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Posted by Kunaak at Xtremesystems:

"P5B Deluxe Pros:

550+ FSB easy.

Great board for Cas and Mhz overclocks.

Voltages are nice, and works great out of the box.

very user friendly, and uncomplicated, learning curve is very small.

high stability.

P5B Deluxe Cons:

poorly working 4:5 divider, which is a huge drawback as that would be the second most useful divider if it worked...

Zero, Nada, Zilch... Never Happens.... No chance... This Board has Zero Chance at recovering from a Failed Overclock. After a Failed OC, your only option to boot again, is to clear the CMOS... and that gets real old, real fast, if your testing out new hardware, and pushing the limits.

Needs Vcore and Vdroop mod badly if you want real stable OC's.

Not Many Dividers to work with.

Asus 680i Pros: (non Striker board)

Great Vdimm option.

All voltages except Vcore Overvolt, so you get alittle more voltage when you need it, which is better then undervolting as far as I am concerned.
Great Memory Overclocking options and stability. Far Higher then the P5B Deluxe, and the P5WDH isnt even a comparison for this board when it comes to Memory Overclocks.

Certainly capable of 500+ FSB's.

Great Stability.

Great Ability to recover from a failed OC, about 90% of the time you can recover from a failed OC just by resetting and waiting a few seconds.
sometimes you can recover by powering down and powering up.
rarely you will still have to clear the CMOS though.

Cas Latencies all go as low as 1, so theres no limit on how much you can tweak your latency.

1T is very OC friendly on this board.

1200 mhz is very easy with this board.



Asus 680i Cons:

Horrible Vcore options. 1.6 max from bios gets you 1.47 volts tops. Needs a Vcore Mod Real badly.

Chipset voltages go all the way to 2.75 volts, but nothing above 1.6 volts will boot.

high learning curve will definatly get alot of people posting "my board cant do 500 FSB"... not cause the board can't, but cause they dont take the time to figure out the board. it's definatly a board for the advanced types.

runs VERY HOT. Fans are a must. chipset seriously burned me when I touched it. not just warm, painful burned me. This board absolutly needs better cooling, and I now see why theres all them heatpipes on the striker extreme, 100% absolutly needs better cooling for the NB and PWM's.

Very High Price..."


I'd like to add that the P5N has dual 16x SLI support as well.
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I was reading that last night. Was that the guy with the Mushkin ram @ 3.47V?

Nice motherboard by the way.
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Kunaak is somewhat a moron. The guy had an issue with his P5WD2-Premium when he tried to get a Pentium D.........guess what his issue was?

-He had a PATA HDD and couldn't install Windows because his optical was in the same EIDE port, so basically in the end he blame the board and chipset because of such issue......doh! I told him to get a SATA HDD and the issue will no longer be, guess what?

-He sold the board because he didn't want to get a SATA HDD and the only SATA HDDs he had were from his AMD rig which were in RAID, go figure why he doesn't like Intel.

But in any case, let's compare the voltages in North and South bridges for a P965 @ 525fsb vs 680i @ 500fsb

Kunaak also doesn't know it yet but with the 0711 BIOS, the part of recovering from a failed overclock are easy now, no need to reset the CMOS anymore, I used to but not anymore.

As for the 4:5 RATIO it's only good upto 400fsb anyway, pass that, are there any other chipsets that can do more?

it seems as if the BFG 680i is better than the eVGA and for the price, ASUS is not even a considerable choice, since that it seems as if the 680i cheat or not can pretty much do the same.
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Nasgul, the Asus P5N32-E is the same price in Canada as the EVGA board (both $300) and I haven't seen the BFG board yet. The post you linked had the BFG hitting 488 FSB which is 18 more than I (or anyone else I've seen) could hit on the EVGA so its definitely slightly better (bios differences).
Considering the boards are the same price and with the new bios, 531 FSB can now be hit, its a no brainer choice. Also none of the sata, ram killing, or ps2 port issues appear to be happening on this board (or the striker extreme). I didn't encounter any of the above issues but my luck could have changed.


The new bios for the Asus P5N32-E board is out. I got my board this evening (finally). Will have to wait till tomorrow to rebuild again. Also found out my new dominator ram is using promos and not micron d9's. Figures. Returning them and picking up a set of the C5 8500's. They at least are guaranteed to be micron d9's.

Kunaak over at Xtreme updated the bios on the board and tested it a fair bit.

The results of the new bios: (0302)

Raised Vcore from 1.6 volts (1.47 real volts) to 1.9 (1.79 volts real)

Added TRfc, range from 1 to 149.

OC ability went up just a tiny bit, from 525 FSB tops bootable, to 531 tops bootable.

Added Link Boost.


So decent increase in vcore range and slight FSB increase as well. Considering Kunaaks biggest beef was the low vcore, its nice to see a bios released a week after the board that addresses main issues.

Given the potential heat issues Kunaak mentioned, I ordered two Thermaltake Extreme Spirit II NB/SB coolers. I plan to remove both of the heatpipe assemblies and mount one on the NB and SB (assuming it won't block my SLI'd 7900GTX, but I am fairly certain there is enough clearance). I'll also be mounting copper ramsinks on the mosfet area.



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