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Asus P4T533 in the test: Next-Generation Rambus

Asus P4T533 in the test: Next-Generation Rambus

Conclusion

Anyone who has studied the benchmarks should have already made a personal conclusion for themselves. The advantage of the new Rambus technology is clearly its easy handling and the lower production, test and acquisition costs. The new RIMM4200/3200 modules (also called PC4200/3200) do not offer a speed advantage over their 16-bit predecessors PC1066/800. But this was not to be expected, as nothing has changed in the well-known dual Rambus technology. With RIMM4200/3200 modules, the memory of two PC1066/800 modules is simply located on a single one, which is addressed in two ways. The designation PC4200/3200 is a bit unfortunate because it could lead to confusion with DDR-RAM, which also has this termination.

But not only the Rambus modules have changed in the new generation, also theC-RIMMs that are still required have been changed slightly. The terminating resistors that were otherwise to be found on the mainboard are now directly on the C-RIMM module.

But let's now turn to the P4T533 a little more closely. It follows on from the good performance of the P4T533-C and is thus the fastest board in our Rambus squad to date. In contrast to the P4T533-C, it offers a lot more. Not only the new Rambus technology, which we have already talked about, but also onboard Raid and the all-important AGP/PCI clock option in the BIOS, which allows the PCI/AGP clock to be fixed at 33/66MHz, so that nothing stands in the way of a successful overclocking of the Pentium4. Otherwise, the equipment of the P4T533 is identical to that of the P4T533-C, onboard NEC USB2.0, C-Media 6-channel sound and onboard LAN.

The P4T533 ran absolutely stable in our test and did nothing Problems. The only thing to complain about is the position of the 2x2-pin 12V connector on the mainboard. Otherwise, the customer also receives the often praised features of an Asus board with the P4T533. Asus Update, EZ Plug, EZ Flash and the Q-Fan technology complement the otherwise already very good board.

But many will have asked themselves what use is RIMM3200/4200 support and the right mainboard if you can't buy this rambus anywhere. This is exactly what Asus thought and is delivering the P4T533 therefore in a bundle with RIMM3200 or RIMM4200 ! The end customer has the choice between two variants:

  • P4T533 (Raid and C-Media Sound) with 256MB RIMM3200 from Samsung - 355 €
  • P4T533 (Raid and C -Media Sound) with 256MB RIMM4200 from Samsung - 370 €

The price given is the expected retail price of the bundle. Since there are only 15 euros between the RIMM3200 and RIMM4200 variants, customers should go straight to theRIMM4200 version take effect in order to be on the safe side even after a possible CPU upgrade and to have enough memory bandwidth. The price of the bundles seems very high at first glance, but if you look at the individual purchase costs that would be incurred if you bought them individually, you can't really complain about the price. The acquisition costs for the mainboard and memory are still quite high, since the right CPU for such a high-end system is not exactly cheap. The bundles are already being sold this week and should soon be found more frequently on the market.

Update

To clear up the confusion about onboard LAN, a little addendum. Of course, the P4T533 is also available with an onboard LAN, as listed on the Asus homepage. There are also other versions with AC'97 sound, completely without sound or with a C-Media hardware sound chip. The version we tested is therefore by no means the only one on the market.

As always, the forum is responsible for questions.

Rating P4T533

Asus P4T533
  • Scope of delivery
  • Equipment
  • Documentation
  • Stability
  • Performance
  • Service
  • 6 PCI slots
  • Raid
  • USB 2.0
  • AGP/PCI-Takt Fix
  • Asus EZ-Plug
  • Asus Update
  • Asus EZ-Flash
  • Position of the 12V plug
  • No OnBoard LAN
  • Price

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