Another mobo with 8 SATA, dual Gigabit, IEEE 1394b

I usually prefer Asus to Gigabyte, the exception being when the prices for nearly identical features differ more than 30-50%.

CPU - LGA775 socket for Intel Pentium 4/Celeron CPU

  • Compatible with Intel 04B and 04A processors
  • Intel Hyper-Threading Technology ready
    Chipset Intel 925X
    Intel ICH6R
    Front Side Bus 800 / 533 MHz
    Memory - Dual channel memory architecture
  • 4 x 240-pin DIMM sockets support max. 4GB DDR2 533/400 non-ECC memory
  • Intel Performance Acceleration Technology (Intel PAT)
    Expansion Slots 1 x PCI Express x16 slot for discrete graphics card
    2 x PCI Express x1
    3 x PCI
    Storage/Raid Intel ICH6R South Bridge:
  • 1 x UltraDMA 100/66/33
  • 4 x Serial ATA with Intel Matrix Storage Technology with RAID 0, 1 support
    Silicon Image 3114R RAID controller:
  • 4 x Serial ATA with JBOD, RAID 0, 1, 10, 5 (RAID 5 software patch available, no WHQL)
    ITE IDE RAID controller:
  • 2 x UltraDMA 133/100/66 with JBOD, RAID 0, 1, 0+1 support
    LAN Dual Gigabit LAN controllers
    2 x Marvell PCIe 88E8053 Gigabit LAN Controller, features AI NET2
    Wireless LAN: WiFi-g 54 Mbps IEEE 802.11g and backwards compatible with 11 Mbps 802.11b
  • Access Point function (under WinXP, 2003)
  • Bundle an external antenna
  • One-touch wizard
  • Wireless bridge, a.k.a. WDS or wireless repeater (under WinXP, 2003)
    Audio - C-Media High Definition Audio 8-channel CODEC
  • Coaxial, Optical S/PDIF out on back I/O port
  • Features Dolby Digital Live technology
    IEEE 1394b/a TI 1394b controller supports
  • 2 x 1394b ports @ 800 Mbps speed
  • 1 x 1394a ports @ 400 Mbps speed
    USB Max. 8 USB2.0 ports
    ASUS AI Proactive Features AI NOS (Non-delay Overclocking System)
    AI NET2 network diagnosis before entering OS
    WiFi-g powered by WiFi@HOME technology
    Stack Cool patented fanless cooling system
    Overclocking Features - AI NOS (Non-delay Overclocking System)
  • AI Overclocking (intelligent CPU frequency tuner)
  • CPU, Memory, and PCIe x16 voltage adjustable
  • SFS (Stepless Frequency Selection) from 100MHz up to 400MHz at 1MHz increment
  • Adjustable FSB/DDR ratio. Fixed PCI/PCIe frequencies.
  • ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)

Other ASUS Special Features CrashFree BIOS 2
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Multi-language BIOS
BIOS 8 Mb Flash ROM,AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI2.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.3
Back Panel I/O Ports 1 x Parallel
1 x WLAN antenna jack (optional)
1 x Optical + 1 x Coaxial S/PDIF Output
1 x PS/2 Keyboard
1 x PS/2 Mouse
1 x RJ45
4 x USB 2.0/1.1
1 x IEEE1394a
8-Channel Audio I/O

Internal I/O Connectors 2 x USB 2.0 connectors supports additional 4 USB 2.0 ports
1 x LAN connector
2 x IEEE1394 connectors
1 x COM connector
1 x GAME/MIDI connector
CPU / 2 x Chassis / Power Fan connectors
Front panel High Definition Audio connector
Chassis Intrusion connector
CD audio-in connector
24-pin ATX Power connector
4-pin ATX 12V Power connector
Support CD Drivers
ASUS LiveUpdate Utility
Anti-virus software (OEM version)
Accessories InterVideo WinDVD Suite (OEM version)
1 x Wireless LAN antenna (optional)
1 x 2-port IEEE1394b / 1-port RJ45 module
10 x Serial ATA cables
1 x SATA Extension module for external devices
4 x 2-port SATA power cable
1 x 2-port USB2.0 / Game module
1 x COM Port module
2 x UltraDMA 133/100/66 cable
1 x IDE cable
1 x FDD cable
1 x I/O Shield
User’s manual

Form Factor ATX Form Factor, 12"x 9.6"(30.5cm x 24.5cm)

The board costs less than half of my 3ware 8-ch. PATA PCI card.

Reviewed here:

me like built in 1394b! comes in real handy when we start seeing external 16x DVD writer drives etc.

Somehow I don’t think that it’ll be a great mainboard mostly due to PCI-wiring (IRQ sharing) and that mainboard probably doesn’t support anything else than software RAID 0, 1 and possibly 0+1.

It looks good.

Micron DDR2 PC2-4300 256MB 32x64 DDR2-533 240 pin DIMM

Price: $ 85.00 / Each

That’s the price of one Samsung 256MB DDR-II module in Seoul.

I’d also like native USB 2.0 and native IEEE 1394b 16x DVD writers. :slight_smile:

So far DDR-II has shown about zero performance enhancement compared to DDR afaik.

I have seen similar results as well DiiZzY.

Seems we will just have to wait for 1066FSB and the new DDR2 chips to arrive.

By then, we’ll be mainly talking about dual-core systems instead. :slight_smile:

It’ll be beautiful to see 8 or 16 logical processors in Task Manager.

Asus 925X with 8 SATA ports and IEEE 1394b price in Seoul is similar to some Supermicro E7525 boards in US.

Ext. ATX 16 GB (DDRII) Dual U320
Ext. ATX 16 GB (DDRII) 2x SATA
Ext. ATX 32 GB Dual U320
Ext. ATX 32 GB 2x SATA
Ext. ATX 32 GB Dual U320

DDR-II non-ECC, unbuffered modules in Seoul cost a lot more than DDR-II Registered ECC modules in US. Xeon 2.8GHz with 800MHz FSB and 1MB L2 cache costs US$240 per processor.

This case looks good for such motherboards.

Lian-Li G5 clone. Looks nasty. :slight_smile:

They ARE Lian-Li. PC-V2000’s one of Lian-Li’s latest alumimum case products for servers available in silver and in black. I’ll probably be able to attach more than 20 3.5-inch Half-Height HDD units inside one PC-V2000 case, rather easily. However, I wish there were four or five 6-drive bays to allow for 24 to 30 drives on the bottom of the case. Also, more 12-cm fans are desirable for so many hard disk drives running at once.