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ASUS P5K Premium Motherboard Review



Putting the hardware together is only part of the the installation and configuration puzzle. Once the operating system is installed, you will need to install the drivers specific to the motherboard. Motherboard manufacturers have made this a painless process by including a disc with the correct drivers for the onboard hardware. Many times, the disc will autorun and pop up an installation GUI. If not, the manual option for installation of the drivers is always an option. The GUI that pops up with the included disc is shown below. Each tab has a submenu to allow for the installation of the hardware specific to your build. You start the process by inserting the driver disc into the optical drive in the computer.



The Drivers tab contain just that. If all of the onboard solutions are used, you would choose each one in turn to install to complete the driver installation. The utilities tab contains the motherboard utilities for monitoring vital temperatures and voltatages with PC Probe II. The AI suite is a series of tools to allow you to view system settings and overclock through Windows.



The manual section contains the manuals for the storage controllers. Make disk is the section used to make an install disk so that the RAID option can be used when installing the operating system. The last tab shows all of the company's contact information. If a manual driver installation option is chosen, you can explore the disk and pick and choose the options needed that way.




Wi-Fi Solo AP Setup:

The setup for the onboard wirelass LAN takes a little more setup, so that driver installation will be shown here. After enabling it in the BIOS, reboot the computer and you will be greeted by the familiar new hardware found wizard. Close this out and start the installation of the drivers from the drivers tab on the motherboard disk. The install will start and finish.




The Wi-Fi Solo interface has several adjustment and monitoring tabs. The Status tab gives basic top-line information about the setup of the device. The configuration tab allows for switching between AP and Station mode, as well as which wireless standard is used.



The statistics page show an analysis of packet transactions. The advanced page allows for detailed configuration of the device.The ICS tab is to allow for the configuration of the connection you wish to share when in the AP mode.


  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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