Shuttle AN51R Motherboard ReviewFormer staff writer -
The AN51R will be going up against a tough competitor, the MSI K8N NEO Platinum. For each motherboard, a clean install of Windows XP Pro SP1a is used with DriectX 9.0b. The services have been optimized so that only the system essential services are running. For tests other than the Futuremark test, we will be using the Catalyst 4.7 Drivers from ATI.
The same components will be used in each system other than the motherboard, and those components are:
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