Bij GamePC is een vergelijkings artikel te vinden over de Asus P3C-E & P3C-2000 moederborden, twee i820 modellen waarbij de P3C-E geschikt is voor Rambus geheugen en de P3C-2000 door middel van een 'memory translator hub' compatible is gemaakt voor SDRAM, zij het met een flinke performance hit. Achteraf zijn geen van beide plankjes overigens interessant voor de gemiddelde Tweaker:
It's pretty obvious to see which of the Asus I820 boards we liked, the P3C-E is a shining example of what an I820 was meant to be, whereas the P3C-2000 seems to be a board thrown together at the last moment, which has quite a few problems. Of course, upgrading to the P3C-E isn't an option for most consumers considering the high price of Rambus at this time. So what's a gamer to do? The answer you don't want to hear, wait. As of right now, I820 shows absolutely no reason why gamers should spend their hard earned dough on it, most of the time their current BX platforms will outperform I820's. In a few months, we'll see Rambus prices drop, along with the introduction if the Solano chipset, which will have native SDRAM support (no Memory Translator hubs to drop performance) along with many of the features that make the I820 what it is (integrated Ultra ATA/66, AGP4X, I/O controller hub). Everyone here at the GamePC offices who's seen I820 in action and seen the benchmarks has been disappointed. I820 seems to have been doomed from the start, and was absolutely overhyped by many industry critics, and for most applications the performance benefit really isn't there. So you can either wait for Rambus prices to drop and buy an I820/I840 board, wait for Solano, or wait for VIA's KX-133 Athlon motherboards, but as of right now, I820 is just a no-winner.
Check GamePC voor de rest van de info.