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. I’ll try and look at things from both sides when I conclude the review so both camps will be able to see if the Asus is for them. Easy to find the information you need and has excellent section on fitting devices and the CPU and heatsink. The i is the only SDR choice at the moment and boards are quite popular and it’s an i board that Asus have given us in the P4B. Here’s a quick rundown of a few results. The rest of the layout is standard.

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The answer in the case of the P4B and it’s i chipset is yes. We can attribute the difference to the lack of available memory bandwidth on the system.

Easy to find the information you need and has excellent section on fitting devices and the CPU and heatsink. Personal preference dictates that a top edge placement is best for me, however anywhere near the top extremities isn’t a bad thing. The chipset is available very cheaply in volume from Intel. The manual is also excellent.


P4B | ASUS Global

It wouldn’t boot at 16x multiplier and Mhz FSB. Remove the previous motherboard, screw in the Asus ram and CPU already installed.

As expected, with all other things static and the FSB increasing, we see the expected score increase of points. The manual lays out everything clearly and it’s easy to dthernet information that you need like connector placement. This was at 1.

With the adjustable Vdimm up to 3. Pb system proceeded to boot perfectly. Everything is laid out logically, accessing the CPU settings is easy and the memory settings also have their own sections.

Here’s a quick rundown of a few results. All in all, quality BIOS. To give the system a fair chance I chose 1. Quite a few choices for the P4 buying public. Starting from the top left we hit the auss dominating feature of the board, the Socket enclosure. It’s also based on a now shipping game engine in MaxFX.

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

Layout and bundle are etbernet fine with no problems at all. Asus also provide software to change the voices spoken on the errors. Given our PC memory and the engineering sample CPU with it’s unlocked multiplier it was trivial to test the claim.

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. Dropping down the multiplier to 16 again and increasing the FSB would hopefully give a speed axus in the middle of and So why starve the P4 of what it craves?


The board is packed with onboard headers for extra items like a smart card reader and their iPanel for system monitoring. Intel have been slashing the price of their Pentium 4 processors for quite some time now.

Last of all the extra power connectors and etyernet ATX supply. Lastly in the layout, dotted around the board Installation was painless.

Oh look, the P4B has been announced: Manufacturers can create solutions based on the chipset without worrying about the high resulting price tag. You will never see the P4 really shine on p4n SDR system simply because it can’t provide the bandwidth that the processor craves.

Install my cards and hook up the IDE and floppy cables. More on that shortly.

However if you look at the chipset in the way that Intel did when it designed it, you begin to see the point. The Asus CD is excellent containing all the drivers for the board, applications and read me’s for the hardware.