Speaking of the BIOS setup, it allows for the individual assignment of IRQs to each PCI slot ala the BIOS setup on the ABIT BX6 Revision 2.0, making the elimination of any IRQ conflicts extremely easy.  This is a problem with most other motherboards that feature on-board sound, however IWill quickly rid the user of any potential problems with that minor addition to the BIOS setup.

The PCB itself features enlarged text identifying important components and jumpers that will be beneficial during the installation process, such as the IDE connectors and the power switch connector. 

IWill's customary quick installation guide is the only form of written documentation you'll find with the LE370, however it is accompanied by a Drivers/Utility CD-ROM that contains a full fledged user's manual in addition to a number of other software utilities and goodies.  Following in the footsteps of AOpen's integration of Norton AntiVirus into every motherboard software bundle, IWill chose to include a copy of McAffee Virus Scan which adds to the overall value of the LE370. 

The stability of the LE370 was on par with that of the ABIT BM6/ZM6 as it completed AnandTech's rigorous stability tests flawlessly.   The performance of the LE370 is healthy in comparison to other motherboards of its class, and isn't a discriminating feature of the motherboard at all.

The Bad

There are a couple of layout related problems worth mentioning about the LE370.  The first is that the placement of the front I/O panels on the board prevents the installation of any full length PCI cards in the second PCI slot, luckily the second PCI slot shares an IRQ with the on-board audio and won't be a slot you'd be looking to occupy in any case. 

Other than that, the board isn't a bad design at all, unfortunately the choice to use the 440LX chipset eliminates the possibility of overclocking the Celeron 300A to 450MHz.

USB Compatibility

  • Number of Front Universal Serial Bus Root Ports: 0

  • Number of Rear Universal Serial Bus Root Ports: 2

  • USB IRQ Enable/Disable in BIOS: Yes

  • USB Keyboard Support in BIOS: Yes

Recommended SDRAM

SDRAM Tested: 1 x 64MB Mushkin PC100 SDRAM; 1 x 64MB Memory-Man PC100 SDRAM

Manufacturer: The Memory Man
Purchase Web-Site: http://www.memory-man.com

Manufacturer: Mushkin
Purchase Web-Site: http://www.mushkin.com

The Test

In recent times, choosing a motherboard cannot be completely determined by a Winstone score. Now, many boards come within one Winstone point of each other and therefore the need to benchmark boards against each other falls. Therefore you shouldn't base your decision entirely on the benchmarks you see here, but also on the technical features and advantages of this particular board, seeing as that will probably make the greatest difference in your overall experience.

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