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

vbimport

#1

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
Q-Fan2
Post Reporter
Multi-language BIOS
MyLogo2
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 PC Probe
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: http://www.pcper.com/article.php?aid=59&type=expert


#2

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


#3

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.
//Danne


#4

http://www.8anet.com/merchant.ihtml?pid=2045&step=4

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.


#5

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


#6

So far DDR-II has shown about zero performance enhancement compared to DDR afaik.
http://www.anandtech.com/memory/showdoc.aspx?i=2112&p=16
http://www.anandtech.com/memory/showdoc.aspx?i=1998&p=6
//Danne


#7

I have seen similar results as well DiiZzY.

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


#8

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.


#9

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

http://www.memorylabs.net/sux64.html

X6DA8-G2 NEW
Ext. ATX 16 GB (DDRII) Dual U320
2x SATA, ZCR
• X6DAE-G2 NEW
Ext. ATX 16 GB (DDRII) 2x SATA
• X6DA8-G NEW
Ext. ATX 32 GB Dual U320
2x SATA, ZCR
• X6DAE-G NEW
Ext. ATX 32 GB 2x SATA
• X6DAL-TG NEW
ATX 24 GB 6x SATA
• X6DAL-G NEW
ATX 24 GB 2x SATA
• X6DAR-8G NEW
Ext. ATX 32 GB Dual U320
2x SATA, ZCR

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.


#10

This case looks good for such motherboards.


#11

Lian-Li G5 clone. Looks nasty.


#12


http://www.atruereview.com/cm_stacker/computer_case.php :slight_smile:
//Danne


#13

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.