Asus P4T533-C and Intel D850EMV2 in the test: The new i850E with 533MHz FSB
- 1 Preface
- The chipset
- 2 The P4T533-C
- 5 Test system
- 12 Conclusion
With the layout, Asus is making an effort, as always, to position all connections as far outside as possible in order to avoid unnecessary cables running over the board and components to prevent. Both the power connector and Asus EZ Plug as well as the DIE ports are on the edge of the P4T533-C. Otherwise, only the location of the RIMM slots is noticeable in the layout. Two slots are arranged at right angles to the i850E. Apparently this arrangement facilitates the routing of the signal paths. The RIMM slots recommended by Asus for optimal performance are also unusual. If two Rambus modules and two C-RIMMs are used, a Rambus with a C-RIMM module should be placed on a Rambus bank. For example, there would be a Rambus module on slot A1, a C-RIMM module on slot A2, another Rambus module on slot B1 and finally a C-RIMM module on B2. With the D850EMV2 this type of equipment is not possible at all, the board refuses to do thisBoot process complete.
Thanks to a NEC USB2.0 controller, the P4T533-C despite ICH2 via four USB 2.0 ports, half of which are led directly to the outside on the board and the other half via a slot cover that also contains the game port.
The 6-channel onboard sound is unfortunately only implemented via the AC “97 codec integrated in the ICH2. The P4T533-C does not have the C-Media sound chip that we praised, which was still used in the P4B266-E and P4S333. AC “97 sound unfortunately has the disadvantage that it is not encoded on the hardware side, but the CPU has to do this work, which can sometimes lead to frame breaks. The P4T533-C comes with an additional slot bracket with an optical and digital S/PDIF output. The digital input had to give way to the optical output. The S/PDIF output is gold-plated for this.
Since the ICH2 has an OnBoard LAN, it was easy for Asus to lead it to the outside, so that the buyer is spared an additional component in the form of a network card. The integrated Intel Pro/100 VE adapter offers no reason for complaint.
We will not go into the features Asus MyLogo, EZ Plug and the Post Reporter at this point, as we have already discussed them in our review of the P4B266-E and P4S333.
We would like to briefly mention the EZ Flash function, which allows the BIOS to be flashed without first booting from a boot diskette/CD-ROM. ALT + F2 takes you directly to the flash tool during the boot screen. But if you consider the 'Asus Update' program, this function seems almost superfluous again, at least for Windows users, because thanks to 'Asus Update' you can conveniently flash the BIOS in Windows.
The support CD was released further improved. The installation of the NEC USB2.0 controller and all other components now starts directly from the CD and you no longer have to go through the device manager.
The features of the P4T533-C are not the absolute best Optimal, for everyone who can do without OnBoard Raid, FireWire and Bluetooth, but completely sufficient.
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