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Review : Introduction to SUPoX AP45+GTR Intel P45 +ICH 10R mainboard with Q-SSD feature
Bluetooth 14 May 2008

Introduction

 

The Intel P35 chipset took the market by storm last year. We see them almost everywhere. One thing lacking though on the P35 is the support of higher speed processors, DDR support and PCI Gen 2 support. Although higher FSB speeds are not officially supported on the P35. We have seen numbers reaching beyond 500MHz.

The Intel P45 is slated to debut around Computex 2008. With this new north bridge, will it be able to do better than it's previous generation chipsets? Perhaps.

Today, we take a look at a rather interesting design from SuPoX.  This AP45+GTR as it name implies is a P45 chipset mainboard with a ICH10R. This board supports all
45nm/65nm Socket LGA775 for Intel Core 2 Quad processor, Intel Core 2 Duo processor E8000/E6000/ E4000 series with 800/1066/1333 MHz front-side bus

The board will have 4x 240-pin DDR2 SDRAM DIMM sockets. it supports up to 1.8v DDR2-667/800/1066 DIMMs with dual channel architecture. It also support single-sided or double-sided, non-ECC, DIMMs with 256Mb/512Mb/1Gb/2Gb devices with a max of 8GB of  system memory

The board comes with two PCI connectors compliant with PCI v2.3
One PCI-Express (x4) connectors compliant with PCI Express 1.0a #1
One PCI Express (x16) connector compliant with PCI Express 2.0a #2
One PCI Express (x8) connector for extra PCI-E VGA in GLI (Graphics Link Interface) mode #3
(#1: The PCI-E X16 Slot works in PCI-E X4 Mode
#2,#3: Two PCI-E X16 Slots may work in PCI-E G2 X16+X0 or X8+X8 Mode )

In terms of expansion, it has 12 USB connectors compliant with USB2.0 from embedded USB controller (6 connectors at rear panel). SATA wise, it has six S-ATA II ports with up to 300MB/s bandwidth from ICH10R, Support intel Matrix Raid 0,1,)+1,5 (AP45+ GTR). Two SATAII port with up to 300MB/s bandwidth from enhanced JMB363, Support JMB Raid0,1. There is also a PATA channel supported by the Jmicron controller JMB363.

Something unique about this board is the Q-SSD/ CF Card conenctor on board. It provides 1 CF X266 port with up to 54MB/s bandwidth for DIY SSD / HDD, Q-SSD is SUPoX Features

There is also one Gb Ethernet from Realtek RTL8111B(Colay Rtl8111C) PCI-E (x1) controller and a HDA audio using ALC888. It supports selectable 2, 6 or 8-CH audio from Realtek ALC888 (Colay ALC883) HDA compliant CODEC
Support rear panel SPDIF Coaxial & Optical output. (Optional)
Support rear panel SPDI Coaxial input. (Optional)
Support Aux-In, CD-In
Support Front panel audio for Mic-In and stereo Line-out only.
(Front panel Line-out electrically shared with rear panel Line-out).
Support Jack detection for fool-proof audio device installation

BIOS:
8Mb Flash EEPROM with Award Plug & Play BIOS (Colayout with 8 pin SPI ROM)
Support Q- Boot for fast bootable device selection

Special Features:
Support KBPO (Keyboard Power ON) function
Support Wake-On-LAN by PME
Onboard 80 Post-Port Q-LED display
Onboard Q-Shine LED for display PS-on ,HDD , CIHP,Memory workning status
Onboard Q-Button for convenient power-on,Reset ,Clear CMOS
Support Asynchronous clocking mode between FSB and PCI/PCI-E

Q-Tune BIOS for excellent overclocking features:
Programmable FSB and PCI Clock output frequency with 1MHz fine tuning
Support BIOS adjustable CPU multiplier, FSB clock, PCI-E x16 clock, DIMM frequency
Support BIOS adjustable voltage for CPU Core, chipset and DIMM

Powerful utilities for Windows:
Q-Tune Flash for BIOS update without requiring DOS flash utility and bootable diskette
Q-Screen for personal bootup screen design
 

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