Burningissues takes a long hard look at the new
Iwill MPX2 Motherboard:
We decided to test this board some five months ago on catching industry rumour on its likely capabilities: in late May 2002 we sourced & paid for three Revision 1.3 MPX2's with very low serial numbers [59-61]......This review is of these two MPX2's, with any strange behaviour checked against the third sample.....This approach avoids drawing conclusions from a single sample......
Burning Issues Review that
starts "Get this thing now....." Well we must have been
impressed with the Bios saviour
Hot Air . . . there's a lot of it about: some on the web & some much hotter air in your system. We look at how to accurately measure how hot a heatsink's running,
& how to quickly use the results to calibrate MotherBoardMonitor accurately [at LAST] so you know when the thing's about to melt. Er - one slight snag only: we need to accurately test the model of fansink you use - start picketing your favourite makers now . . . . . .
GOrbal-luvvin' is the deviance of choice among geeks: burningissues joins in the fun - only for those not easily shocked.
Burningissues has received an unexpected amount of feedback & information after our report on the MSI 694D-ProA dual-CPU motherboard: The result's building
into a growing series of linked tweaks & mods to get the best out of this impressive product. At present we cover: [hardcore] vcore stability tweak; Northbridge cooler mod; BIOS-flashing guide; RAID-mod
Stage 1 - converts the models A/AI to "RAID -lite" AR/AIR spec & (Our NEW addition) RAID-mod Stage 2 -goes beyond
anything store-bought & unlocks the full functionality & performance of the onboard Promise PDC20265 controller to give RAID 0/1/0+1, full 4-HD support, & variable stripe-size. We also illustrate the only secure yet reversible "RAID-mod" resistor-method so far - it's just
like putting a plug in [er - well - that's exactly what it is].
Burningissues still can't put together an ordinary motherboard review; from France we have a very personal and passionate review of two 'clockers' boards: the
Soyo SY-7VCA and the Asus CUSL2. Our favourite bit is where we learn an Adaptec PCI-host: "declared itself MUCH faster than usual" - this was at - er - 46MHz PCI-bus . . . . .
Once bitten, twice shy - Burning Issues first motherboard review was to be of the first affordable FC-PGA dual board - the MSI 694D-Pro A: what we ended up
with ain't exactly a review - though it took a sight longer than many reviews you'll have read - but may be of some help to anyone else looking for the absolute stability which burning-enthusiasts must have. Due to Burning Issues
receiving an unexpected amount of information & comment we are able to bring you two follow ups and tweaks - Hardwired Vcore control and hacking
the onboard Promise PDC 20265 ATA100 controller to be recognised & to work as a Promise FasTrak ATA100 RAID controller.
If you want to keep your CPU cool without: a) having to wear ear-plugs, & b) having an alloy half-brick in your computer - visit our Radial Cooler Review &
examine the latest widgets under fire.
Is your machine loaded? . . . and you don't live in Alaska? - visit our Making a Plenum & keep your cool.