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Item#: N82E16813153144

5 out of 5 eggs highly stable overclocker 04/19/2009

This review is from: JetWay JATOM-GM1-330-LF Intel Atom 330 Intel 945GC Flex ATX Motherboard/CPU Combo

Pros:

4GB... only atom motherboard I have come across so far that actually supports 4GB! It also has a 1x PCI-e allowing for greater flexibility. This motherboard also allows for overclocking of the CPU. I currently have it running stable at 158 FSB which runs the CPU at 1.9GHz instead of the stock speed of 1.6GHz (133FSB). I have been running at max CPU at this speed for over a week now, no stability issues. I used 2x2GB Kingston DDR2 800 in this build, running it at 633 currently as the motherboard only allows for 533 when not overclocking.

I added in an x-fi PCI-e sound card and a GeForce 9400 pci card, runs great!

I installed windows 7 x64 w/o a hitch, though I did have to install the realteck audio driver/software off the driver install disk (use the vista drivers for win7).

As others have stated, 350w is overkill. While I am running a 350w, I also have 3 HDs and a DVD installed, and yet the fan on the power supply is hardly running indicating its not being taxed at all

Cons:

no 16x PCI-e, low grade integrated video (though sufficient for 720p HD videos from youtube if nothing else significant is running) I don't think the integrated video will run bluRay DVDs well, but you can add in a pci video card for that capibility.

Onboard sound is only stereo, not 5.1 or higher.

Only way to update the BIOS appears to be with a floppy disk... and well, I don't have a floppy drive anymore. Would be great if you could start the BIOS flash from within windows like the Intel motherboards can.

Other Thoughts:

Fan seems quieter than the comparable Intel motherboards. If you are looking for a atom motherboard with more features than are standard for this market, this is the motherboard for you.

If your looking for a low powered media center, just add in a pci video card, TV tuner, and a better sound card and you'll be set!

Even with a geforce 9400, you cannot game well off this setup, but the atom is not targeted at that market.

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  • Keith J.
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