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ASUS P5Q Motherboards

As we mentioned earlier, Intel is set to launch the new Intel 4 series (Eaglelake) chipsets on June 2, 2008. Four chipsets, the P45, P43, G45 and G43, will be released initially. This will be followed up by the Q45 and Q43 somewhere in June/July and then G41 in Q4, 2008.

We were recently given the opportunity to take a look at one of the first P45 motherboards - the ASUS P5Q Deluxe. This motherboard has a host of cool features like :

  • Support for FSB speeds of 1600 MHz, 1333 MHz, 1066 MHz and 800 MHz
  • Support for DDR2-1200, DDR2-1066 and DDR2-800
  • Three PCI Express x16 slots with CrossFireX support
  • True 16-phase power supply with 96% power efficiency
  • 100% Japanese-made solid capacitors
  • Long-life PWM capacitors (5000 hours @ 105 °C, 5 years @ 105 °C)
  • EPU-6 Engine
  • Express Gate SSD
  • DDR3-1600 support
  • A 6-layer PCB with Stack Cool 2
  • Copper chipset heatsinks with heatpipe
  • Onboard power switch

The ASUS P5Q Deluxe motherboard will be available in the first week of June, together with the P5Q Pro and the P5Q motherboards. The other models, the P5Q3 Deluxe, the P5QC and P5Q Premium, will be launched later. Here's the breakdown of their features and prices.

 

P5Q3 Deluxe

P5Q Premium

P5Q Deluxe

P5Q-E

P5QC

P5Q Pro

P5Q

Price

RM 999
US$ 310

RM 1220
US$ 380

RM 789
US$ 245

RM 705
US$ 220

RM 645
US$ 200

RM 620
US$ 190

RM 549
US$ 170

Chipset

Intel P45 + ICH10R

FSB

1600 / 1333 / 1066 / 800 MHz

Memory

DDR3 1600* / 1333 / 1066

DDR2 1200 / 1066 / 800

DDR3 1333 / 1066
DDR2 1200 / 1066 / 800

DDR2 1200 / 1066 / 800

Graphics

3 x PCIe x16
CrossFireX

4 x PCIe x16
CrossFireX

3 x PCIe x16
CrossFireX

1 x PCIe x16

2 x PCIe x16
CrossFireX

1 x PCIe x16

Gigabit LAN

x2

x4

x2

x2

x1

x1

x1

Audio

8-channel HD
AI Audio 2

8-channel HD

Storage

1 Ultra DMA
8 SATA 3Gb/s
1 eSATA 3Gb/s

1 Ultra DMA
10 SATA 3Gb/s
1 eSATA 3Gb/s

1 Ultra DMA
8 SATA 3Gb/s
1 eSATA 3Gb/s

1 Ultra DMA
8 SATA 3Gb/s
1 eSATA 3Gb/s (Bracket)

1394a

6-pin, 4-pin (Bracket)

EPU-6 Engine

Yes

Power

16-Phase

8-Phase Power

ExpressGate

Express Gate SSD

Express Gate

Drive Expert

Yes

100% Solid Capacitors

Yes

Long-Life PWM Capacitors

Yes

No

WiFi-AP@n

Yes

No

Stack Cool 2

Yes

No

AI Audio 2

Yes

No

Onboard Power Switch

Yes

Q-Shield

Yes

Q-Connector

Yes

ASUS will also be launching P43 and G43 versions of the P5Q motherboards. Their prices and availability have not yet been determined but we have the full specifications right here :

 

P5QL-E

P5QL PRO

P5QL

P5QL-EM

Chipset

Intel P43 + ICH10R

Intel P43 + ICH10

G43 + ICH10

FSB

1600 (OC) / 1333 / 1066 / 800 MHz

Memory

DDR2 1066 / 800 / 667 MHz

Graphics

NA

X4500

Gigabit LAN

x1

Audio

8-channel HD

Storage

1 Ultra DMA
6 SATA 3Gb/s
1 eSATA 3Gb/s

1 Ultra DMA
6 SATA 3Gb/s
1 eSATA 3Gb/s

1 Ultra DMA
6 SATA 3Gb/s
1 eSATA 3Gb/s

1394a

Yes

No

Yes

EPU-6 Engine

Yes

Power

8-Phase

4-Phase Power

ExpressGate

Express Gate

100% Solid Capacitors

Yes

No

Long-Life PWM Capacitors

Yes

No

Q-Shield

Yes

No

Q-Connector

Yes

No

 

Questions & Comments

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