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Asus P4T533-C Socket-478 motherboard
By CPU-zilla
Category : Mainboard
Published by Jimmy Tang on Tuesday, 21st May, 2002
Rating : 4 out of 5 stars  


Introduction

The new Asus P4T533-C motherboard is based on Intel's new 850E chipset which is built for the RDRAM platform. The Intel 850E was launched recently along with the new Pentium 4 processors at 533MHz FSB speeds. In the specifications of the chipset alone, we know that the chipset will only support PC800 RDRAM modules but when these new products are marketed by other vendors like Asus, it is specified to support PC1066 RDRAM.

At this time, PC1066 RDRAM are still not available in the market and are mostly still in the sampling stage. We expect the price to be higher than conventional PC800 RDRAM and we think it would be worth the investment only if you are crazy about performance. However, in our tests, most of the newer PC800 Samsung RDRAM should have no problems reaching PC1066 speeds. In fact, the newer PC800 40ns RDRAM parts from Kingston should do wonders for overclockers as it is rated at 5ns lower than current Samsung modules.

New Kingston PC800 40ns RDRAM.

The new P4T533-C motherboard is one of the very first 850E based board from Asus. The board features a lot of integrated devices like a USB 2.0 and an on-board LAN. The board looks like a 4-layer board that is completely redesigned to accomodate the CPU socket and RIMM slots in the smallest area possible. The two RIMM sockets are perpendicular to each other and the CPU socket is rotated by 90 degrees. Although it may seem that a lot of space were wasted to reposition a pair of RIMM vertically beside the CPU socket, the board is still able to maintain good usage of space and it still comes packed with five PCI slots in addition to all the other on-board peripherals.

The technical specification of the board is listed below :-

Asus P4T533-C motherboard specifications
Processor
  • Socket 478 for IntelĀ® Pentium 4 processors
  • IntelĀ® Pentium 4 Processors 1.4GHz-2.53GHz or higher
  • Supports 400MHz and 533MHz FSB CPUs
Chipset
  • Intel 850E MCH Chipset
    • Supports RDRAM at 400/533MHz (PC800/PC1066)
    • Dual channel RDRAM support
    • 1.5V AGP with 4x data transfer rate and 4x fast write transaction
    • 8-bit, 66MHz (266MB/s) 4x hub interface to the Intel ICH2
  • Intel ICH2 (360 EBGA) Chipset
    • Upstream hub interface for access to the Intel MCH
    • 2-channel Ultra ATA 100/66/33 Bus Master IDE controller
    • USB 1.1 controller (4 ports)
    • I/O APIC
    • FWH interface
    • LPC interface
    • PCI 2.2 interface
    • AC'97 2.1 interface
    • Integrated system management controller
Cache memory
  • CPU Built-in 256KB (Willamette) or 512KB (Northwood) L2 cache
System memory
  • 4 x 184-pin PC800/1066 RIMM
  • Supports 64, 96, 128, 192, 256 or 512MB RIMM
  • Supports up to 2GB of memory
PCI IDE
  • 2 x bus master UDMA-33/66/100 IDE ports (up to 4 devices)
  • Support for PIO, UDMA-33, UDMA-66, UDMA-100 IDE devices
I/O Interface
  • 1x floppy port (360KB - 2.88MB)
  • 2x serial port
  • 1x parallel port (SPP/EPP/ECP)
  • PS/2 Keyboard
  • PS/2 Mouse
  • 2x USB 1.1 ports (2x front USB 1.1 ports from on-board header)
  • 2x USB 2.0 ports (2x front USB 2.0 ports from on-board header)
  • Audio ports for on-board sound (Line-Out, Line-In, Mic)
  • 1x Game port header on-board
  • 1x RJ-45 10/100Mbps Ethernet LAN port
Expansion slots
  • 5x 32-bit PCI slots, PCI 2.2 compliant
  • 1x CNR (Communication and Networking riser) slot
  • 1x 1.5V AGP (2x/4x mode) slot
Power Management
  • Supports ACPI (Advanced Configuration and Power Interface)
  • Supports Desktop Management Interface 2.0 (DMI)
  • WOL by PME
  • WOR by PME
Form Factor
  • ATX Form Factor : 12-inches x 9.6-inches (30.5cm x 24.5cm)
  • Fits into regular ATX case
BIOS
  • 2 Mbit (256KB) Flash ROM
  • Award Flash BIOS with PnP, ACPI, DMI2.0, TCAV, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.3
  • Multi-boot on ZIP, ATAPI CD-ROM, SCSI, IDE #1, #2, #3, #4

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