ASUS PR: Notebook Processor on Desktop PCs

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ASUS PR: Notebook Processor on Desktop PCs

Post by Apoptosis » Tue Mar 15, 2005 12:04 pm

Very interesting news from ASUS today:
Notebook Processor on Desktop PCs
ASUS CPU Adaptor Brings Quiet and Cool Performance of Notebook Processor to Desktop Computing

Ever wonder why notebooks are quieter and produce less heat compared with desktops? The difference is the CPUs they run on. To maintain stability in the small space of notebooks without effecting performance, notebook processors are designed to operate at lower voltage and lower temperature, enabling the cooling fan to run at slower speeds to reduce noise.

The ASUS CT-479 CPU Upgrade Kit is a newly launched solution that brings the quiet and cool performance of the Intel Pentium® M Socket 479 notebook processor onto ASUS’ Socket 478 desktop motherboards. Unlike other manufacturers that incorporated the Socket 479 directly onto the motherboards, ASUS motherboards combined with the CT-479 offer greater flexibility, allowing users to support both the 478 and 479 processors, including the latest 533MHz FSB Dothan platforms, on one single motherboard.

The CT-479 further provides FSB (front-side-bus) jumpers for CPU support flexibility. Depending on the purchased CPU, users can select bus frequency of 533MHz or 400MHz, while competing solutions support 400MHz only. Enjoying quiet and cool operation no longer means sacrificing computing performance. To build an ultra cool and reliable system to handle CPU resource-hungry applications, the CT-479 bundled a quiet cooling fan made specifically for the Pentium M processor.

The CT-479 and ASUS Socket 478 motherboard together are much more cost effective than competing Socket 479 motherboards and provides superior performance. The ASUS solution offers four DIMM slots, maximum 4GB memory support, dual-channel DDR 400 architecture and AGP 8x graphics standard, while other manufacturers are still incorporating out-of-date features.

ASUS CT-479 + Socket 478 MB Competing Socket 479 MB
FSB 533/400 400
DIMM 4, max. 4GB 2, max 2GB
Memory architecture Dual-channel DDR 400 Single-channel DDR 333
Graphics interface AGP 8x AGP 4x

Currently, the CT-479 supports the ASUS P4P800 SE and P4P800-VM motherboards and the Intel Pentium M processor series. More ASUS motherboards will pass the stringent compatibility test in the near future. Please go on to the ASUS company homepage for the most updated list of qualified motherboards and processors.

Specification summary:
-CPU support: Intel® Pentium® M processors in Micro FCPGA 479 package Technology•
-Front side bus: 533/400 MHz
-Qualified Intel® Pentium® M processors:
Dothan 1.5GHz~2.26+ GHz
Banias 1.3GHz~1.7+ GHz
Celeron M 1.2GHz~1.7+ GHz
*Intel® Pentium® M processor Low Voltage & Ultra Low are NOT supported by this product
-Qualified motherboards: ASUS P4P800 SE and ASUS P4P800-VM
*Visit ASUS website for the most updated list of qualified motherboards and processors
CT-479 Installation Guide
Heatsink & Low-noise Fan
1 x 4-pin CPU power cable
-BIOS Support
P4P800 SE: ...
P4P800-VM: ... VM1016.ZIP

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