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Old 27th July 2006, 14:09   #1
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Default DFI 662-TMG/G motherboard review-The Conroe supported SIS integrated budge solution

After the official release of Intel Conroe CPU in the end of July,
most of Conroe supported M/Bs are equipped with Intel 965/975 chipsets,
price range from 130 ~ 300 US dollars, depends on its market segment.







Although in general speaking, Intel chipsets have sound performance.
Before the Intel 945 chipset will be released and supported Conroe CPU,
This DFI 662-TMG/G comes with SIS 662 chipset and 85 U.S. dollars of the
competitive price will certainly draw some attention in the retail market.











Product package
Not DFI Infinity or LanParty middle to higher range of product line.
It is a general entry level product.














Unambitious motherboard accessories and cables.

















Motherboard appearance
All in one integrated product















The lower right hand corner:
SIS Mirage™ 1 graphics core,
there is a PCI-E X16 slot and two PCI slots for expansion cards.















The lower left hand corner:
South bridge is SIS 966, built-in with four SATA ports
and integrated with RAID 0, RAID 1 and JBOD functions.
Just a pity this M/B does not support SATA II, but is still equipped with two
IDE channels.















The upper right hand corner
Two single channel DRAM slots, support DDRII 533/667















CPU surrounded area:
3-phase PWM power design
with good quality Solid Aluminum electrolytic capacitors.
















I/O components
Realtek ALC655 6 channels audio chip
SIS 196 Gigabit network controller














Test environment
CPU:INTEL Core 2 Extreme X6800
MB: DFI 662-TMG/G
DRAM:Corsair TWIN2X2048-6400C3
VGA:ELSA 6800Ultra or SIS Mirage™ 1
HD:Seagate 7200.7 80GB
POWER:AcBel 550W
Cooler:Tower112










The test in this review was conducted with Intel highest range Conroe X6800
CPU, people asked the reason to use such high-end CPU, our reasons are:
1.Currently we do not have extra budget to purchase an extra middle to
lower range CPU for the review of low budget M/Bs, and this CPU is the only
one came across at the time of our review.

2.This review was done with this Conroe highest range X6800 CPU also
proved this SIS 662 entry level M/B is capable of using Conroe high
performance CPU.



system setting
CPU 266X11=>2.93G
DRAM DDRII 667 1GBX1

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CPU Queen













CPU ZLib














FPU Julia












Basic performance:
The CPU performance does not drop much on this all in one M/B.

DFI 662-TMG/G

Strength:
1. Low price “Conroe supported” M/B.
2. One PCI-E 16X expansion slot
3. The temperature on Southbridge and Northbridge keep in very acceptable
range during system operation.



Weakness:
1. does not support SATA II
2. There is still plenty of room for the improvement on BIOS Overclock setting.
3. No DVI connector





Front Side Bus could reach 266Mhz stable, with Pentium D 805/PD915 and other Pentium 4 products.
It will be a very economic PC solution to fit with Intel E4300 CPU for general
usage in the future.


The CPU frequency and built-in VGA performance will be on the next review…
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with the E4300 this can indeed make a very speedy PC for little $$
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