Intel D815EEA Review :: Features

07-25-2000 · Category: Motherboards

By Julian Data

From the list, you can see there are several features that seem uncommon due to Intel's naming scheme.

One is the CNR, which stands for Communication and Networking Riser slot. What is basically known as a networking/Ethernet card, if you plan on using this option it will use up one of the PCI slots. A connection for use is at the back panel above the USB ports. I like having this idea to a point if you need to get one of your networked computers up and running quickly.

The second is the DVO (Digital Video Output) connection, almost resembling a little SCSI connection; this provides you with a digital output for flat panel, digital CRT or TV out.

Just like the Intel CC820 board I reviewed earlier this year, there are four dual-color LEDs found at the back panel. These aid you in diagnosing what's going on with the computer. These LEDs light up with two different colors and in the manual you find out exactly what your system is doing. Like I said in that review, I like audible beeps but having something visually to look at is another plus, as this will expedite troubleshooting for those computer techs out there.

There is also Intel's AGP Card Retention Mechanism - not listed - that helps keeps the AGP card stable and firmly inserted. Yet, in order for you to use this device, you need to have an AGP card that has a notch since this device uses this area to adhere to the card.

I like the overall features of the board.

What do you get?

Intel gives the following necessary items with the D815EEA: Quick Reference Manual for installation, a motherboard sticker (shows layout of the board and various connections - nice), CD (contains latest drivers, manual, AV, etc.), ATA 66 IDE cables, IDE cable, AGP Retention Mechanism and a new back panel. What's missing? There's no FD cable. No problem for me, though, since I don't use a floppy drive. Call me crazy, but I see no need for one as everything is CD/DVD nowadays. It's time to move forward people!

The board is documented well, I wasn't lost or confused. Descriptions are somewhat brief. Also, the documentation is in several languages. The manual on the CD in PDF format contains the troubleshooting codes for the LEDs and the audible beeps.

Description

Mounting hole locations are the norm with the exception of one in the middle of the board, which could lead to flexing when installing expansion cards, though this board feels as if it has a six-layer configuration. Other than that, I don't see a problem for mounting the fasteners, especially when looking near the memory slots.

The expansion slot layout consists of the AGP being first and is then followed by the remaining five PCI slots.

The electrical connection for the ATX power supply is located at the very right of the board atop the FDC connection, which is near the IDE connections. To the right of these connections are the three memory slots, then the ZIF socket. The CPU fan header is located at the upper left of the socket that is surrounded by some capacitors. Continuing left of the board, you have the rear panel that is the host of a myriad of connections. Of course, you have the norm of connections with the exception that one of the serial connections is missing, which is substituted for a VGA connection due to the onboard video. Also, the RJ45 connection for the network is atop of the two USB connections. Since there is onboard audio, you also have the MIDI/gameport, lineout, line-in and microphone connections. And let me not forget those four diagnostic LEDs that are sandwiched in between the serial and audio connections. Of course, these connections are color-coded, which helps one make these connections effortlessly.

For the other audio and video connections, they are behind the read audio connections at the back panel. There's no way for one to get confused about the locality, since there are two humongous capacitors (World Trade Center as I call it) near them. The DVO connection is also located near here!

Near the bottom right of the board, you will find the front USB connection to add two more channels, CMOS battery, idiot light/switch headers and the WOL connection.