cats urinate on it ,in fact i would use it as a catbox liner if it wasnt loaded with lead.I knew this was a winner the first time my bios froze which changing settings to fail safe and memory timings to fail safe.Oh yes i also get the cmos battery low and cmos errors on post.And the not using 80 pin cable on my 2nd ide controller.WOW ISNT THIS A WONDERFUL BIT OF ENGERNEERING MARVEL.

Other Thoughts: Computer tech and i wasted night after night being to pig headed to just see this board is posion.But when i finally low level formatted the hard drive and ran memtest and get 1000s of errors on know good ram.You know the motherboard is causing it ,tried 3 differnt known good sticks and on this Pcchips motherboard mem errors out the yin yang.
No idea why Newegg doesnt deactivate this travesty.
Wouldnt it be nice if Newegg sold a real Socket A board that worked and saved all customer headaches and RMA

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/4/2009 9:13:06 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsQuite Good

Pros: Arrived today. I read _all_ the reviews, which was quite helpful.
1. Cable select does not work, set IDE devices by the jumper.
2. When you set the BIOS*, disable automatic FSB and DRAM frequencies and set these by hand too. Use a PS/2 keyboard in the BIOS, they work better.
3. Use 2.5V DIMMS less than or equal to 512MB.
4. Most of the jumpers in the printed manual are upside down, e.g. the BIOS reset.
5. The AGP drivers from SiS and the audio drivers from Realtek are all you need to get working in Windows XP. Linux says all these devices are from SiS.
6. Make sure you have a good 300+W power supply; no 4-pin processor power connector is on the board.
7. Boots fine with an ATI graphics card and nothing in the PCI slots (if you were wondering after reading all of the reviews).
*If you have a bootable hard disk, you could get away with never setting the BIOS.

Cons: The BIOS looks like the big deal-breaker for those that failed. It refuses to POST with a 2.5V PQI 1GB DIMM. It refuses to post if I don't manually set the FSB & DIMM speeds in the BIOS. It refuses to post if I didn't set the IDE jumpers to master/slave. It did not give beep error codes.

Based on the large number of negative reviews claiming returns, I would consider it a bigger risk than normal to get this board open box.

Other Thoughts: No SATA & no firewire, but expansion cards come easy enough. My nForce2 motherboard died and I didn't want to upgrade yet. This is my second PC Chips board; I made another system with an Athlon MP from a broken HP notebook. I probably won't bother running the system past 166MHz until I install a better chipset cooler.

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