ASUS P3B-F - Page 4

Installation of the board was straightforward. I had to stretch and tension the cable in order to reach the power connector with my BX6-2. In the case of the P3B-F, the power connector was within easy reach of the connector cable. Size did matter and in the case of the P3B-F, its smaller form (as compared with the BX6-2) gave me more room for additional stuff such as fans within my Elan Vital T-10A. However, a consequence of compacting 6 PCI slots into a small frame was that a space premium was sacrificed for the AGP slot. The AGP slot was positioned a trifle too close to the DIMM sockets and for people who have additional cooling for video cards, I believe this may be a problem. Overall, the physical installation of the P3B-F was a no-brainer and proved to be easier than the BX6-2.

JumperFree Impressions
The P3B-F improves upon the P2B-F with the addition of a software (pronounced jumperless) option to tweak FSB (Front Side Bus), CPU multiplier and core voltage settings. It goes by the unexciting name of JumperFree, and is ASUS' equivalent to ABIT's Soft Menu II. JumperFree allows 14 different FSB speeds from 66Mhz to 150Mhz as stated in the specifications above and automatically sets the PCI bus speed between 30Mhz to 41Mhz. Additionally, you can adjust the CPU core voltage from 2.0V to 2.4V in increments of 0.05V. For the switch or jumper-happy, FSB speeds and CPU multipliers can also be changed via DIP switches and jumpers on the board. The ability to use JumperFree is set by default and must be disabled through a jumper to utilize the DIP switches and jumpers.

Options in JumperFree Menu

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