Asus P5Q Pro ReviewRA1D -
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The P5Q Pro aims to bring the P45 chipset to the masses and does a wonderful job. As the last chipset made for Socket 775, this board provides a lot of features usually seen in more expensive models. Native 1600 front side bus, 16GB of DDR2-1200 support, and CrossFire compatibility make this one of the best bang for your buck motherboards currently available. It will be difficult to find another board in the same price range that offers as many overclocking options as the P5Q Pro.
There are no major problems with this product but I found a couple of issues that should be addressed. The internal SATA port placement should be redesigned to avoid possible issues with large videocards installed in the second PCI-E x16 slot. This is actually a common design flaw found in many boards and can be prevented by using right angled SATA ports. Asus does well to implement right angled ports in most of their boards but not this one. To nitpick a bit further, every current motherboard should have an eSATA port located on the rear panel for immediate use.
During this review, the board made a strong case for itself. Asus designed this board for the budget concious consumer looking for the best performance available from a mainstream product. The P5Q Pro beat the ECS P45 board in almost every benchmark and stayed competitive with Gigabyte's X48 board. Couple the P5Q Pro's performance and features with its attractive price and you've got a real winner. If you are in the market for a quality board at a terrific price, the Asus P5Q Pro should be high on your list.
- Support for 16GB of DDR2-1200 and 1600 front side bus
- Excellent BIOS and overclocking options
- Fantastic value
- Lots of utilities included on support CD
- Internal SATA port placement
- Missing onboard eSATA