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.
LGA775 Pentium4 (D/EE), Celeron (D) 533/800/1066MHz
4 DIMM slots for DDR2 400/533/667
North Bridge: Intel 955X Express
200-300MHz with 1MHz increment
Graphics card slot
PCI Express x16
3 x PCI
8 x USB 2.0
1 x PS/2 keyboard
1 x ATA133
Phoenix Award BIOS 6.0PG.
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).