You will never see the P4 really shine on an SDR system simply because it can’t provide the bandwidth that the processor craves. Quite a few choices for the P4 buying public. Good English, clear and well laid out. PC DDR gets close at 2. Vdimm was left alone 3. Being an engineering sample with a full choice of any multiplier, what better to test out the overclocking possibilities of the board.

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Vdimm was left alone 3.

It passed that test easily so I rebooted at 17 x The memory benchmark is more interesting. Personal preference dictates that a top edge placement is best for me, however anywhere near the top extremities isn’t a bad thing. Lastly in the layout, dotted around the board Installation was painless. They were kind enough to send us their i based etherney for the same CPU at the same time. Every is as it should be in that respect.

Sandra lets us check that the host chipset is letting the CPU perform properly with the 2 CPU benchmarks plus a quick look at the theoretical memory bandwidth of the system.

Just a quick glance at the following POVRay bench results tells you that everything is within spec and running fine. This allows you to get away with not needing a proper P4 compatible PSU for that connector and sthernet use a spare molex. The Asus CD is excellent containing all the drivers for the board, applications and read me’s for the hardware.


Being a software based solution where the CPU does most of the audio processing in the codec you get some audio playback issues under very heavy system load but that’s to be expected. However if you look at the chipset in the way that Intel did when it designed it, you begin to see the point. All that’s different is the chipset and CPU. Asus have taken half the advantage of the extra etherney on the ICH2 and implemented the onboard AC’97 audio.

You will never see the P4 really shine on an SDR system simply because it can’t provide the bandwidth that the processor craves. This resulting decrease in etherent lets system builders worldwide get the P4 out to the masses for less money than a i based system with RAMBUS memory. The chipset is available very cheaply in volume from Intel. It’s just a shame about the overall performance. PC SDRAM is also cheap allowing you to stuff a system full of memory chipset maximum is 3Gb for little outlay although prices are on the up from this years all time lows!

Ethegnet on, start the setup from the BIOS. The powerful Pentium 4 processor at 2Ghz helps to nullify the memory bandwidth deficit and keep the Aquamark score afloat and respectable. Given our PC memory and the engineering sample CPU with it’s unlocked multiplier it was trivial to test the claim. As the P4 market has matured, more chipsets have appeared for use with them.


We can attribute the difference to the lack of available memory bandwidth on the system. PC DDR gets close at 2. What do you think of the smartphone notch? The bundle was average in content.

Review: Asus P4B – Mainboard –

Click to find out more. We’ll visit a pair of 2Ghz benchmarks, 20 x ethdrnet 15 x and this time round we’ll drop the 1.

Far easier to diagnose than listening to a load of beeps or looking up a POST code in your Epox manual don’t you think? The ICH2 takes care of everything else.

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

Overall, it’s a fine implementation of i and it was nice working with it. The menu layout for the CD is excellent.

The i will never win any performance benchmarks. The system proceeded to boot perfectly.