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ASUS P5K Premium Motherboard Review

Price: $ 219.99


Yes, it's that time again. The terrible upgrade schedule of an enthusiast is a never ending cycle. As soon as a piece of hardware is scienced out, it's time to move on to the next latest and greatest toy. Video cards, system memory, motherboards, power supplies, they all end up falling into the cycle. So the idea is there, the question now is what to buy. Since we are enthusiasts, not just any motherboard will do. Performance is usually the deciding factor when it comes down to pulling the trigger and pushing the buy button. Is the Asus P5K Premium Black Pearl edition motherboard the right one for you? Let's see if she is. The board has an amazing array of options and performance enhancements to satisfy even the most demanding in the enthusiast crowd. These features include native support for DDR2 1066 memory, zero failure fanless design on the motherboard heatsinks, support for the latest processors (including the next wave of 45nm products), 8 channel High Definition sound, ATI crossfire support, and an Intel P35 chipset. There is so much more that makes this board an enthusiast's dream. Follow along as we dig deeper into the bowels of the "Black Pearl" special edition P5K!

"ASUS, a technology-oriented company blessed with one of the world's top R&D teams, is well known for high-quality and innovative technology. As a leading provider of 3C (computers, communications and consumer electronics) total solutions, ASUS offers a complete product portfolio to compete in the new millennium."


Closer Look:

The package that the "Black Pearl" comes in is a flashy metallic blue. The front of the box identifies the product and highlights the native DDR2-1066 support. The rear of the box shows the specifications, as well as some of the highlighted features. The front lid of the box lifts up and displays many of the features of the board.






The outer sleeve of the packaging comes off of the inner box. The box is black and identified again as the P5K Premium. Once inside the package, the the bundled accessories can be seen. Included as part of the bundle are two blower style fan assemblies to cool the motherboard heatsinks.



Pull out all of the accessories to access the motherboard under the divider panel. Under the divider hides the subject of this review, the 18th Anniversary Black Pearl Edition P5K Premium motherboard.


  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (The Motherboard )
  3. Closer Look ( Bundeled Accessories)
  4. Installation
  5. Closer Look (The Bios)
  6. Closer Look (The Bios continued)
  7. Configuration ( Drivers, Wi-Fi Solo )
  8. Specifications & Features
  9. Testing: Setup, Apophysis, WinRar
  10. Testing: Specview
  11. Testing: PcMark 05 Professional
  12. Testing: Sandra XII Professional
  13. Testing: Sciencemark, Cinebench, HDTune
  14. Testing: FarCry
  15. Testing: F.E.A.R.
  16. Testing:BioShock
  17. Testing: Call of Duty II
  18. Testing: Quake 4
  19. Testing: Need for Speed Most Wanted
  20. Testing: 3Dmark06 Professional
  21. Testing: RyderMark
  22. Extras
  23. Conclusion:
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