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The Board - Part Two

The ALC 650 codec chip from RealTek is used on the AN19E.  Although this is not the best solution available, it does provide more than decent sound quality.  I could barely tell the difference in quality between the ALC 650 and my Sound Blaster Live in every day tasks.  The AN19E supports 5.1 channel audio, you use the back audio panel to connect the audio output.  The ALC 650 also supports SPDIF functions; however our bundle did not have this cable included.

The AN19E uses the VIA VT6103 LAN chip. The VT6103 chips support 100Mb/s and 10Mb/s speeds.  While not top of the line, the VT6103 should satisfy most for people planning to get their PC on a shared network or simply use it for a high speed internet connection.

The AN19E features RAID support via the Highpoint HPT372 Ultra ATA133 IDE RAID controller supporting RAID 0+1 functions in addition to the standard RAID 0 and 1 used on the Promise RAID controller featured on the previously reviewed SOYO P4ISR, DFI NB72-SR.

Serial ATA support is provided via the Silicon Image’s SATALink Sil 3112 stand alone host controller chip supporting Serial ATA. With its 32-bit 33/66 MHz PCI interface, the Sil 3112 can support two independent Serial ATA devices.

KT400 Diagram

The AN19E is based on the VIA KT400 north bridge and the VIA VT8235 south bridge spotting today’s latest technologies. The KT400 North Bridge is VIA’s latest AMD Athlon solution offering support for DDR333 SDRAM, AGP8X graphics, ATA-133, USB 2.0 and an 8x V-Link chip interconnect letting the North Bridge and VT 8235 South Bridge communicate with a bandwidth up to 533MB/s.

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