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Digital-Daily : Motherboard Reviews : abit_lg_95c_vs_asus_p5e_v_hdmi

abit LG-95C vs. ASUS P5E-V HDMI

abit LG-95C vs. ASUS P5E-V HDMI
Author: Aleksandr Mitrofanov
Date: 26.01.2008

ASUS P5E-VM HDMI
Chipset Intel G35
CPU LGA775 Pentium 4 FSB 1333/1066/800/533 MHz
Celeron FSB 800/533 MHz
Dual-Core Pentium4
Core 2 Duo (+ Yorkfield, Wolfdale)
HyperThreading
Memory DDR2 533/667/800/1066
HDD 1x UltraDMA/100
6x SerialATA II(RAID)
Extras 2 IEEE-1394a
Audio Intel HDA
12 USB 2.0
Gigabit Ethernet
Price: ~$180 (Price.ru)

abit LG-95C
Chipset Intel 945GC
CPU LGA775 Pentium 4 FSB 1066(*)/800/533 MHz
Celeron FSB 800/533 MHz
Dual-Core Pentium4
Core 2 Duo
HyperThreading
Memory DDR2 533/667
HDD 1x UltraDMA/100
4x SerialATA II
Extras Intel HDA
8 USB 2.0
10/100 Ethernet
Price: ~$53 - 65 (Price.ru)

Leveraging its dominating position on the market of motherboards, ASUS can afford to release certain models for a narrow circle of users. A model like that is P5E-V HDMI based on the G35 chipset. This product is a full-featured ATX motherboard with two PCI Express x16 slots and a complete pack of ASUS' proprietary technologies. At the same time, it offers the onboard graphic core GMA X3500. Therefore, this motherboard is a heir to ASUS P5GDC-V Deluxe (Intel 915G). Besides this motherboard, ASUS offers the model P5E-VM HDMI which is a cut-down version of P5E-V HDMI and is in more demand on the market. At the same time, one PCI Express x16 expansion slot has been made redundant, with the configuration of slots also changed (one PCI and two PCI-E x1 slots are used instead of three PCI and one PCI-E x1 on P5E-VM HDMI). Therefore, P5E-VM HDMI is made in the Micro-ATX form factor. This is just the board we are reviewing today.

To make the review more interesting, we included abit LG-95C based on Intel 945GC. Recall that this chipset is a modified version of 945G, and almost all the boards on it support Core processors. So, abit LG-95C is a vividly cheap motherboard with basic expansion options albeit with a spice: there are two PCI Express x16 slots on it.

Specifications

ASUS P5E-VM HDMI

abit LG-95C


ASUS P5E-VM HDMI abit LG-95C
CPU - Intel Pentium 4 (Prescott (2M)/Gallatin/CedarMill) with the bus speeds 1066/800/533 MHz
- Dual-core Intel Pentium D / EE (Smithfield/Presler) with the bus speeds 800/1066 MHz
- Intel Celeron with the bus speeds 533/800 MHz
- Support for Intel Core 2 Duo (Kentsfield, Conroe) with the bus speeds 1333/1066/800 MHz
- Support for Intel Core 2 Duo (Yorkfield, Wolfdale) with the bus speeds 1333/1066/800 MHz
- Socket LGA775;
- Support for HyperThreading
- Intel Pentium 4 (Prescott (2M)/Gallatin/CedarMill) with the bus speeds 1066(*)/800/533 MHz
- Intel Celeron with the bus speeds 533/800 MHz
- Support for Intel Core 2 Duo (Conroe, Conroe-1M) with the bus speeds 1066(*)/800 MHz
- Socket LGA775
- Support for HyperThreading
Chipset - North bridge Intel G35 (GMCH)
- South bridge Intel ICH9R
- Interbridge communication: DMI
- North bridge Intel 945GC (GMCH)
- South bridge Intel ICH7
- Interbridge communication: DMI
System memory - Four 240-pin slots for DDR2 SDRAM DIMM
- Maximum memory capacity 8GB
- Supported memory DDR2 533/667/800
- Dual-channel memory access
- Power indicator
- Two 240-pin slots for DDR2 SDRAM DIMM
- Maximum memory capacity 2 GB
- Supported memory DDR2 533/667
- Dual-channel memory access
Graphics - Integrated graphic core Intel GMA X3500
- One PCI Express x16 slot
- Integrated graphic core Intel GMA 950
- Two PCI Express x16 slots
Expansion options - One 32-bit PCI Bus Master slot
- Two PCI Express x1 slots
- Twelve USB 2.0 (6 integrated + 6 additional)
- Two IEEE1394 (Firewire; 1 integrated + 1 additional)
- Integrated High Definition Audio 7.1
- Gigabit Ethernet LAN controller
- Two 32-bit PCI Bus Master slots
- Eight USB 2.0 ports (4 integrated + 4 additional)
- Integrated High Definition Audio 7.1
- Network controller 100 Mbit Ethernet
Overclocking options - FSB adjustable within 200 to 800 MHz
- Adjustable voltage on the CPU, memory, north and south bridges, and the FSB
- ASUS AiBooster
- Adjustable memory frequency
- Adjustable voltage on the memory (*)
Disk subsystem - One link for UltraDMA100/66/33 Bus Master IDE (JMB368; with support for up to two ATAPI devices)
- Support for SerialATA II (4 links - ICH9R; support for RAID 0, 1, 0+1)
- Support for LS-120 / ZIP / ATAPI CD-ROM
- One link for UltraDMA100/66/33 Bus Master IDE (ICH7; with support for up to two ATAPI devices)
- Support for SerialATA II (4 links - ICH7)
BIOS - 8 Mbit Flash ROM
- AMI BIOS with support for Enhanced ACPI, DMI, Green, PnP Features
- ASUS EZ Flash 2
- ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
- ASUS MyLogo 3
- Multi-languages BIOS (*)
- 4 Mbit Flash ROM
- AMI BIOS with support for Enhanced ACPI, DMI, Green, PnP Features
Misc - One serial port, ports for PS/2 mouse and keyboard
- STR (Suspend to RAM)
- SPDIF Out
- Power indicator
- One port for FDD, one serial and one parallel port, ports for PS/2 mouse and keyboard
- STR (Suspend to RAM)
Power management - Wake-up on modem, mouse, keyboard, LAN, timer, and USB
- Main 24-pin ATX power connector
- Additional 4-pin power connector
- Wake-up on modem, mouse, keyboard, LAN, timer, and USB
- Main 24-pin ATX power connector
- Additional 4-pin power connector
Monitoring - Monitoring the temperatures of the CPU, system, voltages, rotational speeds of the three fans
- ASUS Q-Fan 2
- ASUS AI Gear 2, AI Nap
- ASUS PC Probe II
- Monitoring the temperature of the CPU, system, Vcore voltage, rotational speeds of the three fans
- Smart Fan
Dimensions - Micro-ATX form factor, 244x244 mm (9.63" x 9.63") - Micro-ATX form factor, 244x220 mm (9.63" x 8.6")

The asterisk (*) character marks the parameters which offer some special traits which will be described in the review. Please take it for your information.

Retail boxes

Package bundle:
  • motherboard;
  • User's Manual in English + brief usage guide;
  • Software & drivers CD;
  • 1x additional software CD;
  • one ATA-133, one FDD cables;
  • 3x SerialATA cables + two power supply adapters (2 connectors);
  • kit of additional connectors;
  • HDMI=>DVI adapter;
  • a cap for the rear panel of the housing.
  • motherboard;
  • Brief User's Manual in English;
  • Software & drivers CD;
  • one ATA-133, one FDD cables;
  • 2x SerialATA cables;
  • a cap for the rear panel of the housing.

The package bundle of both the boards generally meets the price. In the box with the abit board, the user will find only the most necessary items, as well as a CD with drivers, and a thin brochure with a brief description of the board.

abit LG-95C package bundle

The contents of the box with an ASUS board is a bit more abundant. Besides the rather thick and detailed manual, there is also a brief user's guide. Also, apart from the mandatory disk with ASUS drivers and utilities, the box contains a disk with third-party software (Norton Internet Security 2006, InterVideo WinDVD 8 Trial, DVDCopy5, MediaOne Gallery, Ulead PhotoImpact, CyberLink PowerBackup 2, and Corel Snapfire Plus).

The package bundle includes three SATA cables with power supply adapters, cables, a cap, Q-Conn connectors,

as well as a HDMI => DVI adapters:

Although the package bundle of ASUS board looks richer, we give the abit product the highest rank (5+) since the price for LG-95C is three times as less than P5E-VM HDMI.

Content:

Content:

  • Стр.1 - Specifications, package bundle
  • Стр.2 - Layout and; Expansion options
  • Стр.3 - BIOS, monitoring, overclocking tools
  • Стр.4 - Performance and conclusions




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