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I was just looking at the ASUS P5Q motherboards because of the new P45 and the ExpressGate and was compelled to see if anyone thinks it is worth getting this board over the DFI Lanparty DK P35 T2RS. The DFI seems to be very finicky with hardware, such as RAM and even the PSU. The ASUS looks attractive because the PC I will be building will be in a home setting. I am in high school and my family is pretty busy so the ASUS looks attractive because of EPU and ExpressGate. I also want to overclock it in my free time, though. Judging by what is in my sig, what would you guys recommend for me? I am also tight on money, but if the ASUS is good enough, I am willing to pay a little more.
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I heard the P35 and X38 boards are best at OC'ing quads. not sure on the accuracy of this statement but I would wait and see what the P45 chipset can do first. The DFI is already a proven winner so you cant go wrong there. There may be better offerings of the P45 in the coming weeks though.
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I heard the P35 and X38 boards are best at OC'ing quads. not sure on the accuracy of this statement but I would wait and see what the P45 chipset can do first. The DFI is already a proven winner so you cant go wrong there. There may be better offerings of the P45 in the coming weeks though.
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I'm in the same boat Cyborg.
The Asus looks nice (more energy efficient, cooler chipset, express gate) and it's only $10 more than the T2RS. Still, the DFI is a proven overclocker, and so far P5Q reviews have achieved only so-so overclocks (albeit, they didn't try very hard). I'm waiting to see more from the p45 line and some more overclocking numbers before I decide.
Personally, the DFI seems like a better choice right now, but the P5Q is a slightly more "future proof" option.

On a somewhat different note:
Anybody know if my E6400 will work with the 1333mhz fsb of the P5Q? I've heard that older (1066) chips simply overclock to match the FSB of the board. Is this true?
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On a somewhat different note:
Anybody know if my E6400 will work with the 1333mhz fsb of the P5Q? I've heard that older (1066) chips simply overclock to match the FSB of the board. Is this true?
Yes it should overclock to that level, but it should support it as well. I am in the same boat with my Q6600 on an X38 mobo.
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I was just looking at the ASUS P5Q motherboards because of the new P45 and the ExpressGate and was compelled to see if anyone thinks it is worth getting this board over the DFI Lanparty DK P35 T2RS. The DFI seems to be very finicky with hardware, such as RAM and even the PSU. The ASUS looks attractive because the PC I will be building will be in a home setting. I am in high school and my family is pretty busy so the ASUS looks attractive because of EPU and ExpressGate. I also want to overclock it in my free time, though. Judging by what is in my sig, what would you guys recommend for me? I am also tight on money, but if the ASUS is good enough, I am willing to pay a little more.
Finicky with a PSU? That's not even funny, there's no such thing as being finicky with a PSU.

That said, the DK P35 is probably the best P35 on the market; however, it has cons. All it has is the P35 chipset, the P5Q is easier to setup and run, the DK has an immensely deep BIOS that can make one's head spin. In terms of overclocking though, they are close, if not the same. The only thing the P5Q has on the DK is CF, the P45 is an 8x8x and the P35 is a 16/4.
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