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Using the same QX9650 processor, we managed to hit a good 485 FSB stable before the board gave way, using the latest 0302 BIOS that was provided by Asus. It is noted that we're facing some difficulties in bringing the CPU pass 4.2Ghz, and with a retail Core 2 Duo 8400 plucked from our test labs, we had significant trouble getting past the 4.2Ghz mark as well. As usual, we'd expect the overclockability of of t he board to be significantly better once it hits retail, as the Asus engineers polishes up the BIOS.

The guys in our labs did some basic power testing on the test setup that we ran, and realise that the P5Q Deluxe draws a load of 130W on 100% CPU load, and the P5K Premium draws 126W on 100% CPU Load. Some food for thought for everyone.

Overall, I am pretty pleased with the P5Q Premium with its myriad of features apart from some minor disappointments. The P45 chipset is a simple refresh of the P35, and apart from some basic feature updates, there isn't much for us to see now as next generation technology such as 10GBe isn't quite ready for the masses yet. For those getting a new PC, a P45 board might spell nice for you, but we just do not see why should anyone upgrade to a P45 from a P45.

Nevertheless, a decent attempt by Asus on delivering new innovations, albeit on a boring chipset. =P
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i7 5820K MSI X99A SLI PLUS EVGA GTX 1070 FTW 4x8GB G.Skill Ripjaws  
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 850 Pro Samsung 850 Evo Noctua NH-D15 Windows 10 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dell U2515H Happy Hacking Keyboard 2  EVGA Supernova 750 G2 Corsair 600Q 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Logitech G403 Steelseries QcK Mass M-Audio AV40 
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i7 930 @ 3.7 HT Gigabyte X58A-UD3R VisionTek 4870x2 3x4GB's G.Skill Ripjaws 1600 
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500GB AAKS, 2x 640GB AAKS, 2x 1TB Samsung SH-S203B Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit Samsung 245BW 
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Happy Hacking Keyboard 2 Silverstone OP850 Antec 1200 [Three Nanoxia FX12] [Two San Ace 1011] Logitech G500 
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