We have specially selected several 865PE boards with PAT feature added into their BIOS that has put their performance nearly on par with the 875P and these boards are no doubt the best performing 865PE boards around.
When Intel launched the highest performing desktop chipset, the 875P Canterwood in April, many hardware enthusiasts were getting very excited over it and no one is really paying any special attention to the 865 Springdale chipsets that will come one month after. Indeed, 875P Canterwood chipset proves more superior on specs than 865 especially the support for Performance Acceleration Technology (PAT) that will boost a 5-7% performance improvement over 865. There are so many good marketing specs thrown into 875P that make the hardware enthusiasts to go after it and even prepare to pay a premium for it.
However, if you look at the situation now, most consumers and even die hard hardware enthusiasts who pursue only the best performance are demanding 865 chipsets. The unexpected twist came after first tier motherboard maker ASUS launched their 865PE board, the P4P800 which perform much better than its competitors’ 865PE boards and even Intel 865PERL desktop board. ASUS hasn’t made any official announcement during that time on how they managed to boost the performance of their 865PE board and that left the market baffled. Perhaps ASUS is waiting for a clearer light from Intel and the right time before making the official announcement. Earlier this month, ASUS has made an official announcement on how they managed to include PAT-like feature into their P4P800 board and now the rest of the motherboard makers are scrambling to follow suit. Of course, Intel won’t be too happy about it since sales of 875P chipsets will be affected as consumers going for pure performance will opt for 865PE. Definitely, 875P chipset still has its attractions such as ECC support and guaranteed stability for PAT. Also 875P motherboards are usually equipped with many cool features and one such nice feature is the Intel GbE with CSA support which is usually absent from the 865PE boards.
There is a constant pressure from Intel to advise motherboard manufacturers not to offer PAT into their 865PE boards but on the other hand, there is a considerable amount of pressure from consumers demanding PAT in their 865PE boards. There is a great dilemma faced by the motherboard manufacturers here whether to include the PAT feature or not. However to keep the sales going, it is advisable add in PAT into their 865PE boards to keep the consumers happy. We have specially selected several 865PE boards among many 865PE boards in the market with PAT feature added into their BIOS that has put their performance nearly on par with the 875P counterpart. No doubt the boards that we are going to look at today are the best performing 865PE boards around and these are the boards that consumers should be considering seriously. In this article, we will go in details their board features, BIOS features, price, performance and most importantly their overclockability.