Azza 815EPX socket 370

Monday, July 30, 2001


Introduction

The Azza 815EPX is one of the newest boards on the market to base itself around the Intel 815EP chipset. One of the more interesting aspects of the 815EPX is its support for Azza-Up - a feature that allows USB and audio ports to be relayed to the front of the system, rather than the back. Azza-Up is included as part of the Jumbo Pack version of the 815EPX board. As for the rest, the 815EPX is essentially a conventional board, with all the normal features one might expect, including support for PC133 memory and ATA100 drives.

Let's take a closer look.

Hardware Characteristics of the Azza 815EPX
CPU
Intel(R) Pentium(R) III (FC-PGA) / CeleronTM Processor
500MHz~1GHz or faster processor
Chipset
Intel(R) 815EP chipset. (544 BGA)+ Intel(R) ICH2 chipset. (241 BGA)
Form factor
ATX - 30.5cm X 21cm
Expansion
5 PCI - 0 ISA - 2 CNR - 1 AGP - 4 USB
Memory
3X 168-pins DIMM SDRAM 512Mb PC133
FSB
66Mhz to 166Mhz in 1Mhz increment in the BIOS.
Vcore adj.
+0.05v, +0.1v, +0.2v, +0.3v, +0.4v, -0.05v, -0.1v,
Vio adj.
NA
Audio chipset
embeded into the chipset


Configuration

Configuration of the Azza 815EPX is a mostly jumperless affair, with the BIOS being employed in most things. Only a single set of jumpers labeled SW1 are present, and they can be used to set the FSB to 66MHz, 100MHz, or 133MHz.

As expected, the FSB frequency can also be set within "Frequency/Voltage Control" menu within the BIOS. Here, users will be presented the with frequencies ranging from 66MHz to 166MHz in 1MHz steps.

The clock multiplier can also be set to between 3X and 8X from within the same menu.
Next on the list, we found that the Vcore voltage can be adjusted (as indicated by the above table) from within the "Chipset Features Setup" menu.

Finally, the independant memory bus can be set to operate at a frequency of 100MHz, or 133MHz, or to an automatic setting determined by the system.

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