Page 1:A Breakthrough: The P4 Platform In The Mass Market
Page 2:DDR333 Beats RDRAM: Intel 845G With Top Performance
Page 3:Integrated Graphics: 3D Is Unconvincing
Page 4:The Boards
Page 5:Asus P4B533-V: Slow To Learn, But Top Performance, Continued
Page 6:Aopen AX4G Pro: Black, Fast And Lean
Page 7:Epox EP-4G4A+: High Voltage For The Target Group
Page 8:Acorp 4D845G: The Weaknesses In Detail
Page 9:Gigabyte GA-8IGXP: Is There Still A Profit Margin?
Page 10:Intel D845GBV: DDR266 Support, For Now
Page 11:DFI NB76-EA: Please Improve This!
Page 12:MSI MS-6580 (845G Max): Bluetooth Included, Low Price
Page 13:Jetway 845GDAL: (More) Performance With FSB Tricks
Page 14:QDI Platinix 8-A: A Step Forward
Page 15:Test Setup And Details
Page 16:OpenGL-Performance: Quake 3 Arena
Page 17:MP3 Audio Encoding: Lame MP3
Page 18:3D Rendering Performance: SPECviewperf 7.0
Page 19:Archiving: WinACE 2.11
Page 20:SiSoft Sandra 2002 Benchmarks: CPU And Multimedia
Page 21:3D Rendering: Cinema 4D XL 7
Page 22:On-board Graphics Performance: Quake 3 And 3D Mark 2001
Page 23:Conclusion: 845G Is On Its Way To Becoming The BX-Successor
Page 24:Features Table
Page 25:Features Table, Continued
Asus P4B533-V: Slow To Learn, But Top Performance, Continued
Solely on the basis of this fact, the Asus P4B533-V achieved above average performances in the first test run. By comparison, all other test candidates work with the specified clock rate of 133 MHz, except for Jetway, Aopen and Gigabyte (approx. 134 MHz FSB). It's more than apparent that Asus still hasn't learned from the past, and the company continues to strive for top position by playing the factory-overclocking game. After asking Asus about this, they sent us two other versions of BIOS. However, with both versions, operation with manual memory configurations was not possible - the boot process aborted with memory errors (Port 80 error "C1") - so we couldn't run it through our benchmark tests. We asked Asus again, and finally we got what we wanted: the fourth BIOS version (1004) ran in combination with optimal memory settings, where the FSB clock was lowered to 133.6 MHz. Now, the benchmark tests showed that Asus had the best overall performance in the test field.
Incomprehensible: even though the Asus P4B533-V is equipped with 17 jumpers, the manufacturer did without a jumper for deleting the CMOS BIOS. The only thing to remedy this is to remove the battery and to bridge the clamp.
Accessories included with the Asus P4B533-V.
Here are also some of the weaknesses in detail: as is traditional with Asus, there are 17 jumpers strewn across the board, and to top it off, the board is equipped with nine DIP switches. Another inconvenience: if an incorrect BIOS setting causes the board to crash, then the CMOS battery has to be removed and both contacts short-circuited. Note that despite the tangle of jumpers, the pin for CMOS Clear was not provided. A well-known Asus anomaly is also to be found with the P4B533-V: before installing Windows 2000 or XP, users have to be clear about whether or not they will use the floppy controller. After the OS is installed, you can't make any further changes, because if you do, then the system won't boot. Unique among the test candidates is the fan controller, called "Q-Fan," which we looked at in our previous comparison of 850E motherboards. Q-Fan adjusts the rotation speed of the fan to match the CPU temperature, which means that the CPU is not under a full load, so that lower noise levels during operation are possible. Ultimately, this is the most expensive motherboard of all the candidates, which will set the end user back by about $165. By comparison, full-featured boards from Gigabyte and MSI can be had for only around $140. So again, you have to question whether Asus is justified in setting a high retail price.
Innovative: thanks to Q-Fan, the fan rotates at lower speed when there's a low load on the CPU.
USB 2.0 on board: this function was activated for the test.
On-board graphics of the Intel 845G with the Asus P4B533-V.
Relationship between CPU clock and memory clock with the Asus P4B533-V.
- A Breakthrough: The P4 Platform In The Mass Market
- DDR333 Beats RDRAM: Intel 845G With Top Performance
- Integrated Graphics: 3D Is Unconvincing
- The Boards
- Asus P4B533-V: Slow To Learn, But Top Performance, Continued
- Aopen AX4G Pro: Black, Fast And Lean
- Epox EP-4G4A+: High Voltage For The Target Group
- Acorp 4D845G: The Weaknesses In Detail
- Gigabyte GA-8IGXP: Is There Still A Profit Margin?
- Intel D845GBV: DDR266 Support, For Now
- DFI NB76-EA: Please Improve This!
- MSI MS-6580 (845G Max): Bluetooth Included, Low Price
- Jetway 845GDAL: (More) Performance With FSB Tricks
- QDI Platinix 8-A: A Step Forward
- Test Setup And Details
- OpenGL-Performance: Quake 3 Arena
- MP3 Audio Encoding: Lame MP3
- 3D Rendering Performance: SPECviewperf 7.0
- Archiving: WinACE 2.11
- SiSoft Sandra 2002 Benchmarks: CPU And Multimedia
- 3D Rendering: Cinema 4D XL 7
- On-board Graphics Performance: Quake 3 And 3D Mark 2001
- Conclusion: 845G Is On Its Way To Becoming The BX-Successor
- Features Table
- Features Table, Continued