View Full Version : Can anyone recomend a good p4 board?
I'm looking to make this a nice system even before o/cing, so disregarding budget concerns, what motherboard would you buy?
I'm looking for either DDR or RDRAM.
Previously I'd heard RDRAM was better than DDR, but the current RDRAM boards make for bad o/cing. Is this true? I'm willing to pay for RDRAM if there is a good board.
07-25-02, 02:45 PM
the SiS 648 based boards are about to come out, and an ABIT one is already on newegg, which I plan on buying. They support DDR400 which is show to be a little bit better on some benchmarks or a just a little bit behind on others when compared with rdram 1066...these are more real word benchmarks and not memory throughput ones.
07-26-02, 04:27 AM
I love my TH7II RAID. Lots of features, and nice overclocks. Lots of users of this board over in the Abit section. If you have questions, feel free to ask :cool:
1)Asus P4B533-E or
07-26-02, 09:29 AM
Hey i was wondering something... If it says that the mobo only supports 200/266 ddr ram would it be possible to use ddr 333 or 400 and still get the full performance out of them? (meaning getting ddr 333 or 400 speed)
07-27-02, 04:35 AM
Will the Th711 take 1066 Rdram or are there still problems getting it too work. This is still a confusion for me. I have to agree as of now it is still the best board in light of the problems with the P4t533 overclocking
I want to by the P4T533-C.
Any recommendations here? (I don't want to o/c)
ABIT SR7-8X: DDR333
Holds the most promise for DDR Intels, the board uses SIS 468 which supports DDR333 and unofficially supports DDR400. This limits the bandwidth choke experienced with the older boards. ABIT has it together with their Intel boards so I would expect this one to be a great OCer. As well the ABIT SR7 has AGP 8x nothing big now but a plus when it comes to future AGP cards.
ASUS P4T533: RDRAM 3200/4200
The new ASUS uses the new 232-Pin RDRAM giving a major boost in memory speed as well as bandwidth. The only major problem I see is the 1.5v AGP which is limiting to say the least, 1.8v would have been nice, I suspect there to be more volt moding with this board. Other then the 1.5v AGP, the new ASUS looks very promising even more so if you think of paring it with the ATI 9700.
A380 if your not out to OC then the ASUS board will do fine, but you might want to look into the P4T533 and not the C version, if only to be ready for the next wave of motherboards.
What would be better with the other one (P4T533)?
[I don't know all the RAM types.]
One PCI more, nice, but not enough to change. The P4T533 has a AGP Pro slot, and I was watching out for the ASUS AGP-V8440/TD, GeForce4 Ti4400, 128MB DDR, DVI, TV-Out
Maybe someone could tell me what exactly would be better with the other Mobo? Thanks
07-27-02, 07:58 AM
Unshra.. the abit board you talked about... Is it avalible yet? And how would it stand against the IT7 at this point?? The IT7 sounds like a very good board but i havent heard about this one yet...
07-27-02, 10:30 AM
even though it is not out yet i'm planning on getting th asus
P4S8X it a sis648 based motherboard thats going to have
serial ata, 8x agp, ddr 400 support, and 6 channel audio
to me it seems the best board comming out for future
After looking at some more articles, I'm pretty sure I'd like to go pc1066 rdram. Is there a borad that is already out or will be released in 1-2 months that supports pc1066, 8x agp, and serial ata?
It doesn't matter to me if its a great o/cer as I'm going quiet aircooling so I can't o/c too far anways.
If not, I might just settle for a good Sis648 board.
A380 the only major benefit that the P4T533 has is the PC4200, which translates into faster bandwidth (i.e. apps/games run faster) then the P4T533-C, which uses PC1066. As well you donít need to pair RAM with the P4T533 like do you with the P4T533-C so you end up saving money. PC4200 is actual PC1066 but with 232-Pins instead of 184-Pins, this allows it to go beyond the 1Ghz speed and reach 4.2Ghz, the physical difference is that the PC4200 has one notch while the PC1066 has two.
Thantos the ABIT is out, I know that NewEgg (http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduct.asp) sells the board for $108 US.
HGREEN you just described the ABIT SR7-8x minus that the ABIT is currently out now while the ASUS is not. As well ABIT is known for great OCing while ASUS tends to choke volts left and right, so between the two I would personal pick ABIT as I know ASUS will charge more the $108 for their board and I donít feel like volt moding if itís not necessary.
To be honest Jim Iíve not seen a PC1066 with AGP 8x and Serial ATA, youíll most likely see the PC4200 with the full set of features before the PC1066 since the PC1066 is old tech.
I wanted to go with PC800. I know that PC1066 is faster, but on the ASUSwebsite it says
Quote:"Use only the tested and qualified 16-bit 1066MHz RIMM listed below.
Other RIMM manufactured by other vendors may not be suitable for this motherboard."
And the only tested one is Samsung. So that's why i'm thinking of PC800.
OK, the P4T533 is faster, but i don't really like the AGP Pro slot, because i don't want to change everthing again.
Infineon RIMM 256MB 800MHz *4 times*
Intel Pentium 4 2.4GHz Sockel-478 boxed, 133MHz FSB, 512kB Cache
ASUS AGP-V8440/TD, GeForce4 Ti4400, 128MB DDR, DVI, TV-out, AGP
[Western Digital Caviar WD800BB 80GB
Western Digital Caviar WD1200JB Special Edition 120GB, 8MB Cache]
I didn't list everything because the rest is unimportent to this "problem"
Ok. I never heard about the pc4200 rdram before now. Is this a modified pc1066 with more pins or all new? I was under the impression pc1200 was next to be released...
So you think the ASUS P4T533 is good other than the low voltage? I do plan on overclocking, but due to lower cfm fans, not a very large one, so +.1 volts should be plenty for me. It at least offers this much adjustability right?
Hmm, I guess what I need is to know what the default voltage is on a 2.2 or 2.4 p4 to know how much higher the 1.5v is ;P
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