Page 2:Pentium 4 + SDRAM: Does This Make Sense?
Page 3:Requirements For The Pentium 4
Page 4:The Boards
Page 5:AOpen AX4BS Pro
Page 6:Asus P4B
Page 7:Epox EP-4B2A
Page 8:Chaintech 9BJA
Page 9:Fujitsu-Siemens D1327
Page 10:Gigabyte GA-8IDXH "P4 Titan"
Page 11:MSI MS-6528 / 845 Pro 2
Page 12:QDI Platinix2
Page 13:Soltek SL-85SD+
Page 14:Soyo P4ISR
Page 15:Transcend TS-ABD4
Page 16:Zida A845SD
Page 17:Test Setup
Page 18:Benchmark Results
Page 19:Business: SYSmark 2000
Page 20:Professional OpenGL: SPECviewperf 6.1.2
Page 21:Professional OpenGL: SPECviewperf 6.1.2, Continued
Board Revision: 1.2
BIOS Version: B06 (November 6, 2001)
Epox sent in their 4B2A, a full-sized ATX motherboard with Socket mPGA478. We received this motherboard with an early BIOS dated August, which operated the Front Side Bus at 101 MHz instead of 100.0 MHz. The latest version runs with 100.49 MHz now, which results in a CPU clock speed of 2009.7 MHz. Generally, we prefer not to have companies reach higher benchmark results through higher clock speeds. Please consider this when studying the benchmark results.
The latest BIOS version includes a special option for the memory timing set-up. Usually, you can either set all memory parameters manually or have this done by the BIOS, by reading data of the SPD. Here, the CAS Latency is to be set independently (2, 3 or AUTO). This is particularly important if you have CL2 SDRAM, but don't know any of the other parameters.
In PnP/PCI Configurations, you can freely assign interrupts to all important devices, such as the AGP slot, the AC97 module and all six PCI slots. In particular, the specific assignment to the AGP has not been possible, so far. Though this should not be too important, you could still run into resource conflicts when using many add-on cards.
Besides that, this motherboard comes with lots of interesting options for overclockers: manual multiplier selection; FSB selection between 90 and 200 MHz in 1 MHz increments. Different from other BIOSes, you will also see the resulting CPU and SDRAM clock, which is very useful in helping to avoid overclocking mistakes by crazy settings. You can equate the memory clock with the FSB speed or run it at 4/3 of it - also important if you'd like to increase the FSB speed considerably.
A look at the motherboard reveals nothing exciting: six PCI slots; one CNR; the AGP 4x; three DIMM sockets; UltraATA/100 controller; a total of three fan headers; and AC97 sound system.
- Pentium 4 + SDRAM: Does This Make Sense?
- Requirements For The Pentium 4
- The Boards
- AOpen AX4BS Pro
- Asus P4B
- Epox EP-4B2A
- Chaintech 9BJA
- Fujitsu-Siemens D1327
- Gigabyte GA-8IDXH "P4 Titan"
- MSI MS-6528 / 845 Pro 2
- QDI Platinix2
- Soltek SL-85SD+
- Soyo P4ISR
- Transcend TS-ABD4
- Zida A845SD
- Test Setup
- Benchmark Results
- Business: SYSmark 2000
- Professional OpenGL: SPECviewperf 6.1.2
- Professional OpenGL: SPECviewperf 6.1.2, Continued