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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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SPECviewperf® 7.0

SPECviewperf™ is a portable OpenGL performance benchmark program written in C. It was developed by IBM. Later updates and significant contributions were made by SGI, Digital (Compaq, HP), 3Dlabs (Creative Labs) and other SPECopcSM project group members. SPECviewperf provides a vast amount of flexibility in benchmarking OpenGL performance. Currently, the program runs on most implementations of UNIX, Windows XP, Windows 2000, and Linux.

Tests Performed
3ds max (3dsmax-01)
Unigraphics (ugs-01)
Pro/Engineer (proe-01)
DesignReview (drv-08)
Data Explorer (dx-07)
Lightscape (light-05)

 

Test
ASUS P4C800 Deluxe
Epox 4PDA2+ (i865PE)

3dsmax-01

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3dsmax-01 Weighted Geometric Mean = 16.16

3dsmax-01

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3dsmax-01 Weighted Geometric Mean = 15.62

light-05

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light-05 Weighted Geometric Mean = 13.28

light-05

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light-05 Weighted Geometric Mean = 12.69

drv-08

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drv-08 Weighted Geometric Mean = 59.02

drv-08

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drv-08 Weighted Geometric Mean = 52.70

proe-01

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proe-01 Weighted Geometric Mean = 16.99

proe-01

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proe-01 Weighted Geometric Mean = 15.70

dx-07

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dx-07 Weighted Geometric Mean = 46.62

dx-07

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dx-07 Weighted Geometric Mean = 45.20

ugs-01

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ugs-01 Weighted Geometric Mean = 8.759

ugs-01

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ugs-01 Weighted Geometric Mean = 8.180

 

Overclocking

Because of the recent changes in staff we don't have access to an unlocked CPU at the present time, however it's no secret that this board is consistently turning out FSB frequencies in excess of 240MHz. Based purely on FSB overclocking on our 3.06 (533MHz) CPU we hit its known limits of 3.36GHz (145MHz FSB) with no problem and actually got a further 3MHz beyond, hardly worth getting too excited about but still good news for those of you (and it's tha vast majority of you) who are limited to overclocking this way.

 

Conclusion

The 3DVelocity 'Dual Conclusions Concept' Explained: After discussing this concept with users as well as companies and vendors we work with, 3DVelocity have decided that where necessary we shall aim to introduce our 'Dual Conclusions Concept' to sum up our thoughts and impressions on the hardware we review. As the needs of the more experienced users and enthusiasts have increased, it has become more difficult to factor in all the aspects that such a user would find important, while also being fair to products that may lack these high end "bonus" capabilities but which still represent a very good buy for the more traditional and more prevalent mainstream user. The two catergories we've used are:

The Mainstream User ~ The mainstream user is likely to put price, stock performance, value for money, reliability and/or warranty terms ahead of the need for hardware that operates beyond its design specifications. The mainstream user may be a PC novice or may be an experienced user, however their needs are clearly very different to those of the enthusiast, in that they want to buy products that operate efficiently and reliably within their advertised parameters.

The Enthusiast ~ The enthusiast cares about all the things that the mainstream user cares about but is more likely to accept a weakness in one or more of these things in exchange for some measure of performance or functionality beyond its design brief. For example, a high priced motherboard may be tolerated in exchange for unusually high levels of overclocking ability or alternatively an unusually large heat sink with a very poor fixing mechanism may be considered acceptable if it offers significantly superior cooling in return.

 

The Mainstream User ~

If you're prepared to pay this kind of money for a motherboard and you need this kind of performance then the P4C800 Deluxe is probably as wise a choice as you could make. In addition to being very well specified, incredibly fast and solidly built it also offers a host of features designed to keep downtime to a minimum. From its "CrashFree BIOS" to its smart "Ai Overclocking" ASUS have provided a safety net for the less experienced user who wants learn to work with some of the more advanced features in relative safety. When you combine the impressive list of features with the Ai smart technology and the general speed and reliability of operation this is a real enthusiast's board that just about anybody can get to grips with.

 

The Enthusiast ~

The i875 is shaping up as the prime DDR chipset of choice for those wanting the most from their P4. Although the P4C800 Deluxe is a desirable piece of kit it has the added difficulty of looking good against its stablemates, the IC7 series of motherboards. Despite this the board is very fast and the BIOS offers a good range of tweaks and settings that even the most demanding user should be happy with.

Many of the Ai functions, particularly the overclocking option, will be shunned as gimmicks despite being very effective in a lot of cases, and the need for active cooling of the North Bridge may be an issue for some. There are a lot of well specified Canterwood motherboards on the market and although the P4C800 can run with the best of them it lacks that must-have magic that's needed to elevate it from the crowd. A very nice board with an impressive turn of speed!

 

 


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