Originally Posted by Robilar
P5B Plus. Its only single gpu but its cheaper than either of your options and overclocks better (I have used all 3 boards). If you are going ATI the only reason to go with the P5W DH Deluxe is crossfire (at 8x8x), the asus p5n32-e is the best sli board available and the P5B Plus is better than the P5B Deluxe (and cheaper)
Thanks guys - this is a big help (although I don't know what SLI is). I found some info on this forum (see below) that suggested that the Deluxe PB5 has the best raid controller, but it appears to be the same as the PB5 Plus.
What is the difference between the plus and the deluxe, other than wireless, I can't really tell.
• Overclocking on budget
• 480+ FSB Performance
• Board layout
• Low voltage settings in BIOS (vDimm 2.1)
• No Firewire
• Southbridge chipset
Thoughts- The little sister to the P5B-Deluxe board, with a small price tag, and fewer features. Asus chopped of the nice BIOS features of the P5B-Deluxe board and put it on this vanilla version. Hence why may of the BIOS features are sub-par compared to the competition. However, itâ€™s a good overclocking board for the price. Itâ€™s probably second to the Gigabyte DS3, in that category, but still a decent alternative. The biggest downside to the board is the RAID controller. The Jmicron controller on this board is horrible, and next to impossible to setup. Please, steer clear from this board and grab a ICH8R board for RAID setups. Lastly, the thing that bugs me most about this board is the looks and feel of a true overclocking board. The color of the PCB and the BIOS features make it feel cheap and just a marketing board for Asus (which it is). Sorry Asus, budget may not be your area.
• Overclocking results
• BIOS voltage features/easy to update BIOS
• Board Layout
• 2x PCI-E slots
• Chipset cooling
• Tons of Inputs (Dual Gigabit Ethernet, etc.)
• Ease of Overclocking
Thoughts- If you want the best, look no further, because you are staring at it. This is definitely a top choice as far as Core 2 Duo motherboards go. The BIOS is easy to flash and update, there are plenty of USB ports, along with Firewire. The layout of the board is perfect, easy to reach IDE port and FDD port. The stock cooling on the Northbridge and Southbridge is excellent. It comes equipped with 3 PCI ports and one PCI-E 1x slot. The only complaint is the amount of tweaking around 500 FSB. Some boards take time to find their sweet spot, this board included. Though, that is the only downside of an almost flawless motherboard. Good job Asus.
- Thanks to Transonic for thoughts