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[BT] Asus P5Q Deluxe: Intel P45 has arrived

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Full review is on Bit-tech
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Putting the current climate of political shenanigans aside for a while, let's look at the first P45 board on our bench with a mature BIOS. It seems everyone in Taiwan is busily tweaking and improving their boards on a daily basis but Asus was first out the hat for us with a complete product that worked as expected.

This year's iteration of the Intel chipset craziness has seen some vast improvements in features from Asus – every P45 board now comes with the ExpressGate Linux software and the Asus EPU as standard.

The P5Q Deluxe is a DDR2 board with plenty of features, but without the extreme price overhead of the WiFi-AP @n boards. But does the new, more advanced EPU add any significant benefit and how appealing is the ExpressGate software – has it changed since we first looked at it?

After spending quite a bit of time in the last few weeks with several P45 boards the evident thing is that things are changing for the greener and for the more fulfilled – we're seeing the Republic of Gamer level BIOS tweaks filter down to mainstream level across the board, and we're being told from every motherboard manufacturer that overclocking and system tweaking is changing with this final front side bus chipset. But embrace it and have some fun – we'll tell you which board manufacturer makes the experience the most intuitive and easiest to learn.

Just look at all those features below and then consider that all that is for a non-too expensive £120? If the performance matches up – do we have our next inevitable upgrade?
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post #2 of 26
Nice find, I just finished reading that before you posted it. It's a great read, but I think the more interesting P45 boards are going to be a bit cheaper than 120 quid. That board's a bit too full-featured and close to X48 to be that interesting as a mainstream board.
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Nice find.
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Finally, P45, Now to get a Motherboard that won't randomly die then come back alive, then die again on you.
    
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post #5 of 26
I've never heard of P45 till now...And I'm not very fond of the whole "energy saving" idea...seems to interfere with overclocking...
Edited by cuy50 - 5/28/08 at 4:27am
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Originally Posted by cuy50 View Post
I've never heard of P45 till now...And I'm not very fond of the whole "energy saving" idea...seems to interfere with overclocking...
P45 is the new chipset aimed to replace the P35 chipset.

http://www.overclock.net/search.php?searchid=2084212

Alot of good news.
post #7 of 26
I wonder how the Maximus II Formula will perform
post #8 of 26
65nm should be something to look forward to.

p45 = 65nm overclocking performance
x38/x48 = still 90nm, crossfire performance.

So get a x38 or a p45? they should cost the same soon since the 65nm x58 is coming soon.
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65nm should be something to look forward to.

p45 = 65nm overclocking performance
x38/x48 = still 90nm, crossfire performance.

So get a x38 or a p45? they should cost the same soon since the 65nm x58 is coming soon.
You're saying that P45 is better for overclocking than the X38 and X48? Cuz dual GPU is not my style.
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Originally Posted by darksideleader View Post
65nm should be something to look forward to.

p45 = 65nm overclocking performance
x38/x48 = still 90nm, crossfire performance.

So get a x38 or a p45? they should cost the same soon since the 65nm x58 is coming soon.
8/8 is not that much of a bottleneck, unless you're on resolutions HIGHER than 1920x1200, which I doubt many are.
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