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ASUS P5Q Premium Review



To test the ASUS P5Q Premium, I will be putting the motherboard through a series of intensive video and scientific benchmarks that will stress the board and push it to its limits to see where it stands and how well it performs. I will then place it up against other well known motherboards with similar and competing chipsets to see how the P5Q Premium stands up against the competition. To keep any variables from intefering with the numbers, all hardware will be run at stock speeds, timings, and voltages unless otherwise noted. This will give the ASUS P5Q Premium a fair run against the other boards for comparison reasons.

Test Setup: 


Comparison Motherboards:



Overclocked settings:

Overclocking the ASUS P5 Premium was a breeze. For starters, all I did was adjust the CPU VCore and the memory voltage and lower the memory strap to keep under the 1000MHz memory speed and started to up the Front Side Bus little by little until the system would become unstable or not boot. With each 5Mhz raise of the FSB I would run MEMTEST 2.0 until errors started to appear. Then I backed it down to where there were no errors and booted into Windows. I then ran benchmarks to test stability and again would drop the FSB by 5MHz increments until I could boot, run and pass all of the benchmarks with no errors. With a 1.45v VCore I was able to push the Q9450 CPU to 460MHz from the stock 2.66GHz to obtain 3.680GHz stable. That is a 1000MHz increase over stock just by raising only the VCore and tweaking the minor voltages. While everyone will never get the same results on various systems, I am very please with this boost in "free" performance.





  • Scientific & Data:
  1. Apophysis
  2. WinRAR
  3. SPECviewperf 10
  4. PCMark Vantage Professional
  5. SiSoft Sandra XII
  6. ScienceMark 2.02 Final
  7. CineBench 10
  8. HD Tune 2.55
  • Video:
  1. Crysis
  2. Knights of the Sea
  3. BioShock
  4. Call of Duty 4
  5. World in Conflict
  6. Call of Juarez
  7. Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts
  8. 3DMark 06 Professional


  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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