Asus P5Q Pro ReviewRA1D -
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Intel's P45 Express chipset has taken the market by storm this year. It makes high end performance features available to mainstream consumers by providing support for the latest 45nm processors, up to 16GB of DDR2, Intel's Extreme Memory Profiles (XMP) and dual PCI Express 2.0 slots. Along with all these features, the chipset delivers Intel's Fast Memory Access, which optimizes available bandwidth while reducing latency. Also, Matrix Storage Technology affords faster access to data while providing greater protection against hard drive failure when using RAID and adds eSATA capability.
As one of the best bang for your buck platforms currently available, motherboard manufacturers have flooded the market with dozens of P45 models to choose from. Consumers are left with only one dilemma; which one should I get? Asus provides several P45 mobos ranging from mainstream to enthusiast models. Today, I'll be reviewing the wonderfully affordable and increasingly popular P5Q Pro motherboard. If you are shopping around for competitively priced board with performance that exceeds its asking price, you'll definitely want to keep reading this review to find out what this baby has to offer.
The P5Q Pro comes in attractive packaging that highlights all of its features. The face of the box flaunts the board's notable features such as Drive Xpert, Express Gate, the use of solid capacitors and 8-phase power design. On the backside, you will find more details about the product just in case you wanted a quick reference of what the P5Q Pro had to offer.
Asus provides a small bundle to get you going. Compared to other boards at this price point, Asus provides more extras than you would expect. Along with common internal cables that accompanies almost every motherboard, there is an eSATA/1394 module, three piece Q-Connector kit, and an SATA power cable for two devices. I like the fact that Asus also includes the Q-Shield instead of the customary I/O plate. I'll cover the support CD's contents later in the review.