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ASUS K8V Deluxe (Wireless Edition) on VIA K8T800

November 20, 2003



This board of the highest price range (even without a wireless adapter) has a good bundle and excellent features.

The company hasn't changed the traditional board design and hasn't moved memory sockets to CPU realigned, as seen on some prototypes. Therefore it has no unusual circuitry, but a number of usual disadvantages peculiar to higher-end motherboards: some slots to the left are not very suitable for installation, audio connectors are located in front of PCI slots, while FDD and SATA/IDE RAID are behind them (still you can lay the former sideward, so it doesn't impede). In their turn, cabling might impede memory modules manipulations. And some jumpers might be hard to access during the installation. +5V Standby is indicated by a green LED. The 3-channel CPU switching regulator has 6 x 1500 microfarad and 3 x 1200 microfarad capacitors. There are also AGP (2 x 1000 microfarad and some of less capacity) and memory (4 x 1000 microfarad) voltage stabilizers.

Circuited, but unsoldered are: CPU clock switches, IrDA and SMBus. We don't know in what model these should be present, as today it's company's only solution on VIA K8T800 (it seems like a legacy of samples or even the previous chipset). The board is sized 305245 mm (full-size ATX, 9-screw mount to fix all parts). Winbond W83697HF chip is used for hardware to monitor:

  • CPU voltage, +3.3, +5 and +12 V;
  • Two fan rpm;
  • CPU and motherboard temperatures by respective integrated sensors.

Ports, connectors and slots

  • Socket 754;
  • 3 x DDR SDRAM DIMM sockets w/o ECC. The first socket is coloured. It's recommended for DDR400 modules. Besides, DDR400 is supported for two modules only;
  • 1 x latched AGP slot;
  • 5 x PCI slots;
  • ASUS WiFi (combined the a PCI slot);
  • ATX standard and 4-pin 12V power connectors;
  • 1 x FDD;
  • 3 x IDE (Parallel ATA): 2 by chipset, 1 by additional controller;
  • 4 x SATA (Serial ATA): 2 by chipset, 2 by additional controller;
  • 2 x headers for 2 x USB (2.0) each;
  • 1 x Second COM connector;
  • 1 x Game connector;
  • 1 x FireWire connector;
  • 1 x CD/DVD audio connector;
  • 1 x AUX-In;
  • 1 x Chassis open detection connector;
  • Audio and S/PDIF connectors;
  • 3 x fan connectors (2 of these support rpm control).

Back panel (from left to right, blockwise)

  • PS/2 keyboard and mouse;
  • 1 x LPT, 1 x Coaxial S/PDIF-Out, 1 x COM;
  • 2 x USB (2.0) and 1 x FireWire;
  • 2 x USB (2.0) and 1 x RJ-45 (Gigabit Ethernet);
  • Mic-In, Line-In, Front, and Game.

Bundle

  • Box: stylish design (Wireless Edition special);
  • Manual: for motherboard and WiFi-b;
  • Cabling: 2 x Serial ATA (with power adapters/headers), 2 x ATA66/100/133, 1 x ATA33 and 1 x FDD all wide and black with logos;
  • 1 x back-panel board for 4 x USB;
  • 1 x back-panel board for 1 x FireWire;
  • 1 x back-panel board for Coaxial S/PDIF-Out and TosLink;
  • WiFi-b card with antenna (Wireless Edition only);
  • Back-panel stub;
  • 2 software CDs:
    • Drivers;
    • Adobe Acrobat Reader;
    • DirectX 8.1;
    • PC-cillin 2002;
    • ASUS Live Update;
    • ASUS PCProbe;
    • ASUS Screensaver;
    • Winbond Voice Editor;
    • InterVideo WinDVD Suite;
    • Software AP (for wireless access points organization, Wireless Edition only).

Integrated controllers

  • Audio based on Analog Devices AD1980 AC'97 codec, supports 5.1 systems, has front-inputs/outputs and S/PDIF;
  • LAN based on 3Com Marvell 940-MV00, supports 10/100/1000Mbps (Gigabit Ethernet);
  • IDE/SATA RAID based on Promise PDC20378, supports RAID 0, 1, 0+1, has 2 x SATA and 1 x PATA;
  • FireWire based on VIA VT6307, supports 2 ports.

The integrated audio quality was estimated in the 16bit/44kHz mode using RightMark Audio Analyzer 5.1 and Terratec DMX 6fire:

Frequency response (from 40 Hz to 15 kHz), dB:

+0.07, -0.19 Very good

Noise level, dB (A):

-79.8 Average

Dynamic range, dB (A):

79.6 Average

THD, %:

0.0055 Very good

IMD, %:

0.035 Good

Stereo crosstalk, dB:

-74.3 Good

General performance: Good (details).

Proprietary technologies

  • ASUS AI Net (cable damage detection by LAN controller with the help of diagnostics utility);
  • ASUS CrashFree BIOS 2 (automatic BIOS recovery from bootable diskettes or CDs even if flash chip information is corrupt);
  • ASUS POST Reporter (POST voice warnings, customizable);
  • ASUS Q-Fan Technology (adjusts CPU fan rpm depending on CPU load);
  • ASUS EZ Flash (BIOS upgrades without OS bootup);
  • ASUS Instant Music Lite (Audio CD playback without OS bootup)
  • ASUS MyLogo2 (customizable bootup logos);
  • ASUS Multi-language BIOS (selectable BIOS Setup language);
  • ASUS WiFi@Home (proprietary board slot (for WiFi-b cards bundled with Wireless Edition boards).

Settings

Jumpers and switches CMOS reset  
USB keyboard power on  
PS/2 keyboard power on  
AMI BIOS 2.51 Memory timings + CAS Latency, Bank Interleaving, TRC, TRFC, TRCD, TWR, TRWT, TRAS, TRP, Clock Delay
Memory clock + RAM:CPU = 1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 5:3, 2:1
HT settings + HT Tristate Enabled, CRC Flood Enabled, HT Frequency, HT DATA Width (Downstream), HT DATA Width (Upstream)
AGP settings +  
PCI settings -  
AGP and PCI frequency ratio -  
Manual IRQ settings -  
FSB adjust + 200300 MHz in 1MHz
CPU multiplier adjust + x8x28
CPU voltage adjust + Auto, +150 mV
Memory voltage adjust + Auto, 2.6, 2.7, 2.8 V
Chipset voltage adjust + 2.5, 2.6 V
AGP voltage adjust + 1.5, 1.7 V

 

We used BIOS 1003 beta 012 as the latest available at the moment of testing.

Performance

According to the preliminary tests, this model is very close to the leaders as well as almost all other solutions on VIA K8T800 (<2% difference).

Test Albatron K8X800 Pro II MSI K8T Neo-FIS2R ASUS K8V Deluxe
Memory read performance (CacheBurst32), MB/s 2927 2909 2874
7-Zip archiving, min:sec 6:53 6:54 6:59
Return to Castle Wolfenstein (Normal@1024x768x32), fps 217 219 215


Dmitry Mayorov (destrax@ixbt.com)

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