Asus P5Q3 ReviewRA1D - November 27, 2008
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Once again, Asus proves that a mainstream motherboard can hang with high end competition. Throughout testing, the P45 Express chipset based P5Q3 performed on par with the Gigabyte X48 and, in some cases, beat it. Intel deserves the credit for designing an excellent chipset but Asus should receive recognition for implementing it into such a fantastic product. An excellent layout coupled with sexy black PCB makes the P5Q3 easy on the eyes. Additionally, I was able to push a quad core to 3.6GHz without breaking a sweat. If tweaking interests you, the BIOS has plenty of options and should keep you busy for quite a while.
I do have a few small complaints. Although there are a ton of memory settings available in the BIOS, it was odd that there wasn't a Command Rate option. The ability to change Command Rate from 2T to 1T improves memory performance and should be available in a mainstream motherboard like this one. A couple more conveniently placed fan headers are needed. Also, vertically oriented SATA ports are becoming more trouble than they're worth. The current trend of larger and longer videocards require the use of right angled SATA ports.
The minor issues did not take away from the overall impression left by this board. With solid performance, overclocking ease, power saving features, and a price tag that many will find very attractive, the Asus P5Q3 is one of the best bang-for-your-buck motherboards on the market.
- Solid performance
- Tweakable BIOS
- Easy Overclocking
- No Command Rate setting
- Vertical SATA ports
- Hard to find fan headers