VIA VPSD P4PB 400 - Page 3

..:: Layout: Socket Area ::..

As has become the norm with our motherboard reviews, we’ll be taking a detailed trip around the P4PB 400 to take a look at the board layout, and for possible criticisms of the design. We won’t be encountering too many of these along the way, as right from the get go we can see that the P4PB 400 has a well thought out design. Nearly 100 percent of the headers and other items on the board are placed in easily accessible areas, much like what we saw with the P4PA. Let us begin our trip around the P4PB 400 in the usual area, the processor socket.

The processor socket itself is located along the top edge of the board, away from any other major items on the board such as the DIMM slots. If you take a look toward the top right hand corner of where the processor mounting mechanism is, you’ll notice the three-pin CPU fan header. This seems to be a very popular place to position the CPU fan header, and for good reason. This positioning is great; there are no major items around the fan header, so it will be easily accessible in all situations. The only item that is in the vicinity is a tiny 22uF capacitor; however it will not pose a negative effect upon the ability to get at the fan header if at all necessary.

The heavy majority of electrical items on the P4PB 400 are located along the left hand side of the processor socket area. Such items include a large amount of both 1000uF and 2200uF capacitors with varying voltages, along with several other electronic bits and pieces. Here, we can also see that VIA has chosen to opt with a three-phase power solution to keep the juice flowing to that Pentium 4. If you have never understood the whole two-phase, three-phase power talk, I highly recommend checking out this article over at Overclockers Australia. It is a no-nonsense explanation of what three-phase power is, and what it does.