Even after finishing our 5-way memory compatibility comparison that tested seventeen different Pentium 4 motherboards, we still had lots of work ahead of us. Today we bring you the first part of a two-part 865PE/875P roundup series. Part 1 includes twenty different 865PE and 875P motherboards, while Part 2 will include another thirteen to fifteen P4 motherboards. We will announce the runner-ups in Part 2.

Usually we don’t do 20-way motherboard roundups because they would take up an enormous amount of space if they were to follow our normal motherboard format, where five pages of information are dedicated to each motherboard and an entire benchmark suite is run. So to write a 20-way motherboard roundup we were forced to condense all the important 865PE/875P motherboard information we had into charts and graphs so that you, our readers, won't have to peruse 100+ pages to find the motherboard you’re looking for. This is why we’re breaking up our 865PE/875P coverage into separate roundups. Don’t worry though, we’ve managed to kept all the important data for this roundup that you normally read about in our individual motherboard reviews.

Read on to find out what we think about some of the latest and greatest Pentium 4 motherboards on the market and why you just may be interested in purchasing one of these motherboards in the near future...

UPDATED 6/13/2003

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  • Anonymous User - Thursday, July 24, 2003 - link

    Could anyone clarify if the information for the sound system on the Abit IS7 is correct? The article lists it as being an Analog Devices AD1985. I thought it was Realtek?

  • Anonymous User - Wednesday, July 23, 2003 - link

    What a great article!
    We're waiting for the Part 2... :B
  • Evan Lieb - Monday, July 21, 2003 - link

    I bet that the Part 1 thread would be posted by a certain date, and it was indeed posted on that date. I never anything about Part 2, because I've been thinking of adding more benchmarks and data in general to round out any and all Pentium 4 motherboard testing until Prescott arrives.

    Anonymous User #4, you should always research your recollections if you can't exactly "recall" certain events correctly. ;)
  • Evan Lieb - Monday, July 21, 2003 - link

  • Anonymous User - Friday, July 18, 2003 - link

    As I recall, Evan made a bet on the part 2 being posted a while back.... the thread was mysteriously removed though.
  • Anonymous User - Wednesday, July 16, 2003 - link

    So, what month/year will part 2 be posted?
  • Anonymous User - Sunday, July 6, 2003 - link

    I read that the Epox 4pca3+ could do a 1,85 vcore with a bois update.. If anyone know where to find this bios update, please e-mail me zimen1@msn.com
    I really can't find it.
  • Anonymous User - Sunday, July 6, 2003 - link

    I also fried my MSI 875P Neo-FIS2R when I updated the BIOS from 1.2 to 1.4. I got a replacement board, but have been hesitant to try again based on my prior experience. Based on your experience with 1.5, (and now 1.6 is available), I'm willing to take another chance.

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