If you want a Pro board – and there’s nothing wrong with them at all – get one without an alarmingly expensive RAM module in the box, then hit crucial. If you buy your motherboards based on the sexiness of the heat sink, the P6IPA’s orange-anodised cutie conclusively beats the more prosaically useful Asus lump. The same thing, but without the video. Whoopty, I am impelled to say, doo. But, for pretty much any task, if you didn’t measure the difference, you wouldn’t know it was there. Give Dan some money! In real world tasks, though, the FSB bottleneck chokes the system performance down again, and the speed advantage of the tweaked-up machines barely shows above the noise floor.

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It all pretty much costs the same for a given capacity.

When Australian DDR memory costs the same as SDR – or near enough as makes no difference – then these boards will be a good choice; if the CUV is available then without its pricey RAM, or just at a more sensible price, then it’ll be a sensible option. But hey, it doesn’t hurt. Retail buyers can’t get anything much to put in an ACR slot; on this motherboard, all you could put there would be a crummy host-based modem anyway.

The power connector’s next p6isa-ik the two IDE sockets. The CUV tops that by a large p6isa-il. Quantity of RAM certainly ecss you need enough memory to stop your operating system, or any heavyweight applications you run, from having to pound away at hard disk virtual memory. The P6IPA’s manual says it can take up to 1. Why the huge price difference?

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Populate all six PCI slots and the AGP one as well, and you’ll probably end up over-sharing resources and shuffling cards to try ecd troubleshoot compatibility problems. Even if you go for a more expensive EP board like the Black Pearl, you’re still only paying two thirds as much as the DDR board costs. In software mode, everything you see on the screen is put there by the CPU, flogging away at main memory and using the graphics card as nothing but a dumb frame buffer.

There’s a connector on the board for two more USB ports, by the way, but you don’t get the actual ports-and-cable thingy that lets you use the connector. Overclocking If you want to run your CPU faster than stock, both of these boards can do it, but the Asus is better. I’ll give you all a moment to get your excitement under control, and change your pants. Give Dan some money! Don’t have the money for a Pentium 4? Looking at it with the back-panel connectors facing away from you, the RAM slots are off to the right of the CPU, with a strange empty expanse eca their right.

Asus CUV266 versus ECS P6IPA

They deliver impressive raw-memory-bandwidth speed increases, pretty much right in line with the RAM bus speed. The CPU’s a big factor in this test, since dropping the resolution means even modest graphics cards spend a lot of their time waiting for more geometry data from the processor. I ran a couple of benchmarks on the two boards myself, to see if I could find something the Tom’s Hardware reviewers missed.

I wasn’t expecting to see a p6isaa-ii difference between these two boards for any test. Assuming they got an board that actually worked – and let’s not go into that p6isx-ii little saga again – board buyers got to load up on amazingly expensive Rambus RDRAM, and get, frankly, sod-all extra speed for their p6isaii compared with a cheap PC SDRAM box running the same CPU.

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It runs a low-resolution version of the two 3D game tests that 3DMark uses, seeing how fast a system can crank through them.

Asus’ page for the CUV No harm done; the board hasn’t ended up huge, and the RAM slot placement means the memory retaining clips are sure not to foul on the video card. Want a fast Intel-based PC? If you want to run your CPU faster than stock, both of these boards can do it, but the Asus is better. The P6IPA has them in the normal at-right-angles-to-the-video-card location.

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So I fired up Q2 in byno sound, and had at the industry standard Demo2, Massive1 and Crusher demos. In case you haven’t been paying attention to RAM prices lately – yes, you read that right. In real world tasks, though, the FSB bottleneck chokes the system performance down again, and the speed advantage of the tweaked-up machines barely shows above the noise floor. But decent DDR memory’s still easily twice that price.

In p6isa-oi basic specifications, these two boards are similar. This all means p6isa–ii things.