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All the lurid details of Intel's delayed Camino motherboards have emerged at US site NECX Direct where you can actually place an order for the little devils, should you feel brave enough (and don't mind waiting). The Cape Cod CC820 comes with or without SoundBlaster 128 audio on board and features AGP4X (backwards compatible with 1X and 2X), ATA66, Instant On, five PCI slots (no ISA slots at all) and an audio.modem riser(AMR) slot. The mobo runs its memory bus at 100MHz independent from the system bus so fitting 133MHz DIMMS won't result in any performance boost. The 4MB Firmware Hub contains an Intel/AMI Flash BIOS which supports Plug and Play, APM 1.2, ACPI 1.0, DMI 2.0, multilingual support and multiple boot options. The BIOS also contains a hardware-based random number generator which it is claimed can be used to enhance PC security through encryption. Pricing is around $140 without audio and $150 with. The more upmarket Vancouver VC820 has all this and three 168-pin RIMM slots on the board, accommodating a theoretical maximum of 512MB of PC600, PC700 or PC800 DRDRAM. Both ECC and non-ECC RIMMs are supported. The VC820 also comes with two continuity RIMM modules, which must be installed in all unused RIMM slots. Of course, you can only actually use two of these slots due to the well-documented Camino cockup. A Vancouver will set you back $165. ®

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