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ASUS P5Q Premium Review

ajmatson    -   September 21, 2008
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Specifications:

 

CPU:
Intel Socket 775 Processors for Intel® Core™2 Extreme/Core™2 Quad/ Core™2 Duo/Pentium® Dual-core/Celeron® dual-core /Celeron® Processors
Compatible with Intel® 05B/05A/06 processors
Supports Intel® 45nm multi-core CPU
Chipset:
Intel P45 / ICH10R with Intel® Fast Memory Access(FMA) support
Front Side Bus:
1600/1333/1066/800 MHz
Memory:
4 x DIMM, Max. 16 GB, DDR2 1200/1066/800/667 Non-ECC,Un-buffered Memory
Dual Channel memory architecture
Please refer to www.asus.com or user manual for Memory QVL.
When installing total memory of 4GB capacity or more, Windows 32-bit operation system may only recognize less than 3GB. Hence, a total installed memory of less than 3GB is recommended.
CrossFire
Support ATI CrossFireX™ technology, up to Quad CrossFireX
Expansion Slots:
1 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 slot at max. x16 link (blue)
1 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 slot at max. x8 link (white)
2 x PCI Express x16 slot at max. x4 link (black)
1 x PCIe x1
2 x PCI
Storage:
Southbridge
6 xSATA 3 Gb/s ports Intel® Matrix Storage Technology Support RAID 0,1,5,10
Marvell 88SE6121
1 x UltraDMA 133/100/66 for up to 2 PATA devices
Silicon Image Sil5723 (Drive Xpert technology)
4 x SATA 3Gb/s (orange and blue)
Supports EZ Backup and Super Speed functions
LAN:
Quad Gigabit LAN controllers
Marvell 88E8056® Gigabit LAN controller featuring AI NET 2, Teaming, and Redundant
Audio:
ADI® AD2000B 8 -Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
- Support Jack-Detection, Multi-Streaming, and Front Panel Jack-Retasking
- Coaxial/Optical S/PDIF out ports at back I/O
- ASUS Noise-Filtering
USB:
14 USB 2.0 ports (4 ports at mid-board, 10 ports at back panel)
IEEE1394:
LSI 3227 2 x 1394a ports
ASUS Unique Features:
ASUS Exclusive Features:
- ASUS 16-Phase Power Design
- Express Gate SSD
ASUS Power Saving Solutions:
- ASUS EPU-6 Engine
- ASUS AI Nap
ASUS Quiet Thermal Solutions:
- ASUS Fanless Design: Heat-pipe solution
- ASUS Fanless Design: Stack Cool 2
- ASUS Fan Xpert
ASUS Crystal Sound:
- AI Audio 2
- ASUS Noise Filtering
ASUS EZ DIY:
- ASUS Drive Xpert
- ASUS Q-Shield
- ASUS Q-Connector
- ASUS AI Direct Link
- ASUS O.C. Profile
- ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
- ASUS EZ Flash 2
Overclocking Features:
ASUS AI Booster
Precision Tweaker 2:
- vCore: Adjustable CPU voltage at 0.00625V increment
- vDIMM: 64-step DRAM voltage control
- vChipset (NB): 55-step chipset voltage control
- vCPUPLL: 64-step reference voltage control
- vFSB Termination: 40-step voltage control
SFS (Stepless Frequency Selection)
- FSB tuning from 200MHz up to 800MHz at 1MHz increment
- PCI Express frequency tuning from 100MHz up to 180MHz at 1MHz increment
Overclocking Protection:
- ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)
Special Features:
ASUS MyLogo2
ASUS Data Guardian--TPM support
Back Panel I/O Ports:
1 x PS/2 Keyboard/Mouse combo port
1 x Optical + 1 x Coaxial S/PDIF Output
4 x LAN (RJ45) port
10 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
8-channel Audio I/O
Internal I/O Connectors:
2 x USB connectors support additional 4 USB ports
1 x Floppy disk drive connector
1 x IDE connector
1 x COM connector
6 x SATA connectors (red)
4 x Drive Xpert SATA connectors (orange and blue)
1 x CPU Fan connector
3 x Chassis Fan connector
1 x Power Fan connector
2 x IEEE1394a connector
Front panel audio connector
1 x S/PDIF Out Header
Chassis Intrusion connector
CD audio in
24-pin ATX Power connector
8-pin ATX 12V Power connector
Power on Switch
Reset Switch
System Panel (Q-Connector)
BIOS:
16 Mb Flash ROM
DMI 2.0
AMI BIOS
PnP
WfM 2.0
SM BIOS 2.4
Manageability:
WOL by PME, WOR by PME, WOR by Ring, Chasis Intrusion, PXE
Accessories:
1 x UltraDMA 133/100/66 cable
1 x FDD cable
8 x Serial ATA cable
2 x 2-port Serial ATA power cable
1 x eSATA + 1-port 1394 (4-pin) module
1 x TPM module
1 x Q-Shield
1 x User's manual
1 x Optional Fan
1 x 3 in 1 Q-connector (Retail version only)
Support Disc:
Drivers
ASUS PC Probe II
ASUS AI Suite
Anti-virus software (OEM version)
ASUS Update
Image-Editing Suite
Form Factor:
ATX Form Factor
12 inch x 9.6 inch ( 30.5 cm x 24.4 cm )

 

 

Features:

  • LGA775 Intel® Core™2 Processor Ready
    This motherboard supports the latest Intel® Core™2 processors in LGA775 package. It also can support Intel® 45nm Multi-Core CPU. With new Intel® Core™ microarchitecture technology and 1600/1333/1066/800MHz FSB, Intel® Core™2 processor is one of the most powerful and energy efficient CPU in the world.

  • PCIe 2.0
    Double Speed; Double Bandwidth
    This motherboard supports the latest PCIe 2.0 devices for double speed and bandwidth which enhances system performance.

  • Dual-Channel DDR2 1200
    The motherboard supports DDR2 memory that features data transfer rates of 1200/1066/800/667 MHz to meet the higher bandwidth requirements of the latest operation system, 3D graphics, multimedia, and Internet applications. The dual-channel DDR2 architecture doubles the bandwidth of your system memory to boost system performance, eliminating bottlenecks with peak bandwidths of up to 19.2GB/s.

  • Quad VGA Cards Support
    - Maximum graphics capability - Up to Quad VGA cards support
    - 2 slots thermal design

  • ASUS True 16-Phase Power Design (Quad Quad-Phase Power Design)
    Unprecedented Innovation with the best quality component for best performance
    The breakthrough technology of 16-phase VRM design is bringing to the ASUS motherboards. 16-phase power design can reach the power efficiency up to 96%+, and dispel heat generated by VRM module effectively, and lower temperature compared to other VRM solution. With all Japan-made best quality power components such as low RDS (on) MOSFETs, Ferrite core chokes with lower hysteresis loss, and high quality conductive polymer capacitors, ASUS 16-phase VRM design also ensure longer component life, minimum power loss, and help to reach the superior overclocking score ever than before

  • Quad Hardware RAID Ports
    - 2x2 Hardware RAID ports for RAID 0, 1
    - Automatically real-time backup
    - 4x faster hard drive transfers
    - No driver & BIOS setup needed, just use friendly GUI to configure

  • Quad Gigabit LAN
    Teaming function - by grouping four network connections together as one single connection, the bandwidth is four times faster up to 4Gb
    Redundant function - when one link fails, the other three links will continue working to keep network connected
    To be a home gateway and game server at the same time!

  • Quad Security
    (1) Electrostatic Discharge Protection (ESD):
    ESD protection devices divert a potentially damaging charge away from sensitive circuitry
    (2) Overcurrent Protection:
    Installed polyswitch as fuses to prevent excessive or dangerous temperature rise in conductors
    (3) ASUS Data Guardian (TPM)
    Double protection—Hardware module + Software keys
    Create a virtual folder that is protected by an encryption key
    (4) Anti-virus software bundled
    Bundle Norton Internet Security anti-virus application
    *The bundled software is 90 days trial version

  • Quad CrossFire Support
    ATI´s CrossFireX boosts image quality along with rendering speed, eliminating the need to scale down screen resolutions to get the high image quality you want. CrossFire ignites with the higher antialiasing, anisotropic filtering, shading, and texture settings you desire. Adjust your display configurations, experiment with your advanced 3D settings, and check the effect with a real-time 3D-rendered preview within ATI´s Catalyst™ Control Center to rule your CrossFireX system.

  • Quad-Core CPU Support
    Supports Intel® Core™ 2 Quad processors with FSB up to 1600 MHz

  • Quad BIOS Backup
    3 BIOS duplicates + 1 original BIOS
    Allowed BIOS recovery through support DVD, USB flash, or hard disk

  • ASUS Express Gate SSD
    5 Secs Bootup to online
    Taking only 5 seconds to go online from bootup, Express Gate is the one-stop gateway to instant fun! It´s a unique motherboard built-in OS. You can utilize the most popular Instant Messengers (IM) like MSN, Skype, Google talk, QQ, and Yahoo! Messenger to keep in touch with friends, or quickly check on the weather and e-mails just before leaving your house. What´s more, the user-friendly picture manager lets you view your pictures without entering Windows at anytime!
    * The actual boot time is subject to hardware configurations and product models

  • Best Quality Power Components
    100% High-quality Japan-made Conductive Polymer Capacitors!(5000 hrs VRM)
    Low RDS (on) MOSFETs with min. switching loss & lower temperature, Ferrite Core chokes with lower hysteresis loss, and 100% Japan-made high quality, long life conductive

  • ASUS EPU-6 Engine
    System Level Energy Saving
    The new ASUS EPU - the world´s first power saving engine, has been upgraded to a new 6 engine version, which provides total system power savings by detecting current PC loadings and intelligently moderating power in real-time. With auto phase switching for components (which includes the CPU, VGA card, memory, chipset, hard drives and CPU cooler/system fans), the EPU automatically provides the most appropriate power usage via intelligent acceleration and overclocking - helping save power and money.

  • AI Nap
    Minimize noise and power consumption when temporarily away!
    With AI Nap, users can instantly snooze your PC without terminating the tasks. System will continue operating at minimum power and noise when user is temporarily away. It keeps downloading files or running applications in quietest state while you´re sleeping. Simply click keyboard or mouse, you can swiftly wake up the system in few seconds.

  • Up to 20°C(36°F) Cooler - Stack Cool 2
    Effective Fanless Heat Dissipation at 0dB
    Stack Cool 2 is a fanless cooling solution offered exclusively by ASUS. It effectively and noiselessly transfers heat generated by the critical components to the other side of the specially designed PCB (printed circuit board) for effective heat dissipation - making temperatures cooler by up to 20°C.

  • Aesthetic Heat-pipe
    Lowers Temperatures by up to 10°C
    The aesthetic heat-pipe design effectively directs the heat generated by the chipsets to the heatsink near the back I/O ports - where it can be carried away by existing airflows from the CPU or a bundled optional fan. This innovative and groundbreaking fanless heat pipe design effectively lowers temperatures by up to 10°C without having lifetime problems that a normal chipset fan has. Furthermore, it provides options for users to install side-flow fans or a passive cooler. This Heat Pipe design is the most reliable fanless thermal solution to date.

  • Fan Xpert
    Active Quiet & Cool
    ASUS Fan Xpert intelligently allows users to adjust both the CPU and chassis fan speed according to different ambient temperature , which is caused by different climate conditions in different geographic regions and system loading.Built-in variety of useful profiles offer flexible controls of fan speed to achieve a quiet and cool environment.

  • Drive Xpert
    Plug & Safe!
    Without drivers or BIOS setups, the ASUS exclusive Drive Xpert is ideal for anyone who needs to secure data on their hard drives or enhance hard drive performances without the hassles of complicated configurations. With Drive Xpert´s user-friendly graphical user interface, users can easily arrange hard drive backups or enhance their hard drive transfer rates - making sure that data is looked after every moment, every day.

  • CrashFree BIOS 3
    Simply restore corrupted BIOS data from USB flash disk
    The ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 allows users to restore corrupted BIOS data from a USB flash disk containing the BIOS file. This utility saves users the cost and hassle of buying a replacement BIOS chip.

  • Q-Shield
    Easy and Comfortable Installations
    The specially designed ASUS Q-Shield does without the usual "fingers" - making it convenient and easy to install. With better electric conductivity, it ideally protects your motherboard against static electricity and shields it against Electronic Magnetic Interference (EMI).

  • Q-Connector
    Make connection quick and accurate!
    The ASUS Q-Connector allows you to connect or disconnect chassis front panel cables in one easy step with one complete module. This unique adapter eliminates the trouble of plugging in one cable at a time, making connection quick and accurate.

  • EZ-Flash 2
    Simply update BIOS from a USB flash disk before entering the OS
    EZ Flash 2 is a user-friendly BIOS update utility. Simply launch this tool and update BIOS from a USB flash disk before entering the OS. You can update your BIOS only in a few clicks without preparing an additional floppy diskette or using an OS-based flash utility.

  • O.C. Profile
    Conveniently store or load multiple BIOS settings
    Freely share and distribute favorite overclocking settings The motherboard features the ASUS O.C. Profile that allows users to conveniently store or load multiple BIOS settings. The BIOS settings can be stored in the CMOS or a separate file, giving users freedom to share and distribute their favorite overclocking settings.

  • MyLogo2
    Personalize your system with customizable boot logo
    You can convert your favorite photo into a 256-color boot logo for a more colorful and vivid image on your screen.

  • GreenASUS
    The motherboard and its packaging comply with the European Union´s Restriction on the use of Hazardous Substances (RoHS). This is in line with the ASUS vision of creating environment-friendly and recyclable products and packaging to safeguard consumers´ health while minimizing the impact on the environment.

 




  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (Bundled Accessories)
  3. Closer Look ( The Motherboard )
  4. Closer Look ( The Bios )
  5. Closer Look ( The Bios Continued )
  6. Closer Look ( Drivers & Programs )
  7. Specifications & Features
  8. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  9. Testing: Apophysis, WinRar
  10. Testing: Specview 10, PcMark Vantage
  11. Testing: Sandra XII Professional
  12. Testing: Sciencemark, CineBench 10, HD Tune
  13. Testing: Crysis
  14. Testing: Knights of the Sea
  15. Testing: Bioshock
  16. Testing: Call of Duty 4
  17. Testing: World In Conflict
  18. Testing: Call of Juarez
  19. Testing: Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts
  20. Testing: 3DMark06 Professional
  21. Extras: EPU, ExpressGate SSD, Enhanced Security
  22. Conclusion
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