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We have no surprising results in the professional OpenGL 3D-modeling suite aka CINEMA 4D. The new i848P chipset is definitely better than its single-channel predecessor.

Conclusion

Our testing has proved that the new single-channel i848P chipset is a good and inexpensive alternative to the i865/i875 chipset families as a platform for new Pentium 4 processors that supports 800MHz FSB and Hyper-Threading technology. Mainboards featuring the i848P are selling at a lower price than mainboards on dual-channel chipsets, but their performance level is quite comparable. The reviewed representative of the budget mainboard class, ASUS P4P800S, costs below $100, has every necessary function, supports upcoming Prescott processors, offers excellent CPU overclocking options and, to cap this all, is simple and reliable. It should also be mentioned that an inexpensive upgrade may bring you wireless networking support (802.11b), since this mainboard features ASUS’ exclusive WiFi slot. Overall, the ASUS P4P800S appears a very good solution from the price/performance point of view.

Highs:

  • Low price;
  • Up-to-date functionality, including support of upcoming Prescott processors, Serial ATA and USB 2.0 interfaces;
  • Rich CPU overclocking opportunities;
  • High stability;
  • ASUS WiFi slot for inexpensive wireless network cards from ASUS compliant with the 802.11b standard;
  • HyperPath technology support.

Lows:

  • Minor flaws in the PCB design;
  • Lower performance than that of mainboards on dual-channel chipsets.
 
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