The IDE and floppy connectors are nicely located near the drive bays, allowing the cables to be shorter and kept out of the main airflow in the case very important, as we discovered. There are no switches on the board and the only jumper is for clearing CMOS, which is located in an easily accessible spot — at the edge of the board in front of PCI slot 2, right next to the panel connectors and battery. Due to the uncluttered layout, full length cards are not an issue at all. One item to note is that the board is equipped with only a single external serial port. They did not implement the AC97 built-in Audio. One noticeable feature on the motherboard is the number of voltage regulator chips required to handle the power requirements of the Athlon processor.

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Pages: 1 2 3 4 Overview The introduction of the AMD Athlon has proven to be an exciting, but also frustrating experience for many. There have been at least two dozen reviews of the Athlon, almost all of which have proclaimed it the fastest x86 processor currently available. Unfortunately, without a motherboard to run it on, it is only so much silicon.

Though AMD had hoped that boards would be available on the launch date, several factors prevented that, not the least of which was concern about reliability and stability see this report. Fortunately the issues appear to have been resolved, including the problems with power supplies.

We still believe that a good power supply is critical, and would encourage users to consider using one of those on the approved list anyway. One reason so few manufacturers took the plunge initially is that designing and producing a new motherboard is costly, and many have feared that Intel would be able to run AMD out of business before they could recoup their investments. The other problem is that no established chipset manufacturer is currently offering product to support the Athlon, forcing AMD to develop their own, giving rise to concerns about compatibility and stability.

FIC is one of only a handful of manufacturers who decided to jump on to the Athlon bandwagon early, and should have retail product in the channel soon. The Athlon is targeted towards a much higher-end user than the traditional AMD offerings, including mid-range servers and 3D workstations. As such, FIC has targeted their motherboard for this market, as well as the avid 3D gamer who demands top performance and is willing to pay a little extra for it.

In our review, we attempt to determine if the board has the qualifications to satisfy these markets. FIC has indicated that the retail product will be available sometime in September, most likely mid-month. Actual pricing and quantities were not known as of the date of publication, but should be available shortly.


Re: Athlon/FIC SD11

Shaktikree Ars Legatus Legionis et Subscriptor. Sincere you have a first generation motherboard and yours works ok? The time now is Jun 8, Posts: Fri Jul 14, 5: To start viewing sd1, select the forum that you want to visit from the selection below. Well, The good new is I have semi successfully built ric of my first two computers. Win cleared that up.


FIC SD-11 AMD 750/VIA 686A Slot-A ATX

Well I got the bug and got the Herc. Results 1 to 6 of 6 Thread: The SD11 ran a Savage 4 for me just fine for months with the exception of UT which locked it up every half hour. May 3, Posts: Lumpenprole Ars Tribunus Militum Registered: Thing locked up after 2 — 3 seconds of any direct 3d app tried multiple driver versions, etc etc. What BIOS version are you running? Just run my processor and stuff whre it should be? Well, The good new is I have semi successfully built one of my first two computers.


FIC SD11 - motherboard - ATX - Slot A - AMD-751 Specs

I have the latest version of Sandra BTW. Otherwise, you may want a new motherboard. I put the SD11 back in no reinstall of windows mind you and it works. Or if you want, try some other benchmarking programs to see if those marks are better.


Next Generation Motherboard Platforms - Part 1: The Athlon Craze


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