ASUS P3C 2000 Camino Board - Page 7


ASUS has definitely tried all possibilities to take a Camino configured with SDRAM, to its highest plane attainable, via its various Soft BIOS options, VIO jumpers, etc.  In that regard, they should be applauded for their ingenuity and perseverance. The P3C-2000 will most certainly bring out the most from a Coppermine CPU with its extensive overclocking options.

However, whilst I’d love to warrant it, the intrinsic problems of the Memory Translation Hub inherent in the I820 + lower attainable overclocked DDR settings, are starkly manifested in its degraded performance. Also, the peculiarities of its DIMM configurations are questionable, and will probably confuse & diminish users’ confidence over anything else.

Ultimately, there are better alternatives in the market today which are less blemished than Camino’s limitations (perhaps, the VIA Apollo Pro 133A or BX) with similar overclocking capabilities. And if you’re considering this board over a BX to capitalize on AGP 4x for your games, you’ll be dispirited to note that the performance jump is purely incremental and even less, if you factor in the lower attainable overclocked settings for a DDR GeForce. Of course, running a BX board with GeForce DDR will typically limit your CPU overclocking to <133MHz FSB, without the presence of a 1/2 AGP bus-divider.  However, if CPU overclocking is still imperative, perhaps the VIA Apollo Pro 133A boards would still be a better choice (with a much reduced memory performance loss).

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