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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  • Zak - Sunday, January 18, 2004 - link

    I bought IS7 after reading this article and I've been having problems. Random resets, then BSOD after changing XP recovery settings. Over the past few months it worsened. In the begining it like once a week maybe. I wasn't concerned, bad driver I thought. Now it won't run more than an hour without BSOD. I have Corsair XMS DDR400 in it. I've played with memory settings for weeks, timings and voltages as well, reinstalled XPPro several times, updated BIOS, got all newest drivers and run out of ideas... I've put a stick of DDR333 because that's all have to test and I still get the same random BSOD, even durnig XP installation. I have no PCI cards in this box. Mushkin calls this board problematic and attributes the memory problems to forced implementation of PAT that is not normally present in 865. I may try getting it replaced by NewEgg but I don't suppose it'll help. I'm thinking about getting a 875 board instead. Zak.
  • Anonymous User - Friday, October 24, 2003 - link

    I would like to see part II of the roundup of the 865 chipset. I wonder what is the delay?
  • Anonymous User - Monday, October 13, 2003 - link

    I thought Part 2 would be out by now at least... There are good new boards out there I'd like to see... Shuttle AB60R (cheap and full featured) and Abit IC7-MAX3 (OTES for mobo power area). I am still looking forward to seeing this, eventually, right guys?
  • Anonymous User - Tuesday, October 7, 2003 - link

    Any comments on newer motherboards? Why hasn't supermicro been tested since 2000?

    Looking to compare supermicro
    Intel s875wp1-e and Super P4SCE (SuperServer 5013C-I (SYS-5013-CI)) for a $50k cluster

  • Anonymous User - Friday, August 29, 2003 - link

    Evan, how in the world is #4 going to research your statement when the articles/review comments forum gets purged/is gone now ?
  • Anonymous User - Saturday, August 23, 2003 - link

    Any word on Revision 2 of the Gigabyte 8knxp ultra board yet?
  • Anonymous User - Sunday, August 10, 2003 - link

    I bought the is7 after I read this article. It had many problems. I ended up having to ram this board twice. If you read the abit forum boards you will see alot of problems I am fairly surprised after all the tests this board was put through nothing ever went wrong. I will not buy another abit product period. I will stick to gigabye i've built 6 systems with Gigabyte and yet to have any problems with them. Save for the chipset fans having a low life.
  • Anonymous User - Friday, August 8, 2003 - link

    I bought the Abit IS7 and am completely pleased. One note is that many of the IS7's appear to be getting shipped with the gigabit lan as opposed to the sales brochure stated 10/100. (mine has the gigabit)
  • Anonymous User - Tuesday, August 5, 2003 - link

    How could it be that the Asus p4c 800 de luxe is more expensive then the asus p4p deluxe but in the testresults it is slower?

    I would think i am misinformed by the computershop?

    And the p4c deluxe got a gigabit lan on board, despite mentioning in the summary of this Mb it has not.
  • PixelDoc - Sunday, July 27, 2003 - link

    Error Re: Gigabyte GA-8KNXP MoBo
    This MoBo has 4, not 2 SATA connectors, 2 controlled by ICH5R and 2 more contolled by the SIL3112 chip.

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