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 ASUS TUA266 - Preamble
 Date  : Oct 22nd, 2001
 Category  : Motherboards
 Manufacturer   : ASUS
 Author  : Jin-Wei Tioh
Socket-370 processors, be they Intel or Cyrix, are all designed with a non-source synchronous data bus. Both the Athlon and the Pentium IV employ source synchronous clock technology; the Athlon with it's 266MHz DDR FSB; the Pentium IV with it's 400MHz FSB. However, a 133MHz FSB is the limit for Socket-370 processors. This effectively means that the provision of a wider memory bus will not significantly boost overall system performance, as we shall see later on.

Nonetheless, numerous manufacturers have came out with Socket-370 DDR solutions, mostly based on the VIA Apollo Pro266 or the SiS 635. Not wanting to be left out of the game, ASUS has introduced their second Tualatin-supporting motherboard, the TUA266. No doubt the Tualatin is destined to obscurity thanks to Intel's aggressive pushing of the Pentium IV, it is still the best Intel clock for clock performer in today's applications. Thus, many Intel fans have been hunting for these elusive CPUs. Without further ado, let's see how the TUA266 fares, and how the ALi Aladdin Pro 5T compares to the Intel i815E/EP chipset.

ASUS TUA266 Specifications
CPU Type Socket-370
Chipset ALi Aladdin Pro 5T (M1651T North Bridge, M1535D+ South Bridge)
Form Factor ATX
FSB Speeds 66 - 166 MHz (1MHz increments)
CPU Core Voltages Auto Detect
1.300 - 3.500 V (0.05 V increments)
I/O Voltages 3.3 V
2.5 / 2.6 V (DDR DIMM)
Memory Banks 3 168-pin DIMM Slots (SDRAM)
2 184-pin DIMM Slots (DDR-RAM)
Expansion Slots 1 AGP Pro Slot
5 PCI Slots (5 Full Length)
0 ISA Slots
1 AMR Slot
Integrated Features On-board Audio (C-Media CMI-8738)
BIOS Type Award Modular BIOS 6.00PG
BIOS Revision 1002

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