Intel D865PERL - Page 7

..:: D865PERL "Rock Lake" Conclusion ::..

Well, weíve seen all that the Intel i865PE chipset has to offer, and we have seen the performance of the Intel D865PERL, now itís time to round it all up and call it a day. As usual, weíll start our summation with the overall system stability. The overall stability of the system was as we expected from an Intel brand motherboard, rock solid. In my period of time with the motherboard, I have not yet encountered one major or minor issue with that of system stability. I have been running multiple distributed computing programs in the background while gaming and doing other processor intensive things for several days non-stop and have had no stability issues whatsoever. This is exactly what we want in a motherboard, and the D865PERL brings it to the table as we expected.

Overall, the Intel D865PERL sports a very clean and well organized layout. The only two problems I can see with the layout of this board deal with the fact that if you want to swap RAM in or out, youíll have to first remove the graphics adapter to do so due to the positioning of the AGP slot and DIMMís. The small capacitor located under the locking tab on the AGP slot also could pose a small problem, but that wonít be anything major as these boards will more than likely end up in closed system where prying hands such as mine arenít a common problem.

The D865PERL comes along with a nice feature set when fully equipped. Our test sample came outfitted with everything available for the board, along with several of the new onboard audio technologies. I have to say, this board has probably the best onboard audio I have heard in some time. This is the first onboard audio solution I know of that has really been able to put out some nice deep bass without much distortion or booming in the sound. We saw in our tests that a PCI based solution did indeed provide for better frame rates, but Iíd gladly sacrifice a few frames for enhanced audio quality.

The BIOS that comes along with the D865PERL is exactly what we were hoping for in the D865PERL. Give the fact that it is the new high performance motherboard from Intel, it makes sense that they would continue their limited memory tweaking and overclocking options. As mentioned in the BIOS portion of the review, the BIOS allows for overclocking, or even underclocking of anywhere between -2% and +4%. The Intel BIOS also sports a nice fan control option to keep your system running as silently as possible when in operation. If the system temps are low, you can set the fans to be turned off, or run at a slow speed.

To sum things up, Iíd say that much as we noted with the i875P chipset, the i865PE puts up some very nice numbers. With the added support for the new 800MHz FSB Pentium 4 chips, Dual Channel, DDR400, Communication Streaming Architecture, and all of the other features, this is one chipset that youíll want to keep in mind when it comes time to upgrade. The Intel D865PERL motherboard which is, of course, equipped with the i865PE chipset also put up some very nice performance results in each and every one of our benchmarks. If youíre looking to do some heavy overclocking, then this clearly isnít the board for you. If youíre looking for stability, features, and performance without all of the added overclocking features, then this could indeed be the board for you. Since several i865PE motherboards have already been available for purchase for weeks now, even though the chipset hadnít even been officially announced by Intel, we have been able to take a comparison look at the prices between the i865PE and i875P based motherboards. Iíve seen i865PE board running for a mean value of roughly $145 or so, while the mean value for the i875P boards is over $200. With the performance differences weíve seen today, I simply cannot justify spending the extra cash on an i875P motherboard on a performance basis. Since i875P is more of a workstation chipset, these boards comes equipped with several add-on features that can quickly run up the cost of the board. If you want the best of the best, then i875P is the way to go, but if youíre looking for high performance at a better price, look towards the i865PE motherboards. The Intel D865PERL itself has earned a total of 92 points, and thus takes home the Editorís Choice Award. Iíd like to thank Intel for all their help in supplying the motherboard for review, and thanks to all of you for reading!

  • Stability: 10.0
  • Design: 9.0
  • Features: 9.0
  • BIOS / Overclocking: 8.5
  • Performance: 9.5
    Total: 92 Points