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ASUS P5K Premium Motherboard Review



Installation of the board into the chassis of your choice is a straightforward process. If the board is a replacement, you of course have a few extra steps, including shutting down the computer and unplugging all of the wiring attached to the existing board and chassis. Once this is done, the chassis can be opened up to remove the existing hardware so that the "Black Pearl " can be put into its new home. Since I am a fan of large heatsinks to cool my processor, I usually start with the installation of the processor and heatsink on the bench. This allows for the installation of the heatsink backing plate.


Start out with removing the protective covering over the CPU socket and opening the retaining plate.



Once open, insert the CPU. Make sure that the processor is indexed properly into the socket to prevent damage to either the CPU or motherboard. Close the retaining plate and lock it into place to complete the installation of the processor.



Now that the processor is in place, it is time to install the processor heatsink. Start out with the application of whatever thermal paste you use. I prefer Artic Silver 5. Install the heatsink following the directions for your particular model. For this build I am using the Tuniq Tower. As you can see, the real estate around the socket is pretty crowded. This provided for an interesting installation. If using a stock heatsink or one that uses Intel's mounting method, you should not run into too much trouble. At this time, I chose to install the system memory and found the sockets quite tight, so some additional force was needed with the modules. This is not an issue exclusive to Asus, but worth noting.



Now it's time to put the board in its new home. Start off by installing the motherboard standoffs specific to the chassis you use. Some boards require ten, some require nine. This board required nine. Install the I/O shield and insert the motherboard into the chassis, and fasten it to the standoffs with screws.



Install the add-in cards, such as the video and sound. Make all of the wiring connections to the board and peripherals and you are ready for some serious all night frag sessions. Almost!


  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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