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ASUS P4T-E (i850) Mainboard


ASUSTeK has just altered the old PCB design for the i850. The blue box offers you a great deal of accessories: a detailed user's manual, a short installation manual (in 11 languages), 80-conductor ATA66/100, 40-conductor ATA/33 and FDD cables, a bracket with two USB ports, 2 C-RIMMs and a CD.

This CD contains a traditional set of programs: drivers for the board, Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0, ASUS Update, several programs from CyberLink (PowerPlayer SE, PowerDVD Trial Version, VideoLive Mail), ASUS Hotkey, Intel LDCM (LANDesk Client Manager), PCCilllin 2000, ASUS PCProbe and the Asus's screensaver.

The board differs from its predecessor: memory slots are located around the socket which, in its turn, is turned at right angle against its usual position. The IDE/FDD are placed, therefore, on the edge, and the latter one is put at right angle to them, between the memory and AGP slot. The company installed its own monitoring chip - ASUS AS99127F. Dip-switches can help change a FSB frequency, and a CPU multiplier, or make possible to change them in the BIOS Setup. With the switches you can also turn on/off an audio codec, start up a computer with a USB keyboard and mouse. The Clear CMOS operation is implemented automatically if the system fails to start at least one time.

The BIOS is based on the v. Medallion 6.00 from Award and contains a number of settings which are very common among boards. Here you can, for example, choose a FSB frequency in 1 MHz steps from 100 to 227 MHz (!), a CPU multiplier and manually adjust FSB and memory frequencies ratio. There are also settings for AGP, PCI buses and memory. Besides, you can assign interrupts to PCI slots.

This ASUS's board worked at an excellent speed and made no problem in our tests.

Test results

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