By Dmitry Mayorov and Alexander Krylach. And most desktop computer tasks don’t actually hit main system RAM very hard; it’s surprising how big a memory speed difference you need to get a noticeable system performance increase for ordinary office applications and games. On the whole, the rear panel looks unusual: But what is it going to change? The company spent a lot of time to eliminate all possible bugs.

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If you’re buying now, though, buy AMD. On the whole the board looks great, but I wonder who it is meant for? This board is not an overclocker’s dream but it will be a good purchase for home and office computers. Bait wholesale price is barely more than half that of the 1. The stable core power supply is maintained by 11 capacitors – 8 of uF and 3 of uF. One other thing these two boards have in common with every other board using this chipset, and every other P4 board to date as well, is that they only support those AGP graphics cards that use 1.

But it’s practically holy writ that the P4 needs RAM speed more than previous processors, and certainly more than the Athlon. Bd7 giving the thing PC ought to do serious damage to its performance. CPUs and sockets The BW7 works with the larger “Socket ” version of the P4; this is the form factor that the processor’s used since it was released.


Abit BW7 and Asus P4B Pentium 4 motherboards

Fortunately, nobody seems to be making cards like that any more. Some computer cases – ahit and nasty ones, usually – have cards-popping-out-of-slots problems, especially when the PC’s moved around or someone uses them as a Butt To Ground Adapter. Fitting pins onto the bottom of a CPU package with abiy area of less than 1. Sure, it is possible to get a higher performance at the same or smaller sum of money, but not everybody understands it.


The trouble with coupling the P4 with PC memory is that the P4 likes lots of memory bandwidth. At least as far as the attachment mechanism goes, the Igloo is clearly superior to the Intel product.

But i is stuck with SDR at the moment. Abit and Asus What they cost: The thing’s just bad value. Three of ’em as standard on the rear abig connector block, along with a novel rotated audio connector block. I don’t know if this matters at all – it’s probably trivial batch-number stuff.

It’s looser than the Intel solution and thus easier to attach and remove, because its steel locking mechanism has more clamping range than the all-plastic Intel arrangement. This is not as superfluous a feature as you might think.


The gist of the situation, though, is as follows. And even cheaper, even slower P4s for the “low cost” market segment.

Retention doohickeys mount through holes on either side of the socket, and the CPU cooler’s held on with a couple of complicated-looking but actually quite easy to use metal clips. The hardware aficionados in the audience will now be saying “Ah, yes.


The most of users do not stuff their heads with abig technical details. Those were downsides, but there are also some advantages: The quality of the board is quite good. The AGP voltage issue isn’t a big one, and it’s not unique to the i either. Write a comment below. Video 3Digests Video cards: Both of these boards have built in sound; that used to be a bad thing, but it’s quite common these days even on serious overclockers’ motherboards.

It’s a big chunky sucker, of similar dimensions to Intel’s Socket coolers, but it’s held in place with abiy pair of cam-lock gizmoes on the fan assembly, not separate clips. By Dmitry Mayorov and Alexander Krylach.