FIC KT-748 Motherboard Review

WholeBoard

Introduction


First International Computer (FIC) sent over a budget-oriented motherboard based on the SiS 748 chipset for Athlon XP CPUs. It supports all Socket A chips, up to and including the Barton 3200+. It is aimed at the budget-builder market, a spot that has been dominated for the last few years by the ECS K7S5A, which sold very well and provided a good value for the price. The FIC board, has many of the same features, and is aimed for the same market. However, it has many features over the ECS board, such as support for PC3200 DDR RAM, AGP8x support, optional 5.1 onboard audio, up to 400MHz FSB, and USB 2.0.

As you can see, this board has pretty standard features. As it is marketed as a budget board, it lacks things like Serial-ATA and hardware RAID, but those are things that people looking for a budget board are probably not concerned about. Below is a complete list of specifications from FIC’s website.

Processor
– AMD Athlon, AMD Athlon XP & AMD Duron

Front Side Bus(MHz)

– 400/333/266/200

Chipset

– SiS 748

System Memory


– (3) 184-pin DDR DIMM Sockets (2.5v)
– DDR 400/333/266/200 ( PC3200/2700/2100/1600)
– Support for up to 3GB (2GB PC3200)

Expansion Slots

– (1) AGP 8x, supports 1.5v Slot
– (5) PCI (PCI 2.2 compliant)

Onboard IDE

– (2) ATA 133/100/66 Bus Master IDE

Onboard FDD

– (1) Floppy Disk Drive (FDD) Connector (Supports Modes, 1.2/1.44/2.88 mb)

Onboard Audio

– 5.1 Channel Integrated Audio (optional w/header)
– AC’97 CODEC

Onboard Ethernet

– Integrated 10/100

Onboard I/O

– 6 USB 2.0/1.1 (4 onboard/2 extra with header)
– Wake-on-LAN

Back Panel Connectors

– (1) PS/2 Mini-DIN keyboard Port
– (1) PS/2 Mini-DIN Mouse Port
– (4) USB 2.0 / 1.1
– (1) Parallel (25-Pin Female 1284 IEEE Bi-Directional SPP/EPP/ECP mode)
– (2) Serial (RS-232 Standard 9-Pin Male, 16550 UART compatible)
– (3) Audio jacks (Line-Out/Line-In/Microphone)
– (1) RJ-45 Ethernet port