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PostSubject: Asus P5Q Custom.   Wed Oct 19, 2011 2:37 pm

Some other chipset from Intel who evidently seem somewhat dissatisfied with the 10 roughly chipsets they've released during the past year. The P45 is simply a cut-down, lower-priced version in the high-end X48 chipset-based message boards. It's also set to remain the last socket-775 chipset before release of the eagerly awaited Nehalem range towards the end of the year.
Precisely what makes the P45 superior to its predecessor, the P35? To start with, the P45 ups leading side bus to at the most 1, 600Mhz over that P35's 1, 333MHz, which often gives overclockers a no more headroom to play by using. It also boasts PCI-Express a couple of. 0 support for a few different times the graphics bandwidth along with supports Intel's 45nm-based processors, the most up-to-date, more efficient and slightly more efficient Core 2 chips. The idea features the ICHlO southbridge very, which includes a 10GB ethernet controller in addition to built-in wireless support, even though dropping the aging PS/2 and also LPT ports.
Asus has a reputation as one of the more innovative companies out there - the Eee being testament to that - this also latest PSQ Deluxe isn't a exception. The board once more is well laid-out, while using usual, aesthetically pleasing black colored PCB. And, strangely, we'd no slicing-our-fingers-into-salami problems considering the cooling fins as most people installed the CPU enthusiast. One of Asus's much more brilliant innovations (actually forget the Eee) should be the power and reset buttons included in the motherboard itself - immensely handy to the test-bench overclocker or for anyone who is just having teething concerns.
Fight the Power
Beyond the P45 chipset, Asus has crammed its EPU-Six Engine in the PsQ Deluxe. This power-saving system monitors the energy draw of the pick, graphics card, memory, chipset hard disks and CPU fan, along with adjusts them automatically regarding different application environments. So should you be simply browsing the online it switches to Energy-Saving setting, but when you boot up Crysis it is going to go into Turbo setting. The settings can be adjusted for the fly, and it even notifys you how many milligrams of carbon monoxide you just aren't pumping into the natural environment. Asus claims it can easily significantly save on electricity bills, which is likely to help you please some polar has.
On top of that power-saving features, Asus has incorporated its Splashtop Instant-On os into the motherboard. Among those ‘ why did no one think of this before? ’ ideas, the Splashtop is often a bespoke Linux installation that allows access to the internet by way of a customized version of Firefox, chat with Skype and also a basic photo browser. It can be quite underpowered, but when you find yourself desperate for a easy map or cinema occasions it's immeasurably handy. It is usually getting rolled out around its entire mobo wide variety, stored on a chip with the high-end and offering HIGH DEFINITION installation via support CD in the rest.
The Splashtop software is made onto the motherboard inside deluxe. With its own devoted 512MB of RAM there's do not need worry about not having the capacity to get on the Net whenever you fry your hard storage. ASUS is also touting this just as one energy-saving feature, as users will be more unlikely that to leave their PCs running once they know the web will boot within seconds.
Although it's a terrific bit of software, it still needs a little polish - it didn't detect our microsoft computer mouse and we were left tabbing for the various menus. A BIOS bring up to date should fix that, and given time we could see an evolved release of Splashtop revolutionize how we use PCs.
Contrary to the Odds
So energy-saving and innovation a single, but how does the particular P45 platform perform? Many of us tested it against Intel's P35 and also X38 chipsets, as perfectly as Nvidia's 790i chipset, along with performance was surprisingly underwhelming. It isn't really that it's bad, it can be just unimpressive. The biggest surprise at this point is that the P35 outperformed the actual P45 slightly on RAM and processor tests - although this can be down to early new driver issues. But impressively for the board at this rate, 3D performance was the truth is only slightly behind ASUS's holier-than-though nonetheless hideously expensive 790i-based Striker II. Which is without any overclocking.
In comparison to the X38 we noticed significant improvements through the board, which is shocking considering that Intel was touting it for a high-end chipset barely last year. Even the P35 managed to outdo the X38. Hopefully the Nehalem won't move through so many mind-bogglingly moot iterations, but that does are most often Intel's penchant du jour.
It's also worth considering that although the P45 chipset facilitates DDR3 RAM, the P5Q Custom only supports DDR2. All motherboard manufacturers acquire released their P45 boards in a very range from stripped-down spending budget to fully-featured expensive, plus the P5Q Deluxe sits more towards value end of the actual spectrum, so no DDR3 for individuals. Although given the ridiculous prices and minimal capabilities gain from DDR3, it hardly seems worth the cost.
If you've got the P35-based board it's not likely worth upgrading at offer. But if you've bought anything less, and you're after having a solid, competent motherboard with a great deal of handy features, the P5Q Deluxe is without question worth considering.
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