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ASUS P5B Deluxe

Michael Larabel

Published on 6 January 2007
Written by Michael Larabel
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While Computex Taipei 2007 is only a few months away, introduced last year at this international technology show was the Intel 965 Express Chipset. The 965 Express is marketed toward being a mainstream Core 2 Duo Chipset and will not replace the i975X, but is a step-up from the Pentium i955X Glenwood Chipset. However, ASUS has taken this mainstream Chipset and combined it with their engineering expertise to create the P5B Deluxe. Among the innovations are AI NOS, eight-phase power design, fan-less Chipset cooling, Stack Cool 2, array microphone, and WiFi-AP Solo. We had been introduced to many of these features previously when looking at such motherboards as the P5LD2 Deluxe and the M2N32-SLI Deluxe WiFi. On top of supporting all existing Intel LGA-775 processors, the P5B Deluxe fully supports Intel's Core 2 Quad-Core processor. ASUS markets this board as offering extreme performance with minimum noise and maximum power savings, but can this enthusiast board really deliver on its word?

Features:

Processor
· Intel Quad-core CPU Ready
· LGA775 socket for Intel Core 2 Extreme / Core 2 Duo / Pentium Extreme / Pentium D / Pentium 4 / Celeron D Processors
· Compatible with Intel 05B/05A/06B processors
· Intel Hyper-Threading Technology ready
· Intel P965 / ICH8R with Intel Fast Memory Access Technology

Memory
· 4 x DIMM, max. 8GB, DDR2 800 / 667 / 533 MHz, non-ECC, un-buffered memory
· Dual channel memory architecture

LAN
· Dual Gigabit LAN controllers, both featuring AI NET2
· Marvell? PCI-E and PCI Gigabit LAN controllers

Wireless LAN
· ASUS WiFi-AP Solo
· 54 Mbps IEEE 802.11g and backwards compatible with 11 Mbps IEEE 802.11b

ASUS Quiet Thermal Solution
· ASUS AI Gear
· ASUS AI Nap
· ASUS 8-Phase Power Design
· ASUS Fanless Design: Heat-pipe solution
· ASUS Fanless Design: Stack Cool 2
· ASUS Q-Fan 2
· ASUS Optional Fan for Water-cooling or Passive-Cooling only

ASUS Crystal Sound
· ASUS Noise Filter
· ASUS Array Mic

Intelligent Overclocking Tools
· AI NOS
· AI Overclocking
· ASUS PEG Link
· ASUS AI Booster utility

Contents:

Receiving the ASUS P5B Deluxe its packaging and contents were similar to the recently reviewed M2N32-SLI Deluxe WiFi. Included with the P5B Deluxe was an ASUS Array Microphone, WiFi-AP Solo antenna, manual, driver CD, I/O bracket, six SATA cables, three SATA power adapters, USB 2.0 expansion bracket, Firewire IEEE-1394a expansion bracket, Q-connector kit, ribbon IDE cable, and one ribbon FDD cable. We had first tried out the array microphone with the M2N32-SLI Deluxe motherboard and it proved to be very useful during gaming sessions -- as it had effectively reduced the amount of environmental outside sounds.

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