ASUS P5Q Premium Reviewajmatson - September 21, 2008
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With a wealth of features and the performance to match, this board is definitely a high end specimen. Sure, it might not be as fast as the X48 board in some of the benchmarks, but how noticeable is it really, unless your whole system is designed for numbers on your benchmarks and that is it. Among the other P45 boards, the numbers were pretty even for the most part with the P5Q Premium even taking the lead at some points. Overclocking this board was very easy to do thanks to all of the tools and options that ASUS has made available to get the most out of your hardware. I was able to get over a gigahertz overclock with only a voltage increase and some memory tweaking. The overclocked scores I think speak for themselves with the added performance that I was able to get by pushing the system. The energy saving feature worked quite well, dropping my system down by about thirty watts under full load. Take that and compare it with your electricity bill and cha ching, the board can almost pay for itself with the savings on your utilities. In addition to the standard features, the added ones are killer. I mean come on, ten USB 2.0 ports and ten SATA ports along with Express Gate and the TPM added, you definitely get your money's worth with the ASUS P5Q Premium.
I do not have anything negative to say about the ASUS P5Q Premium motherboard. It performed solidly at stock speeds and shined when it was overclocked. It comes with an abundant number of features, paired with a lot of accessories to help you get the most out of your computing experience. I absolutely love the Express Gate SSD feature, allowing me to check my email without having to wait for the computer to fully boot up is a dream, along with knowing that my data is safe with the Trusted Platform Module. Whether you are looking to upgrade to newer technology or are building a new computer from the ground up, I would highly recommend you putting the ASUS P5Q Premium on your P45 list.
- Overclocking potential
- Express Gate SSD
- Trusted Platform Module included
- Power Efficient EPU 6-Engine
- Overall performance