Date: April 25th, 2003
Article by: Nathan Glentworth
(Owner, Head Editor & Hardware Reviewer)
Product was donated by: Via
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INCLUDED BONUS PRODUCT (cont'd)
So, you can never seem to get your motherboard monitor software running
properly. To rid you of this burden, Via included a full monitoring suite
to keep track of your voltages, temperatures and fan speeds. It worked
pretty slick and saves rebooting and looking in the bios for true temperature
Last, but certainly not least is the included system configuration software.
It's always a great thing to have every bit of information about your
software version and hardware configuration when trouble shooting some
conflicts or instability.
I'm a definite fan of having extra toys to connect to my new motherboard.
What does Via kick into the mix?....
Well, for starters, you get a set rounded cables. Everyone knows that
rounded cable contribute to better airflow in your case. In my opinion,
I would consider rounded cables a stock option with performance motherboards.
Getting a couple of 99 cent cables with a $150+ motherboard is a little
cheap and rounded cables are not that expensive.
And check this out for an extra! A fully functional memory card/stick
reader to help you download your digital photography in a flash (no pun
intended). Some people may be a little peaved at the lack of a compact
flash port, but for us Fuji digital camera owners with Smartmedia cards,
we appreciate it.