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Asus P5Q3 Review

RA1D    -   November 27, 2008
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Specifications:

CPU Support
 
Socket LGA 775
  • Intel Core 2 Extreme / Core 2 Quad / Core 2 Duo / Pentium dual core / Celeron dual core / Celeron Processors
  • Compatible with Intel 05B / 05A / 06 Processors
  • 1600 / 1333 / 1066 / 800 MHz System Bus
 
Chipset
  •  Intel P45 / ICH10R
 
Memory
 
  • Four DDR3 dual channel memory sockets
  • DDR3 1800 / 1600 / 1333 / 1066 MHz nonECC, unbuffered DIMMS
  • Up to 4GB per DIMM with a maximum of 16GB
 

Expansion Slots

 
  • Two PCI Express 2.0  x16 slots (Supports ATI CrossFireX  at x8 speed)
  • Three PCI Express x1 slots
  • Two PCI slots
 
Storage
 
Intel ICH10R Southbridge
  • Six SATA 3Gb/s ports
  • Intel Matrix Storage supporting SATA RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10

JMicron JMB363 SATA/PATA controllers

  • 1 x UltraDMA 133/100/66 for up to 2 PATA devices
  • 1 x External SATA 3Gb/s port (SATA on the go)

JMircron JMB322 (Drive Xpert Technology)

  • 2 x SATA 3 Gb/s ports
  • Supports EZ Backup and SuperSpeed functions
Audio
 

Realtek ALC1200 8-channel High Definition Audio CODEC

  • Supports jack detection, multi-streaming, front panel jack retasking technology
  • Coaxial S/PDIF out ports at back I/O
  • ASUS Noise Filter
 
LAN
 
  • Realtek 8111C PCIe Gb LAN Controller
  • Featuring AI NET2
 

Back Panel I/O Ports

 
  • One PS/2 mouse port
  • One PS/2 keyboard port
  • One S/PDIF Out (Coaxial)
  • One S/PDIF Out (Optical)
  • One IEEE 1394a
  • One RJ45 port
  • One eSATA connector
  • Six USB ports
  • 8-channel Audio I/O

System BIOS

 
  • 8 Mb Flash ROM AMI BIOS
  • PnP, DMI 2.0, WfM 2.0, SM BIOS 2.4, ACPI 3.0a
 

Form Factor

 
  • ATX
  • 12” x 9.6”
 
Warranty
 
  • 3 year warranty
 
Pricing
 
  • $150
 

 

Features:

Power Saving Solution

  • EPU-6 Engine
  • 8-phase Power Design
  • AI Nap

Unique Features

  • Express Gate
  • AI Direct Link

Quiet Thermal Solution

  • Fanless Design: Heat-pipe solution
  • Fan Xpert

EZ DIY

  • Q-Shield
  • Drive Xpert
  • Q-Connector
  • O.C. Profile
  • CrashFree BIOS 3
  • EZ Flash 2
  • MyLogo2

Overclocking Features

  • vCore: Adjustable CPU voltage at 6.25mV increment
  • vDIMM: 64-step DRAM voltage control
  • vChipset (NB): 48-step chipset voltage control
  • vFSB Termination: 15-step reference voltage control
  • vCPU PLL: 64-step CPU PLL voltage control
  • FSB tuning from 200MHz up to 800MHz at 1MHz increment
  • PCI Express frequency tuning from 100MHz up to 180MHz at 1MHz increment
  • Asus CPR (CPU Parameter Recall)

 




  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look: Motherboard
  3. Closer Look: BIOS
  4. Configuration: Drivers
  5. Specifications & Features
  6. Testing: Set Up & Overclock
  7. Testing: Apophysis and WinRAR
  8. Testing: Specview 10 and PCMark Vantage
  9. Testing: Sandra XII Professional
  10. Testing: Sciencemark, Cinebench 10 & HD Tune
  11. Testing: Crysis
  12. Testing: Knights of the Sea
  13. Testing: Bioshock
  14. Testing: Call of Duty 4
  15. Testing: World in Conflict
  16. Testing: Call of Juarez
  17. Testing: Company of Heroes - Opposing Fronts
  18. Testing: 3DMark06
  19. Testing: 3DMark Vantage
  20. Conclusion
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