Asus P5Q3 ReviewRA1D - November 27, 2008
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When speaking of motherboards, Asus is always a name that comes up. They roll out a product line that spans the entire spectrum of price points, from budget to high performance. Whether i'ts Intel or AMD, 790i or X48, DDR2 or DDR3, Asus makes it. Additionally, the reputation they've earned for making high quality motherboards ring loud throughout the enthusiast scene. Few can argue the attention to detail that remains consistent in all their merchandise.
The P45 Express is the last in a long line of successful Intel based chipsets made specifically for Socket 775 motherboards. It provides high end features and makes them available to the mainstream market by giving consumers an affordable platform that supports the latest technology. Asus makes 12 different P45 models and today I'll review the increasingly popular Asus P5Q3 which gives you 45nm CPU support, a 1600 front side bus, up to 16GB of DDR3-1800 compatibility, and CrossFireX support. If you are in the market for an affordable motherboard with lots of features, you will definitely want to check out this review.
Asus packs the P5Q3 in a handsome blue box that proudly displays all of its selling points. The top cover shows displays notable features such as the EPU Six Engine utility, DDR3-1800 support, solid capacitor use, and Express Gate. Flip the package over and you'll find a display of additional features that the P5Q3 provides.
The bundle provided by Asus is small but meets expectations for the price point of this product. Besides the user's guide, you'll receive some data cables and a SATA power cable. Asus also threw in the Q-Connector kit for an easier way to hook up front panel connections.