Asus P5Q Deluxe Reviewccokeman - June 18, 2008
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The accessories that Asus includes with the P5Q Deluxe should be all you need to get started. There are enough SATA cables to fill every port on the board, floppy and IDE cables, Q-Shield, Q-Connectors, a fan for the PWM heatsink, a USB/ FireWire expansion slot bracket, and of course the all important case badge, driver disk, and manual. That's everything!
Asus has made an improvement to the mundane I/O shield. The Q-Shield, as it is called now, does not have all of the usual sharp metal tabs found on other I/O shields that need to be bent out of the way when the motherboard is installed. This helps in two ways - no more sliced fingers, and no more dead shorts when a metal tab contacts the inside of a port, ending your initial joy at starting up the system you just built. In addition to the obvious benefit, the Q-Shield also acts to isolate the board from any electromagnetic interference, as well as providing a better path to ground to protect against static electricity discharges.
The Q-Connectors have proved their worth time and again in my book. Attaching the front panel connections for the lights, Power and Reset switches, and USB and FireWire ports could not be easier. How many times have you struggled with the single-wire connections from the front panel for the USB ports? Putting those wires on the header has always been a nightmare, but no longer is that an issue. All the connection work can be done with the connector and wires outside the case. When you're done, just push the Q-Connector onto the motherboard header instead of using the single-wire method. The small blower fan is used when the CPU is passively cooled (or liquid cooled) to remove heat from the PWM heatsinks.
Eight SATA drive cables, one IDE cable and a floppy drive cable are included to connect the optical and hard drives. In fact, there are enough drive cables to populate every drive connection on the P5Q Deluxe. Two Molex-to-SATA power connectors are included as well, just in case the power supply does not have enough to do the job. Four of the SATA cables have a 90 degree connector for use in close quarters, or to make managing the cables easier.
Last, but certainly not least, is the expansion slot USB/ FireWire bracket. This allows the internal headers to be used when the chassis does not already have the capability to use them.
Let's see what the P5Q Deluxe looks like!