It looks like a usual PCI, only of another design :. Another slight element of the design is usage of small stickers made of transparent plastic located near the connectors for mounting of a fan on a socket. It must protect the mainboard when installing or demounting a cooling device of the processor. One channel has an internal and external pin LVD connector, and the second features two internal ones - pins and pins.
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First of all Via. Before i even heard about the Solano, the Via A chipset was the only decent chipset around, however its performance was hardly exceptional. It suffered from many AGP problems, and appalling memory speeds.
Enter the Solano and Solano2, now known as the i and iE chipsets. After the huge farce with Rambus, Intel was producing an abundance of Mhz bus Pentium 3s, but nothing for the average user to run them on, apart from Via.
Now the Solano and Solano2 was here Intel could hold their head high again.. These two were connected through the PCI bus. This new architecture is called the Intel Hub architecture. The i chipset is also very highly integrated. These may be accessed through the 2 CNR slots. These are the brand new version of the completely useless AMR slots, which no-one ever used well i think.
These allow for low-cost inclusion of network adapters or modems for example. There are two versions of the CUSL This uses the new EP Chipset. This only difference between this and the standard E, is that this one has no on board graphics, forcing the price down a bit. Simple eh! When it arrived it came in a pretty crappy blue box, which hardly impressed me.
Opening it up though, i was suitably impressed. The board came with huge amounts of things, far more than I ever hoped for. Still got the burn marks on it : Anyhow when I finally got it all running fine, the first thing that comes up is the BIOS screen, asking me to choose which chip I had.
It gave me the option of or Anyhow back to the review.. When windows booted up.. Great i thought. But ? In this day of 1. Thought i should go higher. In fact the CPU could just about boot into windows at Mhz , but sadly it crashed. Picking up an Articooler, and some Artic silver.. I have to say one thing about stability: its been completely top-notch. Only had a few crashes This board is not entirely perfect, but nothing that cant really be fixed. A new BIOS comes out every week or so, adding new features, and increasing performance.
If you install then, then for some bizarre reason the performance seems to go down. In order to fix this all you do is uninstall it , and reinstall it. Pretty simple, but still a bother. Also there is a small bug which I will explain later which makes the memory performance decrease after mhz Bus.
Memory Problems Another major thing I admire about this motherboard is the huge community mainly based at www. After many complains about the decreasing performance, one user found a way to get around it.
This programs allows a user to directly configure registers on the motherboard. When he was looking he found that after Mhz, it enabled a few options in order to stabilize the computers, but slightly decrease the memory performance. By simply chancing these, the memory performance gets back to normal levels. Here are the pictures of Mhz tweaked, and my normal running speed of Mhz, when tweaked. The highest speed where I can run with my RAM.
As you can see, quite a healthy performance increase!
ASUS CUSL2-C - motherboard - ATX - Socket 370 - i815EP Series Specs
Page 70 4 seconds will place the system in sleep mode. Complain wrong Brand wrong Model non readable. Floppy 3 Mode support will allow reading and writing of 1. Video card not found or video card. PC for future reference. Otherwise, the system may hang during startup.
Asus CUSL2-M User Manual