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The Transcend TS-ASL3

Transcend has been around since 1988. They are best known for their quality memory products. Their memory products cover the entire digital spectrum, including high-end workstations, servers, desktops, notebooks and PDA’s, printers, digital cameras, fax machines and even Game Consoles.

The Mainboard
  • 815E Intel Chipset
  • ATA/100 Compatible
  • 6 PCI Slots
  • 1 CNR (Communication and Networking Riser) Slot
  • Supports 4 USB ports (Optional)
  • Supports Intel PIII/ Celeron Series based processors
  • AIMM (AGP Inline Memory Module) support - Optional
  • Advanced Tweak Utilities (Overclocking)

100 - 150$

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The 815E Chipset

The 815 chipset was announced in early July 2000 at Computex 2000. The 815 platforms came to the market to give the expensive, Rambus enabled, 820 platforms a break. That’s how we the consumers see it anyway. Intel had a very different point of view when they finally released this RDRAM killer. Intel stated a few times that the 815 chip-set would be a low cost solution, and to prove that, they included an integrated low cost video solution and limited its memory expansion to today’s minimum specifications (512mb)

The 815 platforms offer everything a VIA133A, i810E, BX chip-sets combined all together has to offer, and much more. The Solano 815 chip-set was available under two different phases at first and just a few months back a third version showed up.  First and second are the 815 and the 815E. What differs both is their South Bridge. The most advanced version with the E is using a newer I/O Controller Hub, also known as ICH. The newer ICH stepping name is ICH2. The ICH2 offers several newer improvements over ICH such as the use of four USB ports, CNR support and support of the newer ATA100 standard. The I/O controller hub2 can be found in newer Intel platforms such as the i840 and i820 with the new E stepping. The ICH version in the other hand offers similar features to today’s recent available platforms such as the 810 chipset. The older ICH supports the standard features as ATA/66, two USB ports. A reasonable money difference between both versions could be noticed. It will be up to you, the user, to decide which will fit your needs. Features such as ATA/100 might not always be worth the money, but features like four USB ports could definitely come in handy these days. The third version of the 815 is 815EP Chipset. This one is an identical solution to the 815E but does not features the integrated video adapter, making it a better choice for the users that will be using their own 3D Graphics card.

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