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ASUS P5QL-E Review

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"The ASUS P5QL-E Motherboard takes the Socket LGA775 to the next level with the usage of the Intel P43 Chipset, allowing" you to use the newest of processors out on the market, such as the dual and quad core 45nm chips. The ASUS P5QL-E is an ATX sized board and with the power of the P43 chipset, you will be able to build a nice gaming computer, workstation, or just a nice little overclocking rig. The board is not quite as wide as some of the other ATX boards on the market, only requiring 6 screws to hold it down. Let's take a look at some of the important components on this board.  




















"When you take a look at the rear I/O panel for the P5QL-E you are able to see that there are quite a few very common connectors as well as a few different/uncommon ones that ASUS has decided to put on there. ASUS knows that there are still quite a few people using the PS/2 keyboard and mouse setup, so that is why they decided to leave both of those ports on the motherboard. ASUS has put an Ethernet port on the rear I/O panel for those who still use a wired network. There are also six USB 2.0 ports that will allow you to plug in just about everything that you will need, as well as one IEEE 1394a port. There is an E-SATA port, an optical S/PDIF out port and quite a few speaker ports allowing you to connect up to an 8-channel configuration."



"Taking a look at the expansion slots on the motherboard you are able to see that you will be able to install quite a few different expansion cards if you so choose. There is one PCI-E x16 2.0 slot which will allow you to use one of the newer video cards that will give you a great deal of performance. There are also two PCI-E x1 and three regular PCI slots, allowing you to install an older sound card you have been using or a RAID controller card. Speaking of expansion slots on the motherboard, there are four 240-pin DDR2 DIMM Sockets allowing you to install a maximum of 16GB of RAM." 



Along the bottom edge of the board under the PCI slots you are going to find the different I/O connectors that are located on the board. There is a large black floppy drive connector for your setup if you are still using a floppy drive. Next to this is where you will find the connectors for the front panel 1394 port followed by three USB 2.0 connectors colored in blue. The front panel LEDs for the HDD and power indication, power and reset switches and speaker are all going to be plugged in to the white front panel port via the Q-Connector. The six red connectors above are the SATA ports allowing you to install the high data transfer devices such as your HDD or optical drive. Along the other side there is a darker red connector where you will plug in your IDE cable for your HDD or optical drive.



The 24-pin power connector to power the motherboard and other components that are installed on it has been moved from its usual place on the motherboard to a very unusual place - right behind the rear I/O panel. Around the power connector you are able to see some of the Japanese-made Solid Capacitors.


The final part of the motherboard that I wanted to take a nice close look at is the stock cooling solution for the chipset. The larger heatsink on the left covers the Intel P43 chip while the smaller one on the right covers the Intel ICH10R.


Let's get this motherboard turned on and take a look at the BIOS and see what portions of the computer we can control!  


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