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Digital-Daily : Motherboard Reviews : abit_amp_foxconn_intel_g31

abit & Foxconn (Intel G31)

abit & Foxconn (Intel G31)
Author: Aleksandr Mitrofanov
Date: 20.10.2008

The chipset Intel G31 is aimed at moderately priced office computers. Motherboards built on its base normally offer the MicroATX form factor and basic expansion options. The integrated graphic core Intel GMA 3100 is designed solely to handle office applications as well as simple 3D programs. We also note that entry motherboards do not offer overclockinig tools, while the few exceptions out of this rule are not successful among the PC enthusiasts.

In this review, we are examining two motherboards based on the Intel G31 chipset. One of these is made by Foxconn which has strong enough positions in the entry sector. The other motherboard is developed by abit whose products have almost vanished from retail stores. However sad that may seem, abit I-G31 is most likely to be the last motherboard of the formerly eminent company.

Specifications


abit I-G31 Foxconn G31MG-S
CPU - Intel Pentium 4 (Prescott (2M)/Gallatin/CedarMill) with the bus speeds 1066/800 MHz
- Dual-core Intel Pentium D / EE (Smithfield/Presler) with the bus speeds 1066/800 MHz
- Intel Celeron-D (Conroe-L/Prescott) with the bus speed 800 MHz
- Support for Intel Core 2 Duo (Kentsfield (4 cores), Conroe/Allendale (2 cores)) with the bus speeds 1066/800 MHz
- Support for Intel Yorkfield, Wolfdale with the bus speeds 1333/1066/800 MHz
- Socket LGA775
- Support for HyperThreading
Chipset - North bridge Intel G31 (GMCH)
- South bridge Intel ICH7
- Interbridge communication: DMI
System memory - Two 240-pin slots for DDR2 SDRAM DIMM
- Maximum memory capacity 4 GB
- Supported memory DDR2 667/800
- Dual-channel memory access
Graphics - One PCI Express x16 slot;
- Integrated graphic core Intel GMA 3100
Expansion options - Two 32-bit PCI Bus Master slots
- One PCI Express x1 slot
- Eight USB 2.0 ports (4 integrated + 4 additional)
- Integrated High Definition Audio 5.1
- Gigabit Ethernet LAN controller
- Two 32-bit PCI Bus Master slots
- One PCI Express x1 slot
- Eight USB 2.0 ports (4 integrated + 4 additional)
- Integrated High Definition Audio 7.1
- Gigabit Ethernet LAN controller
Overclocking options - - FSB adjustable within (200) 333 to 600 MHz in 1 MHz increments
- Adjustable voltages on the CPU, memory
Disk subsystem - 1 link for UltraDMA133/100/66/33 Bus Master IDE ( ICH7; with support for up to 2 ATAPI devices)
- Support for SerialATA II (4 links - ICH7)
- Support for LS-120 / ZIP / ATAPI CD-ROM
BIOS - 4 Mbit Flash ROM
- Award BIOS Phoenix with support for Enhanced ACPI, DMI, Green, PnP Features and Trend Chip Away Virus
Misc - One port for FDD, ports for PS/2 mouse and keyboard
- STR (Suspend to RAM)
- SPDIF Out

- One port for FDD, one serial, one parallel port, ports for PS/2 mouse and keyboard
- STR (Suspend to RAM)
- SPDIF Out

Power management - Wake-up on modem, mouse, keyboard, LAN, timer, and USB
- Main 24-pin ATX power connector
- Additional 4-pin power connector
Monitoring - Monitoring the temperatures of the CPU, system, PWM, voltage levels, rotational speeds of the three
- FanEQ
- Monitoring the temperature of the CPU, system, voltages, rotational speeds of the two fans
- Smart Fan
Dimensions - ATX form factor, 244x210 mm (9.62" x 8.27") - ATX form factor, 240x208 mm (9.6" x 8.2")

Retail boxes

Package design for the Foxconn's board:


Foxconn G31MG-S in a package box

We received the Foxconn's product in a make fully ready for batch production, but the abit's board arrived at our test lab in the test make - only the board in the package, so we can't rate its package bundle yet.

Foxconn G31MG-S, package bundle

  • motherboard;
  • User's Manual in English + brief usage guide;
  • Software & drivers CD;
  • ATA133 and FDD cables;
  • 2x SerialATA cables + two power supply adapters (2 connectors);
  • a cap for the rear panel of the housing.

The package bundle of Foxconn G31MG-S can't be referred to as rich, however for its price $45 it includes all the required items.


Foxconn G31MG-S, package bundle

Content:

  • Page 1 - Specifications, package bundle
  • Page 2 - Layout and Features; Expansion options
  • Page 3 - BIOS, monitoring, overclocking tools
  • Page 4 - Performance and conclusions




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