|ASUS P5K3 Deluxe Wi-Fi-AP Intel P35 Motherboard|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Motherboards|
|Written by Ronald Tibbetts - Edited by Olin Coles|
|Thursday, 17 January 2008|
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ASUS P5K3 Deluxe Motherboard
Market forecasts predict DDR3 memory poised to replace its predecessor DDR2 as the main volume product this year. Already aware of this, memory chip manufacturers like Micron Technology, Samsung Semiconductor, Hynix Semiconductor and Qimonda have begun tooling up for mass production. As a result we should finally start to see the dizzying prices of DDR3 come down - being affordable will no doubt help to spur adoption in the market. With price drops looming, many will be looking for quality motherboards suitable for high-speed DDR3. With this in mind Benchmark Reviews thought it would be of interest to examine one of the more mature DDR3 based motherboard offerings on the market today; the ASUS P5K3 Deluxe Wi-Fi-AP Motherboard based on the Intel P35 chipset.
The ASUS P5K3 Deluxe Motherboard with Intel's 82-P35 Express Memory Controller Hub (MCH) is the first motherboard built to officially support DDR3-1066. For the P5K3 Deluxe however, ASUS has managed improve upon this by building in native DDR3-1333 support. With high-speed DDR3 and ASUS overclocking tools, the P5K3 Deluxe able to overclock to an ultra high frequency achieving DDR3-2000.
With that said, let's take a look at the many features of ASUS' first P35 based DDR3 motherboard: The P5K3 Deluxe Wi-Fi AP.
The ASUS P5K3 Deluxe Wi-Fi-AP P35 Motherboard is among the top of ASUS' lineup built around Intel's P35 Express chipset. Considered an overclockers board the P5K3 Deluxe features a base FSB of 667MHz, native support for DDR3 SDRAM operating in Dual Channel mode at 1333MHz, and is CrossFire ready with support for dual PCI Express (PCIe) based x16 graphics cards. With so many features built into it the P5K3 Deluxe is blatantly a design intended for enthusiasts. However, its innovation and ease of use should make it appealing to even first time buyers.
ASUS establishes the P5K3 as a "Deluxe" motherboard by offering the following integrated features:
Support for LGA775 Intel Core 2 Quad and Core 2 Duo, including 1333/1066/800FSB and 45nm processors
Supports up to 8GB of dual channel DDR3 800, 1066 and 1333MHz FSB, using four 240-pin, 1.5V DDR3 DIMMs
Two PCI Express x16 slots (Blue = x16, Black = x4)
Two PCI Express x1 slots
Three 32-bit v2.3 Master PCI bus slots (support 3.3v/5v PCI bus interface)
One IDE port via JMicron JMB363 IC
Six SATA 3Gbps ports supporting RAID 0, 1, 0+1, 5 or JBOD
ADI SoundMax ADI1988B High-Definition audio codec supporting 7.1 channel surround sound up to 32-bit/192KHz
Two Gigabit Ethernet, one PCI-Express provided by the Marvell 88E8056-NNC1 chipset and another PCI provided by RealTek RTL8110SC
Agere FW3227 (FW322 07) IEEE1394a Firewire IC supplying two ports (one on the rear I/O, one through motherboard pins
JMB363 IC supplying one PATA port and two 3Gbps eSATA devices
Realtek RTL8187L Wireless 802.11g integrated USB adapter
About the company: ASUSTeK Computer Incorporated (ASUS)
Perhaps best known by enthusiasts for their motherboards, ASUS is a company recognized for high-quality and innovation in the consumer electronics industry. A leading provider of computer components and peripherals, ASUS offers an ever expanding product portfolio hoping to bring their level of expertise to a wide market.
ASUS was founded in 1989 in Taiwan by TH Tung, Ted Hsu, Wayne Hsieh and MT Liao - all four were computer engineers from Acer. The current CEO and Chairman of ASUS, Jonney Shih, joined the company in 1994. According to the ASUS sales manager, Alexander Kim, the name ASUS originated from Pegasus, the winged horse of Greek mythology. The first three letters of the word were dropped to give the resulting name a high position in alphabetical listings.
From the ASUS website:
The philosophy of ASUS product development is to do the fundamentals well first before moving forward. Started with computer components such as motherboards, graphic cards, and optical storage devices, ASUS now has now over 16 product lines, including desktop barebone systems, servers, notebooks, handhelds, network devices, broadband communications, LCD monitors, TVs, wireless applications, and CPT (chassis, power supply and thermal) products.