Asus P4B533-E and Intel D845GBV in the test: i845E against i845G, i850E and i845D
- 1 Preface
- The chipsets
- 2 The P4B533-E
- 5 Test system
- 13 Conclusion
The layout of the P4B533-E looks very tidy again. Both the power connector, Asus EZ Plug, the IDE and floppy connections, and all other connections are as far as possible on the edge of the board in order to enable easy connection and to prevent unnecessary laying of the cables over the board/p>
With the P4B533-E, Asus draws again from the full and does not give up satisfied with the features of the new ICH4. Although this AC “97 offers sound, Asus uses the C-Media for the P4B533-E, just like with the P4B266-ECMI8738 sound chip that provides 6-channel sound on the hardware side. The power-hungry software calculation of the AC “97 codes is no longer necessary. Asus also includes a S/PDIF module with the board that has an analog SPDIF input and output. Optical connections are not found here, but the analog connections are gold-plated.
With the ICH4 from Intel, the NEC USB2.0 controller, which Asus still used on the P4B266-E, became superfluous. The ICH4 now provides the 6 USB 2.0 ports. In order to stand out from the competition, Asus quickly built in a Firewire controller from NEC. Two Firewire connections are led to the outside via a slot cover included with the board.
A Promise ATA133 raid controller finds can also be found on the P4B533-E and, with the appropriate hardware, provides enough leeway for the connections in the PC.In view of this list of features, one really wonders what is still missing from the P4B533-E. Instead of the Firewire controller, some might have preferred a Bluetooth plug-in card like the one supplied by MSI. But the manufacturers are of course placing increasing emphasis on differentiating themselves from their competitors and this is currently only possible with add-ons such as Firewire, Bluetooth and Raid.
The equipment of the P4B533-E can certainly not be criticized , because in our opinion it really leaves nothing to be desired.
We would like to highlight some of the new features of the P4B533-E at this point. We won't go back to features like “Asus EZ Plug”, “Asus MyLogo”, “Asus Update” and the “Asus Post Reporter”, all of which we already explained in our review of the P4B266-E and P4S333. Rather, we would like to focus on the newly added features and advantages of the P4B533-E.
On the one hand, the P4B533 offers -E a multi-language bios that already supports English, French, traditional Chinese, simplified Chinese and Japanese in our early version. German is not yet among the languages offered, but at least one can hope for localization. On the other hand, the Q-Fan technology known from Asus' Athlon boards is now being added to the P4 series. It allows the rotation speed of the CPU fan to be adapted to the conditions. You can use theBios set the ratio and delay. What is very noticeable about the Q-Fan technology on the Pentium4 boards is the fact that the fan usually stops completely for minutes and only starts up again at a CPU temperature of around 60 ° C in order to cool the CPU down. If he has lowered this far enough, he stops again and waits until the CPU has again reached a little over 60 ° C.
This can of course reduce the running noise of the PC enormously, but the CPU fan turns briefly after starting at approx. 60 ° C a little faster than it would with permanent cooling. As a result, you can clearly hear the difference when the fan starts, stops or rotates normally. Here everyone has to act at their own discretion and decide for themselves whether they prefer a constantly monotonous running noise to the changing noise of switching on and off.
As with the P4T533-C, the P4B533-E also has the EZ Flash Function that enables the BIOS to be flashed without prior booting from a boot diskette/CD-ROM. ALT + F2 takes you directly to the flash tool during the boot screen and allows you to flash your bios. This is certainly a useful addition, especially for customers who do not use a Windows operating system and cannot fall back on 'Asus Update'.
All the important drivers and programs that you need for the Components of the mainboard are required and the installation takes place via a clear menu.
On the next page: Stability