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March 21, 2007, 8:16 pm
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couple of unique features I thought worthwhile. It is ATI
chipset-based, which offers great graphics capability without a PCI
card and an S/PDIF plug for recording directly. Nothing in the
technical specifications or the Internet reviews I have found alerted
me to the possibility that special memory is required.
I think I read somewhere that this board requires memory with a
special type of chip. A memory finder located only Asus P4R800-VM
My primary question is: Is special memory required for this Asus
My secondary question: Is there some reason why these ATI Radeon
9100IGP chipsets never caught on?
Re: Question about Asus P4R800-VM motherboard
Isn't the SPDIF connector for SPDIF_out ? The history on Asus and
SPDIF_in isn't all that good.
The BIOS on P4R800-VM leaves a lot to be desired. Hardly any
tweaks and settings in the BIOS, which means if there is trouble,
there is no way to fix it.
If you read the downloadable manual, you'll also find it has a
rather lightweight memory controller in the Northbridge. Something
about using single sided memory sticks, in order to run at PC3200.
That could be due to mixing integrated video and memory controller
in the same chip - virtually all who have tried it, have some
kind of limitation.
I see reports as well, that it doesn't really like to run stable
in dual channel. One guy in the vip.asus.com forum built multiple
of them up, and noticed that as a problem.
As computers go, the P4P800-VM would be a much better computer,
even if the integrated graphics weren't as powerful as something
ATI or Nvidia would cook up. And there are also more modern
motherboards more suited to standalone multimedia. No need to
dig that far down into the rejects barrel :-) When low end processors
are less than $100, there is no need to be tied to some old
Another reason I don't appreciate the ATI chipsets, is the
deceptive labelling schemes they use. I wonder if anyone
ever made a table of all the Northbridge/Southbridge
combinations they made, because I cannot keep track of
them. Sometimes they relabel stuff, just to take another
crack at selling it. In the same way that an X1300 becomes
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