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ASUS P4PE Black Pearl (Intel 845PE)
By CPU-zilla
Category : Mainboard
Published by Jimmy Tang on Monday, 7th April, 2003
Rating : 4 out of 5 stars  


The term Black Pearl is not new to ASUS and followers of ASUS products will know that it's a limited edition product targeted at users who wants the best looking product from ASUS. Well, maybe not the best looking but certainly they can expect good features and a rock solid product designed for the hardcore power users.

The packaging itself is specially designed for this motherboard and it's quite unlike any of ASUS' regular motherboard packages. Well, the artwork is definitely nothing spectacular and if we have to give them a score for attractiveness, it would probably not put it anywhere near the likes of current MSI and Gigabyte's product packaging. Still, we have to give them credit for making something so out of the ordinary that it's hard not to miss if it's placed on the store shelves.

In the package, you'll find the following items :-

  • The motherboard
  • InterVideo WinDVD Suite (includes WinDVD, WinDVD Creator, WinRip and WinProducer)
  • User's manual and quick setup guide
  • I/O faceplate
  • Keyboard label for ASUS Instant Music
  • ASUS 32MB USB Flash Disk
  • One rounded FDD cable
  • One rounded HDD cable
  • One game port + 2x USB 2.0 port bracket
  • One S/PDIF output bracket

    ASUS P4PE Black Pearl Technical Specifications
    • Socket 478 for Intel® Pentium 4 / Celeron processors
    • Intel® Pentium 4 Processors 1.4GHz - 3.06GHz or higher (400/533MHz FSB)
    • Intel® Celeron Processors 1.7GHz - 1.8GHz or higher (400MHz FSB)
    • Supports processors at 400 / 533MHz front side bus
    • Supports processors with Hyper-Threading technology
    • Intel 845PE chipset
      • AGP 4x slot (1.5V only) with 4x fast write capability
      • Supports 100/133MHz system bus
      • Supports 400/533MHz Intel NetBurst micro-architecture bus
      • Supports up to 2GB of DDR333, DDR266 or DDR200 SDRAM memory
    • Intel ICH4 chipset
      • AC'97 2.2 interface
      • Six USB 2.0/1.1 ports (3 UHCI Host controllers and 1 EHCI Host controller)
      • Dual channel Ultra ATA/100 bus master IDE controller
      • Six PCI bus masters v2.2
      • I/O APIC
    Cache memory
    • CPU Built-in 256KB (Willamette) or 512KB (Northwood) L2 cache for Pentium 4
    • CPU Built-in 128KB L2 cache for Celeron
    System memory
    • 3 x 184-pin DDR SDRAM DIMM
    • Supports up to two double-sided DIMMs (or total of four memory banks)
    • Supports up to 2GB of DDR333 / DDR266 / DDR200 SDRAM memory
    • Supports 2.5V DDR SDRAM
    • 2 x Bus Master Ultra ATA-66/100 IDE ports (up to 4 devices)
    • Support for PIO, UDMA-33, Ultra ATA-66/100 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
    • 6x USB 2.0/1.1 ports (4x rear and 2x front by cable)
    • Audio ports for on-board sound (Line-In, Line-Out and MIC) - based on AD1980
    • 1x Fast Ethernet (RJ-45) LAN jack
    • 1x SIR header (for infra-red devices)
    • 1x Game/MIDI header
    Expansion slots
    • 6x 32-bit PCI slots, PCI 2.2 compliant
    • 1x CNR (Communication and Networking riser) slot
    • 1x AGP 2x/4x slot (1.5V only)
    Power Management
    • Supports ACPI (Advanced Configuration and Power Interface) 1.0b
    Form Factor
    • ATX Form Factor : 30.5cm x 22.9cm
    • Fits into regular ATX case
    • 4Mbit (512KB) Flash EEPROM
    • Award Flash BIOS with PnP, ACPI, DMI2.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.3, WOL, WOR and multi-language support
    • Multi-boot on ZIP, ATAPI CD-ROM, SCSI, IDE #1, #2, #3, #4
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