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      25.05.2001 07:35
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      This Asus P3V4X motherboard is very simple to build in to systems and has plenty of scope for the budding home builder and pro alike. It has 133fsb and will supports cpu's up to the "magic" 1GHz. Its nicely price and not too expensive and future proof for years to come to keep the user in touch. Also the faster pc133 ram but not the RD Ram but those ram prices are very high and out of reach for the general user. It has 4 dimm slots so its capable with dealing with 1Gb ram. I would imagine this to make your programs and games screem along :). It has 5 pci slots so its plenty of room for future upgrades. Its fully auto detect and u don't have to deal with any jumper settings at all, so is perfect for the first time builder but he more advanced user can use the jumpers and switch to tweak the board even further. It has the obligatory agp slot so will support all the latest graphics card well. It worked well with pnp and everything else i put in it so its a good stable board from a well known manufacture so its safe. I say buy this board. It works has plenty of options and what else do u want?

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      11.10.2000 10:26
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      I got this my latest motherboard at a computer fair in London for the bargain price of £60. It sells for £80-90, BUT the stallholder had the wrong price on the pile of P3V4X’s and the £85 price ticket on a pile of ASUS Socket 7 motherboards, so I did take advantage of this. I will leave you to say if this was right or wrong but I am only a poor person and I did give some of the money I saved to a homeless person I saw on the way home. I also Purchased a Celeron 566MHz, which I was going to “OVER-CLOCK” to 850MHz. This would be my third over-clocked PC for myself and I have built some for other people. The Specifications of this motherboard is Very Good and some of the other Opinions go into it in detail, so I won’t, as I would like to tell you about the pros and cons of over-clocking and problems with BIOS’s. At first the machine would not come on at any speed, not even the correct speed of 566MHz (PANICS) so I looked at the ASUS website. Sure enough there was a BIOS upgrade that sorted this problem. The BIOS was version ‘104’ and it added the NEW speeds for the Celeron chip I was using. The motherboard fired up at 850MHz and boy was I Happy. I’m using a Diamond Viper II AGP Graphics Card (Savage Z200) running at X4 and normal PC100 Memory. I also got a new ATA-66 Hard Drive (7,200rpm) as the board is fitted with ATA-66. I am impressed with this set-up but when I put on the ASUS monitoring software for Windows that informs you of any High Temperatures the board started beeping at me even with the extra Fans my case has got (2 extra & a fan card near graphics card) and sometimes it rebooted? I removed the software to get rid of this annoying noise and it was ok, but I was not happy so I went back to the ASUS site and the ‘104’ BIOS had been removed? The list went from ‘103’ (my starting bios) straight to ‘105’ so I guess they had problems with ‘104’?
      The thing I noticed that this new bios cured was a False temperature reading coming from my Slot converter, one thing to remember is to have one of the latest Slot converters for FC-PGA as this can cause problems when over-clocking. With this New Bios everything was OK and has been for a couple of months with the CPU temperature being between 35° & 40°, I’m using a ‘THERMALTAKE’ CPU Fan (about £12-16), which was well worth the money. So more than two months of VERY HAPPY gaming later I hit my next Problem. I had a Microsoft IntelliMouse Explorer (USB), which went wrong so I had not tried it on this new set-up. I got a new mouse from Microsoft under its guarantee and when I plugged it in after my PC had booted everything was fine, I played Half-Life for a few hours then I rebooted and it just sat there on its BIOS screen with the floppy drive light lit up? I then tried a USB keyboard, which did the same fine if you plugged it in after the machine had booted but hanging if it was plugged in when booting? I am not going to boot the PC then plug my mouse & keyboard in. I am now stuck with either not using my USB products on this PC and wait for a bios upgrade to solve this (I will e-mail ASUS on this) or look to see if the problem is with Microsoft ME which is the only operating system I have tried with this combination of motherboard and peripherals. I say it could be ‘ME’ as a friends PC use to crash if you plugged a USB product in with Windows 98 but not with ME (he’s got an ABIT BH-6 Motherboard). Do not let me put you of this Motherboard, it is just been more temperamental than other motherboards I have used (which must be in the thirties by now), it is VERY GOOD! I just like pushing it to the extremes.

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        05.09.2000 23:23

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        This Asus board is a Slot 1 ATX board. It has 6 PCI slots (1 shared with ISA) and a 4x AGP slot. It also has 4 DIMM sockets allowing up to 1Gb of 133Mhz RAM. The board is based on the VIA Appollo Pro chipset, which provides support for FSB (Front Side Bus) speeds of up to 150Mhz, AGP 4x, UDMA 66 and USB. In conjunction with a suitable convertor, this slot 1 board can be used with the newer FCPGA processors from Intel (I'm running a 667Mhz FCPGA processor). This board is popular among over clockers with good results being reported (I cannot comment, as I haven't pushed mine beyond spec). There are onboard connectors for 2 fans (in addition to the chip-fan), although the motherboard doesn't run particularly warm. On the whole, the manual offers very clear explanations of the features on the board, and the board is very easy to set up.

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        18.08.2000 07:49

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        The Asus P2B is a stable and feature rich motherboard. It replaced a TMC motherboard I had which had ‘issues’ with Nvidia graphics cards. Since the swap my computer has been more stable in general use, as well as when the graphics card is working hard. Asus support the board well, a recent BIOS update added APCI power saving support. You get onboard USB, two EIDE channels, floppy disk controller, two serial ports, one parallel port and two ps/2 ports and the option to connect an infra red port. Wow! There’s lots of setup options to keep the tweakers happy and even the option of an Asus network card, which adds wake on LAN capability. Asus even have free motherboard monitoring/trouble shooting software available for download! If your slot 1 computer crashes a lot, try changing motherboards – you could be pleasantly surprised.

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        09.08.2000 19:01
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        This is a very very good motherboard. This was the motherboard I used to build my own computer and I must have spent around 3 months researching motherboards, so you can trust me on this one. It has 6 pci slots so there is plenty of room for upgrades. It has an AGP 4x ( 266 mhz) slot for card that support it. It has udma 66 for fast transfer times. It has a slot 1 type processor fitting and has 133 Mhz( Fastest at the moment, Vram = 800mhz) front side bus, which is the speed all the basic components speak to each other. It has one Isa slot just in case you have components that are a bit older. I found this card extremly easy to set up and all the bits were clearly marked and the bios did the rest. Incidently it is an award bios and is very easy to use. It has 4 dimm ram slots so is future safe, until vram is cheaper at least.

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        01.08.2000 08:30
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        This Asus P3V4X motherboard is very simple to build in to systems and has plenty of scope for the budding home builder and pro alike. It has 133fsb and will supports cpu's up to the "magic" 1GHz. Its nicely price and not too expensive and future proof for years to come to keep the user in touch. Also the faster pc133 ram but not the RD Ram but those ram prices are very high and out of reach for the general user. It has 4 dimm slots so its capable with dealing with 1Gh ram. I would imagine this to make your programs and games screem along :). It has 5 pci slots so its plenty of room for future upgrades. Its fully auto detect and u don't have to deal with any jumper settings at all, so is perfect for the first time builder but he more advanced user can use the jumpers and switch to tweak the board even further. It has the obligatory agp slot so will support all the latest graphics card well. It worked well with pnp and everything else i put in it so its a good stable board from a well known manufacture so its safe. I say buy this board. It works has plenty of options and what else do u want?

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