Page 7: Iwill
Iwill started in accessories and has since, moved to motherboards. Although they are the loudest company around, they have a bunch of devoted fans. They were growing in popularity extremely fast just a short time ago, but due to them only producing ALi chipset boards, that popularity is dying. While the Iwill name still carries some weight, they are not as big as they could be.
Iwill, when they used chipsets other than ALi, generally perform very good, being right near the top of the group. On average they range from #2-4 in the performance rating. The ALi chipsets however, are a lower performing solution all together, even their latest and greatest can't keep up to the past versions of other chipsets.
With the ALi chipsets, Iwill boards are extremely stable, and its one of the benefits of ALi. With older KT133 chipsets and such, their boards were below average on times, but they also produced many boards that were stable. This may be a reason why they switched to ALi. Compatibility problems plagues the older ALi chipsets.
Iwill has been known for some great overclocking boards. Especially their overclocked stability. With the release of the XP333 there is no dispute that they are incredible innovators for overclocking. They have been able to hit 200Mhz FSB quite easily, and their past boards were always among the best. The new features in the XP333, and the feedback design they chose it commendable.
Iwill boards are moderately priced, a little on the high side. They have lots of features on board, seeing as they are known for their own accessories solutions. RAID and non-RAID versions are usually available.
Iwill generally puts a good number of features on their boards, but also sells bare boards. Most of their boards are quite similar to other top manufacturers but tend to just have more on them. Decent sound is also usually on board.
Iwill's history is not bad, but not amazing. A few of their earlier boards had some stability problems, which with the new ALi chipsets have been traded for compatibility problems. Even their new XP333 has problems, but they try.
The Iwill page seems to have a good source for drivers and bios updates. However, and maybe its just me, I was unable to find any e-mail support. You can leave a message on their message board though, which may prove to be just as useful.
Products worth mentioning
XP333, KA266, KK266 are 3 great boards, all had great performance and overclocking. Iwill still seems like a small company, and board releases from them are more rare then others.
Overall Rating: 8.3/10 Iwill boards are often good, but they are putting themselves in a niche market, if you want to be there, get one. Its unlikely you'll doubt getting one.
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