Canyon CN-9V5ALSR2 on VIA PT800 chipset



Now, in the market of low-end motherboards very hard struggle is going. The basic players of it are Asus and ECS companies. To tell the truth Asus releases budgetary motherboards not by its name, but by means of ASrock division (however in company's assortment there are simplified boards of "-X" series). As a result of the company of the second and third level take the rests of orders from this market, working practically on the verge of a payback.
Therefore is interesting the way that Canyon Company advances its products. Having not any own manufacturing capacities, this firm places OEM orders at other companies. Recently we have tested several Canyon boards and have found out that all of them are DFI models. The same is possible to tell about Canyon CN-9V5ALSR motherboard design of which exactly coincides with design of DFI P4X533-ALE board. Though we failed to find out Canyon CN-9V5ALSR2 board on DFI site, but we have found it on Chaintech company site, under the name 9VJL5.

Canyon CN-9V5ALSR2 Chipset

Already the fact, that VIA PT800 chipset has the single-channel memory controller, completely blocks its way to high- and middle-end market sectors (it is equivalent to using Intel Pentium4 processors). Therefore the destiny of PT800 is the systems of initial level, with use of Celeron processors. In this sector the competition is very hard: except single-channel i845 (PE) and SiS 648FX chipsets, in the same sector two-channel SiS 655 (FX) and VIA PT880 chipsets are also directed. By the way, motherboards on the basis of SiS 655 (FX) and VIA PT880 cost not much more expensive!

Canyon CN-9V5ALSR2 specifications

Canyon CN-9V5ALSR2

CPU

- Intel Pentium 4 ( Willamette / Northwood ) with 400/533/800 Mhz bus frequency;
- Intel Celeron ( Willamette/ Northwood) with 400 Mhz bus frequency;
- Socket 478;
- Support of HyperThreading technology CPUs

VIA PT800 chipset

- Northbridge VIA PT800;
- Southbridge VT8237;
- Bus between bridges - V-Link with 533 Mb/s throughput

RAM

- Two 184-pin slots for DDR SDRAM DIMM;
- Maximum memory volume 2Gb
- Supported memory: PC1600/2100/2700/3200.

Graphics

- AGP slot, with support of 4X8X mode;

Expansion possibilities

- Five 32-bit PCI Bus Master slots (including BlueMagic);
- Eight USB 2.0 ports ( 2 built-in + 6 additional);
- Built-in AC'92 v2.2 sound system;
- 100Mbit Ethernet network adapter;

Overclocking possibilities

- N/A

Drive subsystem

- 2 UltraDMA133/100/66/33 Bus Master IDE channels (support up to 4 ATAPI-devices)
- Support of SerialATA protocol (2 channels; RAID 0, 1)
- Support of LS-120 / ZIP / ATAPI CD-ROM

BIOS

- 2MBit Flash ROM;
- Award BIOS Phoenix with support of Enhanced ACPI, DMI, Green, PnP Features;

Other

- One FDD port, two serial and one parallel port, ports for PS/2 mouse and keyboard
- STR (Suspend to RAM)

Power management

- Wake-on from modem, mouse, keyboard, network, timer and USB;

- Standard 20-pin ATX power plug (ATX-PW)
- Additional 4-pin power connector

Monitoring

- N/A

Size

- ATX form factor, 200 mm x 305 mm (7.86" x 12")

Package set of Canyon CN-9V5ALSR2

  • The motherboard
  • CD with SW and drivers
  • One ATA-133 cable, FDD cable
  • One SerialATA cable + power adapter
  • User's guide in English

    Conclusions

    In my opinion, during choice of a budgetary motherboard for Intel Pentium 4 processor it is better to familiarize oneself with products based on two-channel chipsets (for example SiS 655655FX, VIA PT880). And if the system is assembled with Intel Celeron processor it is possible to manage with a single-channel chipset (SiS 648FX, VIA PT800 and Intel 845PE848P). However it is necessary to remember, that of budgetary systems the ones with AMD AthlonXP processors have the best "price/performance" ratio.
    Particularly about chipset VIA PT800 conclusions are the following: an acceptable performance level, excellent expansion possibilities (due to modern VT8237 southbridge) and at last, the low price.
    As to Canyon CN-9V5ALSR2 board (which is a copy of Chaintech 9VJL5 board) it entirely justifies a title of budgetary product, with all typical features (low price, a package set for "B+", average performance level).


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