The ASUS P5K3 Deluxe board was a piece of cake to set up and work with overall. I had no problems getting the board up and working, and the stability and performance of the board speak for themselves. ASUS did a top notch job with the heat pipe design, more than adequately cooling the board hotspots without impeding on the CPU socket area whatsoever. Factor in the stellar overclocking results and the fact that the board is based on an newly released Intel chipset, and youâ€™ve got a winner on your hands.
The only issue I had with the board was ASUSâ€™ placement choice of the CMOS battery and CMOS reset jumper. Both are placed in a hard to get to location when an larger sized video card is used in the system.
I was really impressed with this board, even with the aforementioned issue. The P5K3 Deluxe is another quality and high performance design win for ASUS, and truly illustrates their ability to execute. This is definitely a board to consider should you be in the market to upgrade to the next generation of Intel partsâ€¦
I have done a lot of testing with this motherboard over the last month and I have to say at no time did it let me down. Its stability was perfect and its performance was solid compared to other top-end DDR2 motherboard offerings. You can read here about our initial thoughts on DDR3 as a whole. If you have to buy a motherboard today, certainly you should consider a new DDR3 board, but given that we are not seeing any performance increases in real-world usage scenarios, it is hard to suggest that you turn away from an expensive batch of previously purchased DDR2 simply to walk down a new upgrade path. If you can wait, I would highly suggest looking out for the Intelâ€™s next-gen X38 chipset for that new motherboard. As Corsair showed us last week in Taiwan, DDR3 scaling does have some great promise.
The Bottom Line
The ASUS P5K3 proves to be another motherboard founded on stellar engineering culminating in great stability, excellent performance, and solid overclocking prowess. This is an expensive motherboard however and once you factor in the cost of DDR3 modules you are going to find yourself easily above a $600 upgrade investment.
Had we seen it outpace other motherboards in top end CPU bus overclocking it certainly would have been worthy of a Gold [H] Award. Still the levels of overclocking shown on the P5K3 are nothing short of awesome and will likely fill the needs of any overclocker other than the super-hardcore