Asus P4C800-E: Board Layout

Asus did not make any real changes in the layout of the P4C800-E, compared to the original P4C800 Deluxe. However, they did listen to customers and rotated the huge passive North Bridge heatsink 45 degrees.

This allows customers to mount any of the oversize heatsinks available form Zalman, Alpha, Thermaright and others. The recent versions of the P4C800 Deluxe that we have seen also mount the heatsink in this way.

Index Asus P4C800-E: Basic Features


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  • 0sparkie - Tuesday, September 2, 2003 - link

    I have just download the .pdf manual of the P4C800-E. The manual says that "If installing the ATi 9500 or 9700 Pro Series VGA cards, use only the card version PN xxx-xxxxx-30 or later, for optimum performance and overcloking stability (chapter 2.6.4)." As I have just bought a Gigabyte Radeon 9800Pro (GV-R98P128D) Version : PN109-A07500-00 {SN0322009623} I began to worry. Is it compatible? Will it be stable if I OC it? Shall I have the optimum perfomance of my VGA ? If anyone can answer this .... (thanks) Reply
  • amdecos - Tuesday, September 2, 2003 - link

    But what about the 512 vs 1 GB area? That is still expensive territory, especially if you want the higher speed DDR (>3500). Would 1 GB of 3200 DDR even out with 512K of 3500 DDR? Reply
  • Icewind - Tuesday, September 2, 2003 - link

    Only thing that justifies more then a Gig of memory would be music or video editing and or CAD/arcitechure or an absolute crap load of multitasking.
  • amdecos - Tuesday, September 2, 2003 - link

    The test were based on 2x256 memory yes? Did you also look at 1GB (of 2 or 4 sticks)? Is there a real benefit to gaming by going to 1 GB or is this more a multi tasking benefit? Reply
  • Anonymous User - Tuesday, September 2, 2003 - link

    The whole Prescott support situation is still very clouded.

    Some motherboards might support initial lower speed Prescotts up to 1.5 specs, but not necessarily support later Prescotts (still 478 socket though) which require 2.0 level specs.

    So, be careful what you buy. Even if Abit says they will support Prescott, it doesn't mean that the board in question will support all socket 478 Prescott CPU's up to and including the 3.8GHz model.

    Just so that you know...
  • Anonymous User - Monday, September 1, 2003 - link

    #14 if you want maximum OC ability, do the Abit. If you want stability, get the ASUS. Im more for stability, so you know which one I chose and I couldn't be happier, my P4 just keeps going higher and higher the more I push the FSB Reply
  • Anonymous User - Monday, September 1, 2003 - link

    This board seems solid but i am looking at 2 boards that i want the asus P4C800-E and the abit ic7-max3. Wesley when will you do a review on the ic7-max3 board?? Reply
  • Anonymous User - Monday, September 1, 2003 - link

    Awesome review, although I would be very interested in the PSU used in this review. Reply
  • Anonymous User - Sunday, August 31, 2003 - link

    I am thrilled that you are doing reviews for Anandtech now. You test and write for the enthusiast, and the overclocker in particular. This is just the direction that Anandtech needed to go to get me reading the articles again.
    Thanks a lot!
  • Wesley Fink - Sunday, August 31, 2003 - link

    The Asus P4C800-E did NOT drop out of Dual-Channel running 4DS dimms faster than 800FSB. In that configuration, PAT was disabled, which made 4DS dimms about 1 to 2% slower than 2DS dimms. We still don't know if this is true with ALL 875P boards, i.e. an Intel issue, or if is an issue unique to Asus. 4 SS dimms run fine with PAT still working over 800FSB, as does any other configuration.


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