came in a cardboard box that is characteristic of hardware
packaging, which went to say that eye-catching colours
and large wordings were abound on the surface. Not that
I want to gripe, but my room is starting to look like
Hardware Erotica with the myriad of similarly decorated
hardware and software boxes abound. Anyhow, here were
the goods which came with the pretty box :
P3B-F with Universal Retention Mechanism.
for master and slave IDE drives.
for 5.25" and 3.5" floppy drives each.
A bag of
spare jumper caps.
CD with drivers and utilities.
The P3B-F motherboard
comes in three flavours. You can either get the variation
with 5 PCI slots and 2 ISA slots or one which houses 6
PCI slots and a shared ISA slot or one which has purely
6 PCI slots. The one with 6 PCI slots and a shared ISA
slot was used for this review. Noticeable physical first
impressions of the board are the four DIMM memory slots,
an onboard LED and a smaller form factor with neater component
layout compared to the BX6-2 but with a rather congested
AGP slot layout. Credit must go to ASUS for having a user's
manual that is well-written and organised. Before I go
on to the installation, it sufficed to say at this stage
that the P3B-F is aesthetically more pleasing than the
ASUS P3B-F. Click to Enlarge