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Asus P4T533 in the test: Next-Generation Rambus

Asus P4T533 in the test: Next-Generation Rambus

Foreword

Just a few days ago Samsung announced 32-bit 4200 and 32-bit 4200 and 3200 RIMM modules, which not only combine the costs of Rambus, but also its speed with the ease of use of conventional RAMs. The advantage of the new 32-bit Rambus is obvious. Up to now, 16-bit Rambus always had to be used in dual operation, so that at least two modules had to be used. This does not apply to the new 32-bit Rambus, since a module combines two 16-bit modules, so to speak, and is addressed in dual operation. Therefore, the matching slot on the mainboard must also be equipped with 232 pins and not just 144 pins as with the 16-bit Rambus.

As the first manufacturer to offer a mainboard for this new Rambus Asus has announced the P4T533, which we will take a closer look at in this review

The chipsets

The chipsets in comparison
Features i850E i845E i845G i845D Supported CPU sockets Socket 478 Socket 478 Socket 478 Socket 478 Northbridge Features Northbridge Intel 82850E Intel 82845E Intel 82845G Intel 82845D multiprocessor support no no no no Front-Side-Bus 400 MHz Yes Yes Yes Yes 533 MHz Yes Yes Yes No Memory clock 100 MHz Yes Yes Yes Yes 133 MHz Yes Yes Yes Yes 166 MHz No No No No Asynchronous memory cycle Yes Yes Yes Yes Max.number of dimming slots 4 3 2 3 Memory support SDRAM No No Yes Yes DDR-SDRAM No Yes Yes Yes Rambus Yes No No No AGP support 1x No No No No 2x Yes Yes Yes Yes 4x Yes Yes Yes Yes Southbridge Features Southbridge Intel 82801 BA Intel 82801 DB Intel 82801 DB Intel 82801 BA Hard disk controller ATA 33/66 Yes Yes Yes Yes ATA 100 Yes Yes Yes Yes ATA 133 No No No No Number of PCI slots (max) 6 6 6 6 USB ports (max) 4 6 6 4 USB 2.0 No Yes Yes No Other I/O-Link Hub Interface (266MB/s) Hub Interface (266MB/s ) Hub Interface (266MB/s) Hub Interface (266MB/s)

The chipsets have not changed compared to the last article. The P4T533 continues to use the i850E and the ICH2 is used as the south bridge. So Asus is not yet going the way that some other manufacturers takeand does not install the ICH4, which has an integrated USB2.0 controller, on its boards, but continues to provide this support via an additional NEC USB2.0 controller.

On the next page: That P4T533

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