Asus P4G8X Motherboard

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The Asus P4G8X Deluxe Motherboard
Intel E7205 - Granite Bay Infused Horsepower

By, Dave Altavilla
December 18, 2002

Performance Comparisons with Unreal Tournament 2003
High End Direct X Gaming Performance

Unreal Tournament completely taxes systems resources of all types, memory, CPU and graphics.  However, to limit the influence of the graphics subsystem on this test, we configured our testing runs at a low 640X480 resolution.

         640X480 Resolution


   640X480 Resolution

In both the Bot Match and Fly By runs, the P4G8X and MSI board pulled ahead of the i850E PC1066 system by about 3%.  Perhaps this isn't a huge increase in performance but it did scale in both types of testing here and was consistent and repeatable. There was no real advantage between either the Asus P4G8X or the MSI GNB Max board in this test, since the slight differences in scores were well within the margin of error for this type of benchmark.  In the end, the Granite Bay infused P4G8X shows its prowess versus legacy chipset solutions.


Final Analysis:

The P4G8X is more of the same great "home-grown" design expertise from the gang at Asus.  The board has just about every feature you could want in a high end motherboard, including integrated LAN, SATA RAID support, 6 channel audio and Firewire.  However, there are some small shortcomings in our opinion, like the Silicon Image chipset for the SATA controller.  We would have preferred a Promise 20376 chip on there, with its single parallel channel in addition to the Dual SATA channels, as well as their more user friendly RAID BIOS.  In addition, we've grown to favor on board sound solutions from C-Media, versus simple CODECs like those found on this board from Realtek.  However, these are small subtle differences, which don't really weigh heavily in our final assessment of this board.

All told, the Asus P4G8X is just about all that a Granite Bay chipset based motherboard can be, at this stage of the game.  The performance that we've seen from this chipset, with Dual Channel DDR and AGP8X support, is more than encouraging for the future of DDR technology with the P4.  We have high hopes for the upcoming Springdale chipset however.  With rumors of 800MHz FSB support for future Pentium 4 CPUs, integrated SATA with the Intel Southbridge, and 8 channels of USB 2.0, this looks to be the chipset with which to build enthusiast boards. 

Relative to the Asus board we looked at for you here today, we are wondering just how pervasive Granite Bay will be in our market segment.  Right now there are only a few retailers on line listing the P4G8X for a lofty $229 - $259 price tag.  This new Asus motherboard is one of the best solutions we've seen yet, in terms of raw performance, for the P4.  Now we'll just have to wait and see what the market does with it.  Or do we wait for Springdale, when the flowers bloom?

  • BIOS OC'ing features while many Granite Bay boards don't
  • AGP 8x Support
  • Gigabit LAN
  • 6-channel on-board audio
  • Faster than even i850E with PC1066
  • Firewire, USB 2.0 and SATA RAID
  • No Memory Timing Multipliers
  • Lack of official DDR333 support
  • Pricey

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