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ASUS P5QL-E Review

gotdamojo06    -   July 24, 2008
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Conclusion:

What is there to say about the ASUS P5QL-E? Well for starters, this board is a great looking board that looks like it would be able to hold its own against some of the other boards that are currently out on the market, and by thinking that, you would be correct. I would like to mention that when I first opened up the packaging and got my first look at the ASUS P5QL-E, I was dissapointed due to the simple layout of the motherboard. I was not very impressed by where ASUS decided to place the 24 Pin power connector, by the rear I/O panel, making it harder to hide wires. Not only is your wire management option lessened, you also have to lay the power cables between the P43 heatsink and your video card. Speaking of video cards, I love the fact that there is a PCI-E 2.0 slot on the board, allowing you to use the latest and greatest graphics cards. However, it would have been nice to add a second one for multiple GPU setup. The ASUS Express Gate is a great idea and worked out pretty well - I was able to get on the Internet in a very short time after I pressed the power button, and the other software that was included (AI Suite) has always been a nice little way to overclock your computer for those "suicide" runs. I was not very impressed with the BIOS for the simple fact that under the Hardware Management tab, you were not given any other "real-time" voltages other than the Processor and the RAM. I was very impressed by the EPU Six Engine software that was included with the motherboard as well - this piece of software was able help me save more CO2 Emissions that I thought I would be able to, as well as making me aware of how much power a computer actually uses and how easy it is to keep them from using as much as they want to. The P5QL-E was able to perform very well when it was put up against the GA-X48-DQ6, which is always a good thing to see. It did not win big in the benchmarking game, but it held its own. I would suggest this board to anyone who is a mild gamer that is not very big on overclocking, as there is no Crossfire/SLI option for this board, nor was I able to overclock the board very far. The one big positive is that in today's killer pricing environment, it is nice to see a board deliver some performance for around $100 instead of the $350 to $400+ price tag that enthusiast boards are burdened with.

 

 Pros:

  • ASUS Express Gate (5 Sec boot-up to online)
  • Bundled software for overclocking
  • 100% Japanese-made solid capacitors (durability)
  • P43 chipset
  • 45nm CPU capable
  • PCI-E 2.0
  • EPU Six Engine
  • Price

 

Cons:

  • Overclocking limitations
  • Lack of BIOS information
  • Board layout

 

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