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I'm building a flight sim and video editing machine, will use only 1 graphics card, and want raid 1. I think I'll be getting a ATI1950 card.

I was planning on getting the PB5 Deluxe because of the great reviews, but I see a lot of people get the P5W DH and P5n32e-sli.

I'm a bit of a newby and I just don't really understand the difference between the boards. Could somebody help me out and explain the difference?

Btw, future upgrade-ability is very important to me (CPU and GPU) and price is not a big factor as they're all very close to each other. RAID is also very important.

THANK YOU. g-
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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)
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post #3 of 7
P5B-Deluxe has a P965 chipset, designed for C2Ds from the ground up.
P5W-DH has the 975X modified to work with the C2Ds as well and it's just as good as the P965.

nForce 6xx series, it's 3rd attempt for nVidia to do a good job for chipsets running Intel CPUs and so far they're decent but IMO, not quite there, yet.

ASUS has a few models of P965 boards whereas only one for the 975X and I have no idea how many nForce 6xx from nForce.

Right now, seems, though I have not seen a member in this forum posting his review on a P5B-Plus, that this board is becoming popular for its price and from a review at XS which apparently is doing good in terms of overclocking w/o all the fancy stuff that includes the Deluxe and Premium line of boards, by "Fancy", I mean cables and accessories mainly but the powah it's there.

Frankly, I'm yet to see a review on a P5B-Plus from a member here so I'd say the P5B-Deluxe will be the one to get.
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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.

Asus P5B
The Highs-
• Overclocking on budget
• 480+ FSB Performance
• Board layout

The Lows-
• RAID!!!
• 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, it’s a good overclocking board for the price. It’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.

Asus P5B-Deluxe
The Highs-
• Overclocking results
• BIOS voltage features/easy to update BIOS
• Board Layout
• 2x PCI-E slots
• Chipset cooling
• Tons of Inputs (Dual Gigabit Ethernet, etc.)
• Accessories

The Lows-
• 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
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We're talking about the P5B-Plus, not the P5B, there's a big difference there: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131177
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Originally Posted by g_e_young View Post
The Lows-
• Ease of Overclocking
Is it just me or does this seem wrong? That's a plus!


I love my Deluxe, and the RAID controller is doing great handling all 4 of my drives in a 0. I just bought a P5B Premium to replace my old P5WD2-Premium in my Pentium D system, but haven't had a chance to swap it out yet.

For your purposes, I would forget about the SLI board. The only reason to get one of those is to run dual NVIDIA video cards so you can brag about having SLI, and claim you see a difference on your 17" CRT

Stick with a 965 based feature packed board like the Deluxe, Plus, or Premium, depending on your budget. The plain P5B will not do RAID easily.
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Is it just me or does this seem wrong? That's a plus!


I love my Deluxe, and the RAID controller is doing great handling all 4 of my drives in a 0. I just bought a P5B Premium to replace my old P5WD2-Premium in my Pentium D system, but haven't had a chance to swap it out yet.

For your purposes, I would forget about the SLI board. The only reason to get one of those is to run dual NVIDIA video cards so you can brag about having SLI, and claim you see a difference on your 17" CRT

Stick with a 965 based feature packed board like the Deluxe, Plus, or Premium, depending on your budget. The plain P5B will not do RAID easily.
Excellent down to earth advice. Thanks! I'll get a Plus or a Deluxe and forget about the rest.... g-
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