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Jetway HZ03 – 880G Micro-ATX Motherboard Review

The Jetway HZ03 board after first looks has a terrific layout with excellent heatsink cooling on board.  The colour co-ordination is blue and black and the board layout is also good.  The quality of the capacitors are excellent and the rear I/O ports are complete with all the main features.  The important aspect about the HZ03 is that this is a budget board that uses the new AMD 880G north bridge chipset and the older SB710 chipset. The new AMD 880G chipset is based on Radeon HD 4250 graphics engine, which is a slower version of the graphics engine used on AMD 890GX (Radeon HD 4290). This way 880G-based motherboards are cheaper than 890GX boards. AMD 880G chipset is normally paired with AMD SB710 south bridge chip which does not support natively the SATA 3 ports but SATA 2 instead.
In the table below we provide a comparison between AMD 880G and other chipsets with integrated graphics from AMD.
Chipset AMD 890GX AMD 880G AMD 785G AMD 780G AMD 760G AMD 790GX
GPU Clock 700 MHz 560 MHz 500 MHz 500 MHz 350 MHz 700 MHz
Graphics Processors 40 40 40 40 40 40
Engine HD 4290 HD 4250 HD 4200 HD 3200 3000 HD 3300
DirectX 10.1 10.1 10.1 10 10 10
PCI Express 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0
South Bridge Chip SB850 SB710 SB710 SB700 SB710 SB750
USB 2.0 Ports 14 12 12 12 12 12
SATA-300 Ports None 6 6 6 6 6
SATA-600 Ports 6 None None None None None
RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 0, 1, 10 0, 1, 10 0, 1, 10 0, 1, 10 0, 1, 5, 10
ATA-133 Ports 1 (2 devices) 1 (2 devices) 1 (2 devices) 1 (2 devices) 1 (2 devices)
1 (2 devices)

Specifications

CPU
Supports AMD Socket AM3:
AMD AM3 Series processors
Chipset AMD™ 880G Chipset + AMD™SB710 Chipset
Hyper Transport Bus HT 3.0
Memory
Dual Channel DDR3 memory technology
4 * 240-pin DDR3 DIMM slots
Supports DDR3 1600/1333 MHz non-ECC ,un-buffered memory
DDR3 Max.8GB
Expansion Slots
1 * 32-bit PCI slot
2 * PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots by 8-LANE
1 * PCI Express x1 slot
Storage
AMD™SB710 Southbridge Chipset :
6 * Serial ATA2 3Gb/s connectors
Supports HDDs with RAID 0, 1,10 functions
1 * Ultra DMA 133 / 100 / 66 IDE connector
Audio Realtek ALC883 HD Audio CODEC with 8-Channel
Ethernet LAN Realtek RTL8111DL PCI Express Gigabit LAN
USB Embedded 8 * USB 2.0/1.1
Special Features
Support G.P.I Technology
Support  CPU Smart FAN & D.I.Y Switch x3& Debug Port
Support 3D Audio Technology
Rear Panel I / O
4 * USB 2.0/1.1 ports
1 * PS/2 mouse port
1 * PS/2 keyboard port
1 * VGA port & 1 * DVI port & 1 * HDMI port
1 * RJ-45 port
1 * Audio I / O ports
1 * SPDIF_OUT1 port & 1 * SPDIF_OUT2 port
Internal I / O
2 * USB 2.0/1.1 headers for 4 *USB 2.0/1.1 ports
CPU / Chassis Fan connectors
1 * 8-pin ATX 12V Power connector
1 * 24-pin ATX Power connector
1*front Audio header
1*COM header
1 * IDE connector
1 * HDMI_SPDIF header & 1 * IR header
BIOS AMI 8MB DIP Flash ROM
Form Factor Micro ATX Form Factor (245mm x 245mm)

Test System

– Athlon II X4 640 CPU
– 4GB DDR3 Kingston HyperX Memory
– Lian-Li Mini Q Case
– Cooler Master TX-3 CPU Cooler
– Cooler Master 550W Power Supply
– Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit

Video Review

Conclusion – Score 7/10

The HZ03 from Jetway turns out to be an interesting little board with support and features for the budget PC.  Definitely while not a high end expensive board it has the support for the latest mainstream AM3 CPU’s such as the Athlon II X4 640 we tested or the latest Phenom II’s X4’s making this a good choice if you want a basic board for an HTP or the office.  If you are looking to get more than SATA 2.0 and want the latest SATA 3 or maybe firewire, this board does not have that.  However it was very nice to see a solid construction and high quality durable components on this budget board.  While the BIOS features were capable of allowing overclocking, the options could be improved for more advanced users seeking to tweak their system even further.  Overall Jetway has made a good product for the price point of under $80 USD.
Source: www.pcwizkidstechtalk.com

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