It performs as it should do given its speed. Price isn’t the main driver for someone looking for a performance system however. The ICH2 takes care of everything else. Here’s a quick rundown of a few results. However if you look at the chipset in the way that Intel did when it designed it, you begin to see the point. Intel have sensibly standardised the area around the tiny socket and physically closed it off using the heatsink mounting assembly. But what about the i?

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Everything is laid out logically, accessing the CPU settings is easy and the memory settings also have their own sections. All sensibly placed and marked out in the manual. The board also fully supports the upcoming Northwood processors and while SDR memory is the worst memory type to pair such high performing processors with, it’s nice to know that the upgrade path is there, using the P4B as a stopgap before investing in a new higher performing board. It was 16 x that I tried initially.

It’s also based on a now shipping game engine in MaxFX. We can attribute the difference to the lack of available memory bandwidth on the system.

AquaNox – AquaMark V2. Vdimm was left alone 3. Chipset Features Before we see what Asus have done with the platform, lets take a look at the chipset itself. When buying this board, be intelligent and try and use it as a sensible upgrade path to something higher performing. No change in CPU voltage was required. It passed that test easily assu I rebooted at 17 x The manual is also excellent.


With the adjustable Vdimm up to 3.

ASUS P4B-M – motherboard – micro ATX – Socket 478 – i845

Oh look, the P4B has been announced: Good English, clear and well laid out. Another super stable board from Asus with their usual quality mark all over it.

It wouldn’t boot at 16x multiplier and Mhz FSB. We’re within 1 second of the expected results so nothing is amiss. All that’s different is the chipset and CPU.

P4PE Deluxe | ASUS Global

PC DDR gets close at 2. You will never see the P4 really shine on an SDR system simply because it can’t provide the bandwidth that the processor craves. The rest of the layout is standard.

Conclusion So have Asus done what every motherboard manufacturer strives to do and create the best product they can from the chipsets they have available? Lets see if that holds out. With their own employees making grand claims, it was only fair to test things out on the overclocking front. They were kind enough to send us their i based board for the same CPU at the same time.

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P4PX | ASUS Global

Manufacturers can create solutions based on the chipset without worrying about the high resulting price tag. The memory benchmark is ethfrnet interesting. Asus also provide software to change the voices spoken on the errors. Easy to find the information you need and has excellent section on fitting devices and the CPU and heatsink.

The board is packed with onboard headers for extra items like a smart card reader and their iPanel for system monitoring. With a low cost chip that operates with low cost memory and also provides a couple of extra, useful function effectively for free like AC’97 audio and Ethernet then you can see how a P4 box can be made very cheaply indeed. The system proceeded to boot perfectly. The powerful Pentium 4 processor at 2Ghz helps to nullify the memory bandwidth deficit ethernst keep the Aquamark score afloat and respectable.