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ASUS P4G8X Deluxe

Part number: 90-M8L841-EOUAY

Software | Downloads | Installation | Bios Setup

[Box]

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Introduction
The P4G8X Deluxe, leveraging Intel®'s latest E7205 chipset, supports Intel®'s Hyper-Threading Technology and processing power of 3.06GHz and beyond to bridge you to a new dimension of computing experience. With dual-channel DDR up to 4GB, the P4G8X Deluxe provides the bandwidth for the most memory-intensive applications. The ASUS motherboard, of course, also throws in industry-leading technologies such as AGP 8X, Serial ATA and Broadcom Gigabit LAN for revolutionary performance.

3GHz+ CPU and Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology support
Leveraging the Intel® E7205 chipset to support 3GHz+ P4 CPUs on 533MHz FSB, DDR memory, Intel Hyper-Threading Technology and a full-range of advanced features, the P4G8X Deluxe delivers a full-value, high-performance solution for today's most demanding tasks.

Gigabit LAN (optional)
The P4G8X Deluxe with BroadCom Gigabit LAN, delivers transfer speeds up to ten times faster than conventional 10/100 Ethernet connections. Gigabit LAN is the networking standard for the future and is ideal for handling large amounts of data such as video, audio, and voice.

Dual-Channel DDR
Dual-channel DDR technology doubles the bandwidth of your system memory and hence boost the system performance to out perform any memory existing solutions in the market. The P4G8X Deluxe allows you to handle memory-intensive tasks with ease.

IEEE 1394 interface (optional)
IEEE 1394 interface provides high speed digital interface for audio / video appliances such as digital television, digital video camcorders, storage peripherals & other PC portable devices.

C.P.R. (CPU Parameter Recall)
When the system hangs due to overclocking failure, there is no need to open the case to clear CMOS data. Simply restart the system and the BIOS will automatically restore the CPU default setting for each parameter.

Serial ATA technology (optional)
Serial ATA is the next generation ATA specification that provides scalable performance for today and tomorrow. With up to 150MB/s data transfer rate, Serial ATA is faster than current Parallel ATA, while providing 100% software compatibility.

AGP 8X Technology
AGP8X (AGP 3.0) is the next generation VGA interface specification that enables enhanced graphics performance with high bandwidth speeds up to 2.12GB/s. With a bus of 533MHz, AGP8X is twice as fast as AGP4X.

Multi-language BIOS
ASUS provides friendly localized BIOS setup menu to help you configure your system as easy as possible.
** For multi-language BIOS, please visit the ASUS website for supported languages information.

Q-Fan Technology
ASUS Q-Fan technology intelligently adjusts fan speeds according to system loading to ensure quiet, cool and efficient operation.

ASUS® EZ Flash
With ASUS EZ Flash, you can update BIOS before entering operating system. No more DOS-based flash utility and bootable diskette required.

ASUS POST Reporter
During the computer POST (Power On Self-Test), ASUS POST Reporter provides friendly voice warnings through internal or external speaker, clearly explaining system errors for quick and easy optimization. The bundled Winbond Voice Editor software allows uses to add customized system voice warnings and multi-language support.

Extreme Overclocking
ASUS P4G8X Deluxe offers robust overclocking options to maximize your system performance.

 Flexible CPU Core Voltage Adjustments in 0.025V increments over defaults

 SFS (Stepless Frequency Selection) from 100Mhz up to 200MHz at 1MHz increments

 Fixed AGP/PCI frequencies

 ASUS proprietary C.P.R. (CPU Parameter Recall)

AGP Warning LED
ASUS has designed into this motherboard an AGP Warning LED. The AGP Warning LED automatically stops you from turning on your system with incompatible voltage AGP (3.3V) cards, and protects from permanently damaging your motherboard.

ASUS EZ Plug™
The ASUS EZ Plug power connector lets you use your existing power supply and eliminates the need to buy a special ATX 12V power supply to support your Pentium 4 CPU.

AGP Warning LED
ASUS has designed into this motherboard an AGP Warning LED. The AGP Warning LED automatically stops you from turning on your system with incompatible voltage AGP (3.3V) cards, and protects from permanently damaging your motherboard.

ASUS Reliability
All ASUS motherboards are designed and tested to meet the highest quality standards. Responsive customer support and frequent BIOS and driver updates ensure that you're getting the fastest, most reliable performance - all the time. All ASUS motherboards are also backed by a 3-year limited warranty.

Comprehensive Software Bundle
All ASUS motherboards include a valuable software bundle of popular third party programs that enable you to enjoy the full capabilities of your ASUS product:

 Trend® Micro PC-cillin 2002 anti-virus program

 InterVideo® WinCinema bundled (Gold version only)

 ASUS® PC Probe for system monitoring

CPU
Socket 478 for Intel® Pentium® 4 / Celeron up to 3.06GHz+
On-die 512KB/256KB L2 Cache with full speed
Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology ready
New power design supports up to 3.06GHz CPU speeds and above

Chipset
Intel® E7205 Memory Controller Hub
Intel® 82801DB ICH4

Front Side Bus
533 / 400 MHz

Memory
Dual channel memory architecture
4 x 184-pin DIMM Sockets support max. 4GB PC2100/PC1600 ECC/non-ECC DDR SDRAM memory

Expansion Slots
1 x AGP Pro/8X (1.5V only)
5 x PCI (one ASUS BlueMagic PCI Slot)

IDE
2 x UltraDMA 100 / 66 / 33

Serial ATA (optional)
Silicon Image 3112A controller supports two Serial ATA ports

RAID (optional)
RAID 0 or RAID 1 support by two Serial ATA connectors

Audio (optional)
Realtek ALC650 6-channel CODEC

LAN (optional)
BROADCOM® 1000 Mbps Ethernet Controller

1394 (optional)
TI® TSB43AB22 controller
2 x 1394 port

Special Features
Power Loss Restart
ASUS® JumperFree
CrashFree BIOS
ASUS® MyLogo2
Support S/PDIF in/out interface
ASUS® Post Reporter
ASUS® EZ Plug
ASUS® Q-Fan technology
ASUS® EZ Flash
Multi-language BIOS
AGP warning LED

Overclocking Features
CPU and AGP voltage adjustable
ASUS JumperFree
C.P.R. (CPU Parameter Recall)
SFS (Stepless Frequency Selection) from 100MHz up to 400MHz at 1MHz increments
Fixed AGP/PCI frequencies

Back Panel I/O Ports

1 x Parallel
2 x Serial
1 x PS/2 Keyboard
1 x PS/2 Mouse
1 x Audio I/O
4 x USB 2.0 / 1.1
1 x RJ45 port

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Internal I/O Connectors
1 x USB 2.0 connector support additional 2 USB 2.0 ports
CPU / Power / Chassis FAN connectors
20 pin ATX Power connector
4 pin ATX 12V Power connector
IDE LED connector, power LED connector
Chassis Intrusion
S/PDIF in/out connector
CD / AUX / Modem audio in
Front Audio Panel connector
GAME/MIDI connector
2 x IEEE1394 port

BIOS
4Mb Flash ROM, Award® BIOS, TCAV, PnP, DMI2.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.3, Multi-language BIOS, ASUS EZ Flash, ASUS MyLogo2, CrashFree BIOS, C.P.R

Industrial Standard
PCI 2.2, USB 2.0

Manageability
WfM 2.0, DMI 2.0, WOL by PME, WOR by PME, Chassis Intrusion, SM Bus

Support CD
Drivers
ASUS PC Probe
Trend Micro&153 PC-cillin 2002 anti-virus software
ASUS LiveUpdate Utility

Accessories

User's manual
UltraDMA cable
IDE cable
FDD cable
2-port USB 2.0 / Game port module
S/PDIF in/out module
I/O shield
2 x Serial ATA cable
2 port IEEE1394 module
InterVideo WinCinema


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

Software

  • Drivers (on CD)
    • Audio - ALC650 Avance/Realtek AC'97 Drivers Windows 98SE/ME/2000/XP WDM Driver V5.10.0.3990 and Applications V3.29
    • SATA - Silicon Image Serial ATA driver V1.0.0.22 and Silicon Image Serial ATA Utility V1.0.0.14
    • Chipset - Intel Application Accelerator V2.2.2 Production Version and Chipset Software Installation Utility V4.10.1012
    • LAN - Broadcom NetXtreme Gigabit Ethernet Software for the BCM5702 NetXtreme Gigabit Ethernet Adapter release 5.5.8                         
    • Specialized Mobile Radio - ITE GSM Editor V1.50D
    • USB - USB 2.0 Driver for Windows XP
    • ASUS PC Probe V2.19.00 for Windows 95/98/NT40/ME/2000/XP (on CD) – Monitors CPU, voltages, fan speed
  • ASUS Aflash V2.20 (on CD) – BIOS flash utility
  • ASUS Update V3.41.03 (on CD) – BIOS information, download and update
  • ASUS Hotkey V1.0.2 for Windows 95/98/ME/NT40/2000/XP - execute programs and actions for iPanel buttons or keyboard key combinations.
  • ASUS Screen Saver (on CD)
  • Winbond Voice Editor Vedit – for POST voice feedback WAV files
  • PC-cillin 2002 (on CD) – Anti-virus application
  • Lightsurf 3Deep (on CD) - corrects lighting, shading and color for 2D and 3D games
  • Default Logo Bitmaps (on CD) – 256 colors
  • InterVideo WinCinema (OEM version M295B) – WinDVD software supporting 5.1 channel audio, WinRip MP3 player, encoder, ripper, WinCoder real-time MPEG-1 & 2 software video encoder, WinProducer MPEG 1 & 2 video editing software

Downloads

From ASUS

Installation

Installed board onto main board tray using ten spacers and screws. The back connector bezel that came with the case did not have the right break-outs for the P4G8X Deluxe board – replaced bezel with the one supplied with the main board.

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P4G8X BIOS version 1003 was installed out of the box.

7/12/03: Updated BIOS to version 1006 using ASUS LiveUpdate. CMOS was cleared. Entered settings as per BIOS Setup section.

BIOS Setup

Initially, clear the CMOS RAM using the CLRTC jumper. When flashing to a different BIOS version, it is recommended to clear the CMOS RAM also. Then reenter the desired settings.

Press Delete key during POST to enter the BIOS setup program.

These settings were changed from the factory defaults:

  • Main
    • Set the system time
    • Set the system date
  • Advanced
    • CPU Speed: set to <3066> from <Manual>. See CPU Overclocking section.
    • AGP voltage: set to <1.6V> from <1.5V> (supposed to prevent crashes related to 9700 Pro graphics card. Without this, the board sometimes would not reboot. Have not tried default voltage since 9800 Pro was installed.)
    • USB Legacy Support: set to Enabled from Auto (for USB keyboard/mouse support during power-on)
    • Chip Configuration - see Memory Timings section.
      • Graphics aperture size: set to <64 MB>[1]
      • AGP capability: set to <8X Mode> from <4X Mode>
      • Video memory cache mode: set to <USWC>[2] from <UC>
    • I/O Device Configuration
      • Onboard AC97 Audio Controller: set to <Disabled> from <Auto>[3]
      • Onboard Game Port: set to <Disabled> from <200H-207H>[3]
      • Onboard Midi I/O: set to <Disabled> from <330H-331H>[3]
    • PCI Configuration
      • PCI Latency Timer: set to <64>[6] from <32>
      • Primary VGA BIOS: set to <AGP VGA Card> from <PCI VGA Card>
      • Onboard ATA Device: set to <Disabled> from <Enabled> (this disables the SATA controller). When the two SATA HDDs were added, set to <Enabled>.
  • Power
    • Power Management: set to <Disabled> from <User-Defined>
    • ACPI Suspend To RAM: set to <Enabled> from <Disabled> (for stand-by, power state[10] S3)
    • PWR Button < 4 seconds: set to <Suspend> from <Soft Off>
    • Power Up Control
      • Power Up On PCI Device: set to <Enabled> (for Wake On LAN and Wake On Modem[11])
    • Hardware Monitor
      • Power Temperature[7]: set to <Ignore>
      • Power Fan Speed: set to <Ignore> (unless fan with speed signal is connected)
      • Case Fan Speed: set to <Ignore> (unless fan with speed signal is connected)
      • CPU Fan Speed: set to <Ignore> (unless fan with speed signal is connected)
      • Q-Fan Control: set to <Enabled> from <Disabled>
      • Fan Speed Ratio: set to 10/15
      • Speed Up/Down Response Time: set to <16sec/32sec> from <64sec/128sec>
  • Boot
    • Make the CD-ROM the second device in boot sequence, disable booting from floppy or network (1-Disabled[8], 2-CD-ROM, 3-Hard disk, 4-Disabled)
    • Plug & Play O/S[9]: set to <No>
    • Boot Virus Detection: set to <Enabled> from <Disabled>
    • Boot Up Floppy Seek: set to <Disabled> from <Enabled>

Notes

[1] With the increase of on-board graphics memory this option has lost its relevance. The original recommendations were to set the AGP aperture to about ½ of the total system memory. A good approximation now would be: Total system memory / (video memory [MB] /2). For this system that value is 32 MB. See LostCircuits. Some applications and games are still using the former calculation and issue a warning if the AGP aperture is low. Therefore this field was set to 64MB.

[2] USWC is an acronym for "Uncacheable, Speculative Write Combining", and means "will make video go faster if your card supports it". Enabling USWC allows several small writes to be buffered up and sent to AGP as one write. Since graphics data tends to have very strong locality, this increases the throughput of the bus and unloads the processor to some extent. But it also increases the latency of the small writes and can cause slowdowns when the writes are more random... as always it's a tradeoff that must be made based on benchmarking your typical workloads. This extra latency that you get when enabling USWC can work for you on a high overclock by allowing the AGP card more time between writes.

[3] Disabled after installation of the Audigy 2 sound card.

[6] In simple terms, PCI latency timer is a setting that instructs the system how long a given PCI device is allowed to hold onto the PCI bus before allowing another device to poll and run its operation. The benefit of a higher PCI Latency setting is that hard drive performance improves noticeably. This is especially true for RAID or PCI ATA controllers; but can also apply to regular IDE hard drives. The downside of a super high PCI Latency setting is that some of your other PCI cards (especially sound cards) might not like it. Also a downside with a super high setting, is that devices have to sit and wait their turn longer to execute operations and some people say they can "feel" this latency (internet surfing that seems to have pause points is one example).  A setting of 64 is actually rather conservative, but it can give your system a little extra pep. Plus 64 is a safe setting for installing Windows. If you want to play with this setting and see if it gives you better HDD or system performance, here is my rule of thumb. Start at 64 and slowly move up in increments of 10 saving and rebooting in between. Keep gong as high as you can until you begin to notice choppy, popping, or missing sound from your sound card. Then back this setting down a notch or two.

[7] New for BIOS version 1006

[8] Set to <Legacy Floppy> when booting from a floppy disk, otherwise set to <Disabled>

[9] As per recommendations for Windows XP

[10] ACPI Power States:

  • S0 – Active, with all power on.
  • S1 – Standby, with display and drives powered off, but power maintained for CPU, memory and fans.
  • S2 – Standby, with CPU and cache power off.
  • S3 – Standby, with only minimal power maintained to RAM for a fast startup. This is useful for desktops because it keeps your PC ready to use, but eliminates noise from fans and disk drives.
  • S4 – Hibernate with all power off and the image of your desktop saved to disk.
  • S5 – Complete power off with all files closed and no image saved to disk.

[11] Wake On Modem, sometimes referred to as Wake On Ring, is a computer feature that lets a computer in a low-power mode (such as sleep, hibernation, or suspend) “wake up” when communications are initiated with its internal modem. The main board and modem used in this PC support Wake On Modem for power states[10] S1 to S4.

Last modified: 01/08/2006

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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