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    ASUS P4C800 Deluxe i875P Motherboard

Product :

P4C800 Deluxe

Manufacturer :

ASUS

Reviewed by :

Wayne Brooker

Price :

£159.80

Date :

June 4th, 2003.

 

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Introduction

I was lucky enough recently to be able to play with an Epox 4PDA2+ which was built on the i865PE "Springdale" chipset. There's no doubt that Springdale is destined to be a great chipset that further bolsters the Intel fortress, but for those who yearn for nothing less than the best around it's the i875 chipset that currently gets the nod.

Designed primarily as an entry level server product it wasn't much of a surprise to see the enthusiast market take to the i875 in a big way. The performance on offer through the adoption of an 800MHz front side bus, dual channel DDR memory and the much misunderstood (or is that misinformed?) PAT or "Performance Acceleration Technology" all combined to make i875 driven boards very desirable indeed for the discerning P4 owner.

The board I have on test today is the ASUS P4C800 Deluxe. This well stocked board offers a number of seemingly innovative features which we'll look at in a moment and of course comes with an 875P MCH riding tandem with an ICH5.

Before we go too much further here's the tale of the tape:

Specifications

CPU -Socket 478 for Intel Pentium 4/ Celeron up to 3.2 GHz+
-Intel Hyper-Threading Technology ready
-New power design supports Intel next generation Prescott CPU
Chipset Intel 875P MCH
Intel ICH5
Front Side Bus 800/ 533 / 400 MHz
Memory -Dual Channel Memory Architecture
-4 x 184-pin DIMM Sockets support max. 4GB PC3200/PC2700/PC2100 ECC/Non_ECC DDR SDRAM memory
-Intel Performance Acceleration Technology
Expansion Slots 1 x AGP Pro/ 8X/ 4X (0.8V, 1.5V only)
5 x PCI
1 x ASUS WIFI Connector for optional wireless LAN upgrade
Storage South Bridge:
2 x UltraDMA 100
2 x Serial ATA
Promise 20378 RAID controller:
1 x UltraDMA 133 support two hard drives
2 x Serial ATA
RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 0+1, Multiple RAID
AI Audio ADI AD1985 SoundMAX 6-channel CODEC
Audio Sensing and Enumeration Technology
support S/PDIF out interface
AI LAN 3COM 3C940 Gigabit LAN PCI Controller supporting 10/100/1000 BASE-T Ethernet
Virtual Cable Tester™ Net-Diagnosing Utility
AI BIOS Feature CrashFree BIOS2, Q-Fan, Post Reporter
AI Overclock -Intelligent CPU frequency tuner
-ASUS JumperFree
-CPU, Memory, and AGP voltage adjustable
-SFS (Stepless Frequency Selection) from 100MHz up to 400MHz at 1MHz increment
-Adjustable FSB/DDR ratio. Fixed AGP/PCI frequencies
-ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)
IEEE 1394 VIA 1394 Controller supports 2 x 1394 ports
USB Max. 8 USB2.0 ports
Special Features InterVideo WinDVD Suite
Power Loss Restart
support S/PDIF out interface
ASUS Q-Fan technology
ASUS EZ Flash
CrashFree BIOS2
ASUS POST Reporter
Multi-language BIOS
Asus Instant Music
Asus MyLogo2
Back Panel I/O Ports 1 x Parallel
1 x Serial
1 x PS/2 Keyboard
1 x PS/2 Mouse
1 x S/PDIF Output
1 x IEEE1394
1 x Audio I/O
4 x USB 2.0/1.1
1 x RJ45
Internal I/O Connectors 2 x USB 2.0 connector support additional 4 USB 2.0 ports
CPU / Power / Chassis FAN connectors
Chassis Intrusion
S/PDIF out connector
CD / AUX / Modem audio in
1 x IEEE1394 ports
Front Panel Audio connector
COM2 connector
GAME/MIDI connector
20-pin ATX Power connector
4-pin ATX 12V Power connector
BIOS Feature 4 Mb Flash ROM,AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI2.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.3, Multi-language BIOS, ASUS EZ Flash, MyLogo2, ASUS C.P.R.
Industrial Standard PCI 2.2, PCI 2.3, USB 2.0
Manageability WfM 2.0,DMI 2.0,WOL by PME,WOR by PME, Chassis Intrusion, SM Bus
Support CD Drivers
ASUS PC Probe
Trend Micro PC-cillin 2002 anti-virus software
ASUS LiveUpdate Utility
Accessories User's manual
InterVideo WinDVD Suite
2 x UltraDMA 133/100/66 cable
2 x Serial ATA cable
1 x IDE cable
FDD cable
I/O shield
Form Factor ATX Form Factor 12"x 9.6" (30.5cm x 24.5cm)

Initial observations

As you'd expect from a showcase chipset all the big features are in place including the slightly over-hyped but undoubtedly very useful support for Hyper-Threading Processors. This is one of those features that doesn't quite bring the benefits you'd expect but is so much better than not having it that it's actually genuinely worthwhile.

Officially we have no idea what Intel's proprietary"PAT" actually is but stories I've heard range from actual, physical improvements PAT capable 875P MCH's to the suggestion that Intel may have "speed binned" these chips and/or may be running them at a slightly higher frequency than the actual system bus.

All the main "box splash" features are there too including USB2.0, AGP8X, IEEE1393, single channel IDE RAID, dual channel SATA RAID, Gigabit LAN, 6 channel audio and a list of added value features that sound just too good to ignore.

 

 


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