ASUS P5Q Premium Reviewajmatson - September 21, 2008
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Lately we have taken a look at some interesting motherboards based on one of Intel's latest chipsets, the P45/ICH10R combo. The P45 chipset is geared toward mainstream PC users and enthusiasts, giving us top technology for a price. Whether you are looking to upgrade from that older motherboard or just building a new system, you might want to check out what the P45 chipset has to offer you. The P45 chipset allows you to use your system to its fullest with fast speeds and current technology.
ASUS has adopted the P45 chipset for its P5Q line of motherboards. Today we are going to take a look at one of the company's high end models, the P5Q Premium, which uses the P45/ICH10R chipset. The ASUS P5Q Premium not only has the chipset up its sleeve but a whole lot more, such as being able to get you on the Internet in about five seconds from powering on and enhanced security features. All that and the speed you crave. Let's take a better look for ourselves.
The ASUS P5Q Premium comes packaged in a very flashy box, which seems to be common with motherboards of a high end nature. The front of the box highlights some of the most important features of the P5Q Premium, including the EPU energy saving system and the ASUS Express Gate software that will allow you to get online quickly even without an operating system installed on your computer. It also highlights the sixteen phase power system ASUS has opted for on the P5Q board. The back of the box shows off a few more details of the features as well as a picture of the board and the specifications.
Opening up the package, you get a glimpse of the wealth of the accessories that are included with the ASUS P5Q Premium motherboard. I will go into more detail about the accessories next but here is a shot of the contents and the board still wrapped in the anti-static bag.
Now that everything is unboxed, let's take a look at what is included.