Sharp-eyed TR reader Perezoso sends along the Asus press release in which Asus claims to have enabled Intel's Performance Acceleration Technology, formerly exclusive to the 875P chipset, on its 865PE-based motherboard. Here's a big, tasty snippet:
Taipei, Taiwan; May 28, 2003 ASUSTeK Computer Inc. (ASUS), the worldwide leader of motherboards, today announced its P4P800 series motherboards, based on Intel™s latest 865PE chipset, are able to active Intel's Performance Acceleration Technology (PAT) for robust computing. Currently, ASUS' 865PE motherboards are the only solutions in the market that provide this advanced feature.Simple as that. Since 875P north bridge chips are simply cherry-picked 865PE north bridges, I expected this might happen, as I mentioned in my 875P chipset review:
PAT is a trigger for extreme performance, boosting system performance by 3-5%. Combined with the 865PE chipset enabling an 800MHz system bus, it is designed for extreme performance. According to Intel, PAT is an exclusive technology for the 875P chipset, but with ASUS' strong engineering capability, the P4P800 series comes equipped with this feature as well.
To activate PAT, simply go into BIOS setup utility. Here are the simple steps:
1) Enter BIOS setup utility
2) Select "Advanced" menu
3) Select "Chipset" configuration
4) Enabled Memory Acceleration Mode
5) Your system is now PAT ready
I'm wondering whether most Springdale boards won't have an option in the BIOS that provides the functional equivalent of PAT. Some might not be stable with it enabled, but many may—especially with proper cooling.So this development is no great shocker. The questions are: how stable are these Asus boards with PAT turned up, and what percentage of them can manage this stability? Only time will tell.
Oh, and by the way, the Asus press release was supposed to be here, but as I write, the page seems to have vanished. Does the Asus web server perhaps have Intel Inside?
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