Intel D865PERL - Page 4

..:: D865PERL ďRock LakeĒ Layout: Southbridge & Memory Areas ::..

The bottom right hand corner of the D865PERL is one of the cleanest areas component wise of the motherboard, featuring several solder points for various chips that I assume are optional for the OEM buyer. Here we can see solder points for two additional SATA connectors, along with a secondary SATA RAID Controller. There are also solder points for two more IDE ports, along with the IDE RAID Controller that would be needed to power these connections. The first physical items that we come across in this area of the motherboard are two headers, one for an optional rear USB 2.0 expansion bracket, the white header is for your front panel LED and power button connections, and finally this are also houses the system battery.

As we move up the board, we next come across the system BIOS chip, and the blue BIOS configuration jumper, along with the onboard system buzzer. This BIOS configuration jumper is only of major concern if you plan on adjusting options that are not available to you normally, albeit only one or two items. Located directly above the system battery, we come across both of the Serial ATA connectors, along with the ICH5-R Southbridge chip itself. The last items in this area are a two-pin chassis intrusion header, and the last three-pin power connector for the front system fan.

The area around the four DIMMís is, once again, very well organized. The two main IDE connectors are placed high on the board, as is the floppy connector. The black IDE connector is the primary, while the white connector is the secondary. The main ATX power connector is located in an ideal position and will aid in the proper airflow of the system by not being in the way. As we can see, there are tow setís of DIMMís, with each running on their own memory controller. In order to run in dual channel mode, you must place matching RAM in either DIMM0 or DIMM1. Lastly, we have the NSC PC87372 LPC Super I/O chip in the far upper right corner of the PCB.

Overall, the Intel D865PERL sports a very clean and well organized layout. I canít really find of any major, or even minor, issues that I have with the design of the motherboard, just as we experienced with the D875PBZ. All of the main items on the PCB are placed well, and are all in easily accessible positions. As I stated previously, the one thing that really makes this unit stand out, besides the attractive black PCB, would have to be the substantial heatsink for the 82865PE Northbridge. This is the now third board that we have seen from Intel that is sporting a superb design, and the second that sports this new substantial passive Northbridge heatsink. Now that weíve seen the design, letís see what the BIOS offers up.