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Market Survey, Part 2: Six Premium Pentium 4 LGA775 Boards

Asus P5GDC-V Deluxe (Intel 915G)

The P5GDC-V Deluxe looks like a good choice for ambitious upgrades.

Board revision : 1.03

BIOS version : 1007 Beta 006

The P5GDC-V Deluxe is a lot less expensive than the P5AD2-E. Thanks to its 915G chipset, it offers Intel’s latest graphics accelerator, though it doesn’t support 266 MHz FSB clock speed.

Despite the lower cost, the typical Asus features are all still present. A Stack Cool layer is again deployed to deal with temperature hot spots around the processor and power converter, providing for better heat distribution. The additional layer also keeps the board from bending too much when installing a CPU cooler.

The board did display one aesthetic flaw : our Corsair DDR400 memory (CMX512-3200LL, XMS3205v1.2) with ideal timings of CL2-2-2-5, was run by the Asus board with timings of CL2-4-4-8. The overclocking functions though were nice. Asus’ board also provides the performance requirement bit unlock feature for use with CPUs having a multiplier of 14x and 04B stepping or later.

Asus P5GDC-V Deluxe (Rev. 1.03)
PlatformSockel LGA775
NorthbridgeIntel 915P
SouthbridgeIntel ICH6R
BIOS1007 BETA 006 (01/21/2005)
MemoryDDRII-400 to 711 DDR 333/400
Interfaces
Connectorsonboard/panel
USB 2.04 / 4
IEEE1394/Firewire1 / 1
Serial COM Portnone / 1
Parallel LPT Port1 / none
Gamenone / 1
LAN1 / none
WLANnone / none
SATA4 / none
Audio analog6 / none
Audio digital2 / none
Connectorsonboard only
PCIe 16x1
PCIe 1x2
PCI3
IDE (PATA)2 (4 channels)
Fan 4 pins (CPU)1
Fan 3 pins (System)2
Mass Storage Controller
ICH6R2x IDE (ATA100)4x SATA (RAID 0,1,0+1)
ITE 8212F2x IDE (ATA133 RAID 1,0,0+1)
LAN
Marvell 88E053 PCIe1x 1 Gbit/s LAN
Audio
C-Media CMI 9880 7.1AC97
IEEE1394/Firewire
TSB43AB22A2x 1394a (400 Mbit/s)
Clock Setting in BIOSMeasurement
200.0 MHz (FSB800)200.7 MHz (+0.35 %)
266.6 MHz (FSB1066)n/a
SPD Memory Timing RecognitionTiming Result
FSB800 setting DDRIICL 4.0-4-4-12
FSB800 setting DDRCL 2.0-4-4-8