ASUS P5Q Premium Reviewajmatson - September 21, 2008
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ASUS has always done well with the type and number of accessories included with its motherboards. The P5Q Premium makes no exception. To start off, there is the manual, quick start guide, and the driver CD. The driver CD is also where the wealth of extra software that is included with the motherboard is stored. For cables you have everything you need and then some. There is one IDE cable, one floppy cable, eight SATA cables, two 4-pin to SATA power adapters supporting up to four drives, and an external bracket that has an eSATA port and a 1394a 4-pin port.
The backplate that ASUS includes with its higher end motherboards is called the Q-Shield. The Q-Shield removes all of those sharp metal tabs and replaces them with a foam backed EMI shield to prevent any electrical interference from affecting the board's components. This not only protects your fingers and hardware from sharp objects, but also reduces the chance that one of the tabs might short out a piece of hardware and there goes your nice, shiny new motherboard.
ASUS also includes a set of Q-Connectors, which makes pluging in the front panel connections easier than ever. Just plug in the front panel leads to the marked spots on the Q-Connectors and plug in the full Q-Connector onto the motherboard front panel header; no more guessing or trying to find the manual to see what header is what. ASUS also includes a small blower type fan to add to cooling the voltage regulators heatsinks for extra cooling or when a passive cooling system is used, such as a water cooling setup where there is no airflow around the CPU. Lastly, ASUS has included a TPM (Trusted Platform Module), which we will get into in the Extras section.