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ASUS Pundit-R Intel Pentium 4 / Celeron Intel Socket 478 ATI 9100IGP (RS300) ATI Radeon 9100 Barebone

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  • Intel Pentium 4 / Celeron Intel Socket 478
  • ATI 9100IGP (RS300) IXP200
  • 2 x 184Pin DIMM DDR 400/333
  • ATI Radeon 9100

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CPU Supported

CPU Type
Intel Pentium 4 / Celeron
CPU Socket
Intel Socket 478
800/533 MHz


North Bridge
ATI 9100IGP (RS300)
South Bridge

Memory Supported

Memory slot
2 x 184Pin DIMM
Memory Type Supported
DDR 400/333
Max Memory Supported

Expansion Slots



1 x ATA 100
Serial ATA
1 x SATA 1.5Gb/s


Onboard Video
ATI Radeon 9100
Video Memory


Onboard Audio
Analog Device AD1888


First LAN
10/100 LAN
Max LAN Speed

Extension Bays

3.5" Internal bays
5.25" External bays

Front Panel Ports

Front USB
Front IEEE 1394
2 x IEEE 1394 (6pin/4pin)
Front Audio Ports
2 jacks
Front S/PDIF Out
Card Reader
4 in 1
Other Front Ports

Back Panel Ports

1x D-sub
1x DVI
S-Video + RCA
Rear USB
Rear Audio Ports
3 jacks

Power Supply

Power Supply

Physical SPEC

3.6" x 14.1" x 10.9"
Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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  • Anonymous
  • 12/15/2005 12:22:04 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsDarn Near Perfect

Pros: Perfect size, incredibly quiet, 800MHZ memory bus, SATA built-in.

I use this as a linux development machine and it's faster for database work than a 4-CPU Xeon server with a RAID-5 arrary that I deploy to. I run a P4 with HT on, a Seagate SATA disc and 1GB of ValueRAM.

Cons: There's a problem with linux on this where if you boot with a disc in the DVD drive (a pioneer in this case) linux will kernel panic. Redhat is working on this - in the meantime don't boot with a disc in the drive. This could be an issue if you're using this as a network appliance at a remote site. I would have rather ASUS test with Linux but it is a linux bug so it doesn't affect my rating here.

Other Thoughts: I don't usually write reviews but this box deserves praise.

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/4/2005 1:34:58 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAsus Pundit-R (AB-P 2800) Review (update)

Pros: This is an update to my last review of this item. Do not order the 90 degree cables from Egghead. The Orion Pro are not . . . I repeat not compatible with the Asua Pundit -R. The orientation is backwards. It is 180 degrees off. If you use a rounded IDE cable for the optical drive all your cables with work just fine.

Cons: The supplied cable for the SATA drive is orientated in the wrong direction making the fit less than what is expected.

Other Thoughts: The current BIOS appears to read the Celeron D as a Pentium 4 and sets the default speed of the CPU fan too fast (about 500 RPM). There is an beta BIOS on the Asus website that might fix the problem and make the system real quite but I haven't tried it yet.

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  • Anonymous
  • 11/25/2005 5:26:30 PM
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAsus Pundit-R (AB-P 2800) Review

Comments: I am A+ Certified and have been building white boxes for about 17 years. This is a great little box. Benchmarked with Sandra Lite (2005 SP2) and passed all tests within specifications. Cool, quiet, and well made. You will need to purchase SATA cable with 90 and 180 connector (egghead sells for 3.99). The SATA cable supplied works but barely. I also purchased a round IDE cable for the optical drive (use the short end). If you do not you will not be happy with the loss in airflow. The supplied ATA cable works but poorly (it is too wide and blocks airflow into the power supply). SATA for 1 drive is not in Egghead's specifications but are on Asus website. The manual is easy to follow (if have built any systems). Other than that I really like the box and can say that I after building two I would purchase again.

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  • Anonymous
  • 11/4/2005 10:44:11 AM

5 out of 5 eggsFlawless

Comments: I bought this for my mother. If anyone else has a mom like me, you know the computer has to work flawlessly every second. This solves all the problems. Super quiet, small, 100% stable, and to top it off, quite affordable. I put a Celeron-D in it and it runs fantastic. 1 gig of ram and an 80 gig HD and a Lite-on burner. It also has a wireless card and everything works wonderfully. Excellent buy.

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  • Sean B.
  • 10/26/2005 1:24:44 PM

5 out of 5 eggsSolid system, best barebone out there/

Comments: I purchased one of these months ago to build a system for a friend on a budget, I ordered everything from new egg and it booted up flawlessly on the first try. I havnt had any problems with heat but I am not putting real real high end equipment in it, just fairly medium grade parts (celeron d, 100gb, 1gb ram, IDE dvd rom). I would recommend this for anyone who just needs a system for normal use (this isnt the best gaming system but it works) This is great for offices or homes that are short on space and money. I am buying another (ordered yesterday) and plan to purchase 5-6 more of these in the next couple weeks. This is about as good as it gets with barebone system designs. The color scheme rules and the blue LEDs on front are a great touch.

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  • CHI C.
  • 10/25/2005 7:17:37 PM

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome Barebone!!!

Comments: This is the best bang for the buck. What more can you ask for? Extremely compact case, motherboard with builtin ATI graphics card with DVI-D out, sound card with optical out, PCMCIA slot for laptop peripherals, memory card reader, USB 2.0, and FireWire. I was actually looking for this information but I did not find it before making the purchase. I took the risk anyway and it paid off. This barebone is perfect for Home Theater PC since the DVI-D output supports 1920x1080 resolution, perfect for LCD or Plasma that support 1080p. And also the ATI graphics card supports Fast Write. I am able to play all the WMV-HD 1080p without problems. But you will need to get a fast processor. I have the P4 Prescott 3.2E, also very awesome. The only drawback is the sound card. For some reason, it makes a clipping sound every time you task switch. It is very annoying and may damage your high end speakers in the long run. I am planning to upgrade the video card very soon. I picked up this good tip from an earlier reviewer. You should get the Sony DVD+/1RW dwq28A since it is short in length and will give your power supply more space to breathe. Again I repeat, this is the best bang for the buck if you’re into HTPC but not hardcore games. Newegg is awesome too. =)

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  • Jason S.
  • 10/25/2005 7:10:36 AM

3 out of 5 eggsGood System, but could have been better

Comments: This is a nice little system if you can overlook some of the inherent design problems it has. It's sleek and stylish, and the fan is very quiet when the CPU is not overloaded. If you're using it for a PVR like I am, it looks great in your living room.

I can't believe how many features ASUS packed into this little box. This is the greatest strength and also one of the greatest weaknesses of this machine. There is really no room to work in the box when you're adding a CPU and memory. If you're using hauppauge cards for PVR you need to bend the metal on the side of the case to fit the cards in because ASUS made the clearance between the PCI riser card and the case to short.

The SPDIF out is inside of the panel on the front of the case - another design mistake. For Mythtv on linux, the integrated ATI TV out will give you headaches. This is not ASUS' fault by any means, but if you're thinking about going Linux you may want to buy a Nvidia PCI card. Also be aware that the 2 IDE ports on the motherboard are on the same channel and master and slave. They are not separate IDE channels.

All in all this is a pretty little box with a few design errors but if you're willing to make it work it looks and runs great.

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  • Jeff R.
  • 10/23/2005 1:01:13 PM

4 out of 5 eggs4 for the price, 3 overall

Comments: The good:
o Integrated audio and video are great -- especially enjoy the svideo and spdif out.
o Size - it's not a "book" but it's pretty small. I like the CD door. Smart.

The bad:
o It's designed to stand on edge, and putting it flat is not really an option. The access door won't come open if you do, and the bottom is unfinished (so it looks bad if it's laid flat).
o The SPDIF is on the front! Why would you design an HTPC system (with integrated SPDIF and S-Video), and put the only access to the digital audio on the front of the box? This is compounded by the fact that the door doesn't open unless it's standing up.

The ugly:
o It's NOT particularly quiet. If you're looking for a platform for your HTPC (like i was), only get this if you've got a cabinet or entertainment center that you're going to put it inside of where you can shut the door. It's got an annoying fan noise from the power supply fan. I don't dare disable it either, because it's hot. To give you an idea of the noise level, i've got a 3-fan tower system that's quieter (probably because all three fans are spinning more slowly than the PS fan in the Pundit)

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  • Hugh C.
  • 10/18/2005 6:48:21 AM

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Machine!

Comments: This barebone is a great choice for HCPC applications. It has Toslink audio options on it, which is a great addition to the motherboard. I added a Intel Celeron D 320 Prescott 533MHz FSB Socket 478 Processor, 250 Gig drive, Corsair Memory (1-Gig) and an NEC DVD/RW. All and All great products and blazing FAST shipping!

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  • Anonymous
  • 10/12/2005 9:27:34 AM

4 out of 5 eggsQuite Beast of small PC's

Comments: I've not had much luck with ASUS branded products, but this is one that has been the BEST to come from ASUS. Its ability to be quiet, powerful, and compact lets use this PC for multiple uses. The Copper CPU heatsink and Temperature controlled CPU FAN keep the processor at a decent temperature. The power supply does run Hot along with the hard-drive and CD -Rom sitting next to each other does very little to the performance impact.

The only major downside I have found is that additional PCI card slots do not support the full height of the Card and obviously length of the card. If you’re adding a NIC card or something small, you will have no problem.

- Extremely Quiet
- Small
- Pleanty of connections
- Decent Video

- 2xPCI slots will only accompany medium size cards.
- No air flow around hard drive, so don't get cheap-o hard drive that could crash from heat.

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