Asus P4B266-E and P4S333 in the test: Intel 850 versus Intel 845 and SiS 645

Asus P4B266-E and P4S333 in the test: Intel 850 versus Intel 845 and SiS 645

The P4B266-E

Scope of delivery and documentation

The scope of delivery of the P4B266-E certainly belongs to the upper class, which will be shown more clearly in the features of the board. The packaging includes the following components:

  • P4B266-E
  • P4B266-E Support CD (Rev. 26.04)
  • Gameport/USB 2.0 module
  • S/PDIF module
  • ATX slot bracket
  • Two Ultra ATA/133/100/66 IDE cables
  • One floppy cable
  • Three additional jumpers
  • English manual (User Guide)
  • 'Quick Setup Guide' and 'Reference Card'
  • 'Jumper and connector “Sticker
P4B266-E packaging
P4B266-E Additions

The manual fulfills the usual high quality that we already know from the reviews of the mainboards for the SockelA. Although it is still completely in English, it provides information about all components, the important steps for commissioning, connections, BIOS settings and in the last chapter even more information about the ASUS programs on the support CD. However, we will go into these programs in more detail later.

The 'Quick Setup Guide' or the 'Brief Instructions', as the name suggests, briefly covers the important points up to the commissioning of the new mainboard a. The following points are considered in order:

  • Configuration of the motherboard
  • Installation of the memory
  • Installation of CPU and 'fan box' (this is the Cooler meant)
  • Connect the IDE and floppy disk drive cable
  • Assemble the motherboard
  • Connect the floppy disk and IDE drive
  • Connect the housing -LEDs
  • Installation of expansion cards
  • Connect the power cables
  • Connect the keyboard, mouse, monitor and speakers
  • Switch on
Quick Setup Guide
Quick Setup Guide2
Quick SetupGuide3

The 'Quick Reference Card', which identifies the components belonging to the respective section, is enclosed with this multilingual, also German, 'Brief Instructions'. A simplified board layout scheme serves as the basis for this. The quick overview of the connector strip for the housing LEDs is also very helpful here.

On the 'Jumper and Connector “Stickers are, as the name suggests, all the connections and jumpers on the board. Asus recommends sticking this sticker on the case so that you can always quickly see where the connector/jumper is that you need. The possible assignments are also shown for the jumpers. The Raid Controller is still shown on the sticker as an ATA/100 version and not the current ATA/133 version, but otherwise this sticker is a nice addition, which makes searching for the right page in the manual one or the other Time prevented.

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