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Round Up - Integrated 3D Graphics Motherboard Shootout

Review by Edward Chang, call sign: Big_E

September 22, 2002

 

FIC AT31 Fusion

The Board:

The First Edition

The FIC AT31 sports a PCB that compliments ATI colors. In comparison to other motherboards around, this FIC AT31 has a rather peculiar design. Two components immediately stand out: an unusually placed ATX power connector and the long wire circumventing the memory slots that provide power to the AT31 Northbridge cooling fan. This poses no harm, but is just aesthetically unpleasing. The placement of the ATX power connector proves beneficial; as it allows the ATX power cable from the power supply unit to stay clear of the CPU cooler. Among other intrigues, the ATI IGP320 is coupled with an older VIA 686B Southbridge, rather than the familiar VT8233 found on most KT333-based motherboards. Furthermore, it has two jumpers for FSB selection. Overclocking features on this integrated motherboard was less than spectacular; supporting limited FSB frequency selection in the BIOS and no voltage tweaks. The integrated ATI Radeon VE graphics chipset, Realtek 10/100 ethernet, and room for upgrade makes this board an ideal integrated micro-ATX solution for a low-end system.

 

Processor:

AMD Duron Socket A 600~1.2GHz@200MHz FSB

AMD Athlon Socket A 700MHz~1.4GHz@200MHz FSB

AMD Athlon Socket A 1GHz~1.4GHz@266MHz FSB

AMD Athlon XP Socket A 1500+~2100+@266MHz FSB

 

 

Chipset:

ATi IGP320 chipset

 

Memory:

2 DDR DIMM; up to 2GB PC2100 DDR SDRAM

 

Onboard Audio:

Integrated audio in the VIA 686B (Audio could be disabled via BIOS)

 

Onboard I/O Connectors:

2 serial ports, 1 parallel port, 1 PS/2 mouse and keyboard connector, 2 USB connectors + 1 USB front pin-header supports 2 devices, 1 media connector (Line-in, Line-out, Mic-in, Game port)

 

Onboard PCI IDE:

2 dual-channeled enhanced PCI Bus Master IDE connectors

Ultra DMA 33/66/100

 

Onboard LAN:

Realtek 8100L 10/100 Mbps

 

Expansion Slots:

1 AGP (4X), 3 PCI

 

BIOS:

ACPI 1.0B, APM 1.2, PnP 1.0a, SMBIOS 2.3, DMI 2.0 , WfM 2.0 , Smart for HDD, USB 1.1, PC99, PCI 2.2,Y2K compliant

 

Form Factor:

uATX 9.6" x 9.6"

 

Southbridge vicinity

 

Protection & Managment:

ACPI ready(STD)

CPU and Memory FSB settings

Hardware Monitoring: Temperature/ Voltage/ System fan control monitoring

Hardware based intelligent anti-virus protection Auto Power Failure Recovery

WOL

Keyboard/Mouse wake up

NOVUS: Clockometer, Overclock Partner, Hot Key, Logo Genie, BIOS Guardian, and

 

Package Contents:

1 motherboard

1 TV Out Card

1 manual

1 CD-PRO

1 CD-Plus

1 Power DVD XP

1 ATA33 IDE Cable and 1 FDD Cable

 

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Radeon 4890

Conficker Virus

Goliathus Mouse Pad

Hard Drive Destruction

OLPC=The Next Newton?

QPAD Gaming Mousepad

FSP BoosterX 5

Fusion Side Marker

eStarling ImpactV

Itami FiTrainer

Patriot WARP 128GB

Cyber Snipa 5.1

Game Bag 2.1

System Cache

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