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Intel mainboards are installed in enormous number of computer systems. Back in the days I was practically shocked to find out that Intel and not ATI or Nvidia was the world’s leader in graphics chips manufacturing. It means that our high-performance systems with overclocked processors and powerful graphics cards are exceptions to the rule, while most computers in this world feature modest mainboards with Intel’s integrated graphics onboard. There are several reasons for that. It is evident that an office PC doesn’t need a mainboard on a flagship core logic set, an overclocked CPU and a gaming graphics card. And a quiet home system for elementary tasks such as video playback or internet surfing also doesn’t need high-performance (read: expensive and power-hungry) components.

These are logical reasons, but there are also a number of less evident factors. For example, there is an opinion that Intel processors work best on Intel based mainboards and it is even better if this mainboard is made by Intel, too. Therefore, users often try to put together a set of an Intel CPU and Intel mainboard. There exist legends about super-reliability of mainboards from Intel. In fact, any manufacturer tries to make their products as reliable as possible, and there is much smaller chance of a failure if the product is running in nominal mode without involving any specific functions and technologies. In these merciful conditions any other mainboard will work just fine, unless it has an internal defect.

Finally, we can’t disregard the fact that AMD accuses Intel of breaking the rules of fair competition and putting pressure on manufacturers and retailers. It’s a pity that they got to court hearings only now when Intel does in fact produce good processors with evidently great performance and overclocking features. Contemporary Intel CPUs do not need any suspicious distribution tricks to get popular unlike their predecessors “speeding up the Net”. Of course, it is unfair to make any accusations before the court rules, and the sales and production partners do not rush to reveal anything interesting just yet. Of course, no one wants to ruin the relationship with a powerful partner like Intel. Besides, they may also get in trouble once the details surface.

Anyway, but for the reasons explained above and not yet explained, Intel mainboards have a pretty significant share in the world’s computer systems. So, why don’t we know a lot about them? Why aren’t there a lot of reviews available?  There are also a number of reasons explaining this situation, but the main one is because Intel mainboards are not that interesting. While they have every single feature of the chipset they use, they lack unique features and peculiarities. The situation didn’t really change even now, when the company launched the whole lineup of overclocker mainboards.

In the beginning of this year we prepared an Intel DX38BT mainboard review. Since it was among the first reviews of an Intel mainboard of that kind it was pretty detailed. Besides the major characteristics that we always pay attention to, the review focused on a few less significant details, such as special software. 

Our today’s hero is a new Intel mainboard: DX48BT2. It is very similar to its less successful predecessor. However, exterior similarity doesn’t really mean anything. Our today’s review will reveal what it is actually capable of.

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