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Today we are going to introduce to you an unusual mainboard: PDSGE from Supermicro. What is so unusual about it? Well, it is primarily the origin of this product. To give you a better idea of what we are actually talking about here, I would like to say a few words about the manufacturer.

Supermicro Company founded in 1993 deal with servers and server equipment. Of course, they also design mainboards for servers of different levels and types. So, the remarkable thing about the mainboard we are going to discuss today is that the manufacturer doesn’t position it as a server solution. They target it as a desktop platform. Note that this is not the first Supermicro mainboard positioned for the desktop platform market, but there are not too many of them in Supermicro’s product range.

So, today we will try to find out if Supermicro PDSGE will become a good solution for a reliable desktop system.


Supermicro PDSGE


LGA775 Pentium4 (D/EE), Celeron (D) 533/800/1066MHz


4 DIMM slots for DDR2 400/533/667


North Bridge: Intel 955X Express
South Bridge: ICH7R

FSB frequency

200-300MHz with 1MHz increment

Graphics card slot

PCI Express x16

Expansion slots

3 x PCI
1 x PCI Express x1
2 x PCI-X(133MHz)

IEEE1394 ports


USB ports

8 x USB 2.0

Mainboard connectors

1 x PS/2 keyboard
1 x PS/2 mouse
1 x RJ45 (Gigabit Etherenet LAN)
8 x USB 2.0
3 x Audio I/O(5.1)
Front panel audio header
1 x parallel (SPP/ECP/EPP)
2 x COM
1 x FDD
1x AUX In
1 x CD In


1 x ATA133

Serial ATA-150



Phoenix Award BIOS 6.0PG.
8Mb flash EEPROM w/ LAN boot, PnP, ACPI, DMI 2.3

Integrated IDE RAID controller

RAID 0/1/0+1/5; Intel Matrix Storage Technology.


ATX 12”x 9.5”

The mainboard we are reviewing today is also available in a more advanced modification called PDSG4. The latter modification is equipped with an onboard SCSI controller and a slower PCI-X bus (100MHz against 133MHz by the PDSGE we have in our lab now).

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