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NCIX finally got them in stock; i just ordered mine.

I have a feeling these are going to be very popular motherboards, but only time will tell.

http://asus.com/search.aspx?searchitem=1&searchkey=p5q

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anyone know how high the NB cooler rises off the board? i wonder if it will get in the way of bigger cpu coolers like the Tuniq Tower or TRUE 120, etc. the board looks bad a$$ though. i just wish they would keep a simpler color scheme. by that i mean make the sata ports blue, the PCI and the RAM slots as well. just my
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I am going to find out the hard way...my TRUE had better fit, or i won't be thrilled.

I shouldn't make semi-impulse buys like this...might end up badly.
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just read a review on it... seems like P5Q doesn't like to work with DDR2... but hopefully it will work out for you

keep us posted with your results!!
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Quote:
Originally Posted by -n7- View Post
I am going to find out the hard way...my TRUE had better fit, or i won't be thrilled.

I shouldn't make semi-impulse buys like this...might end up badly.
So did it fit?
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so how is this board in terms of overclocking? anyone using this board and can share some info with us? i'm particularly interested in the 'deluxe'. thanks
    
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Sorry guys, didn't get around to updating here yet.

I got the mobo...it's nice.

Here's a whole bunch of very high rez pics of it!

http://n7.slayernine.com/files/P5Q-D_mobo_pics/

Yes, the TRUE fits, barely

http://n7.slayernine.com/files/P5Q-D...s/IMG_2656.JPG
http://n7.slayernine.com/files/P5Q-D...s/IMG_2658.JPG

I quite like the board; definitely the best Intel-based one i've ever used.

Currently what i am running:
8x442 (3536 MHz) 5:6 (DDR2-1061 5-5-5-15 tRD 8 + pull-ins enabled)


My current bios pics...still tweaking things for my 8 GB; will be lowering NB & RAM voltage later.




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I have question, I'm plannin on building a new rig very soon and I have 2 choices for mobo:
P5Q-Deluxe and the Maximus II Formula. I dont noe which one is the better choice. Isn't the Maximus very similar to the Deluxe?
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post #9 of 29
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Well, i've spent hours & hours changing timings & rebooting, running HCI & rebooting...etc.

Doesn't really help that i've updated bios pretty much every time a new one is out.

There are three sets of subtimings on this mobo, & unfortunately for my tweaking, one (or a few) of those timings affects HCI Memtest stability in a big way.

So i'm presently running the 1st set manually set to the same timings as auto puts them at, & the second & third set i've set one notch looser for each one, since auto sets one (or more) of them a wee bit too tight...just haven't figured out which one(s) wrecks stability...there's only like 12 to pick from

I've gotten to somewhere i'm pretty happy with in terms of performance, but also stability, though i'm still going to eventually try to figure out which of those remaining 12 subtimings prefers being set looser.

HCI Memtest stable bios settings for bios 0901:

AI Overclock tuner: Manual
CPU Ratio Setting: 8
FSB Strap to North Bridge: 333
FSB Frequency: 442
PCI-E Frequency: 101
DRAM Frequency: 1061
DRAM CLK Skew on Channel A1: AUTO
DRAM CLK Skew on Channel A2: AUTO
DRAM CLK Skew on Channel B1: AUTO
DRAM CLK Skew on Channel B2: AUTO
DRAM Timing Control: Manual

1st Information:
CAS# Latency: 5
DRAM RAS# to CAS# Delay: 5
DRAM RAS# Precharge: 5
DRAM RAS# Activate to Precharge: 15
RAS# to RAS# Delay : 3
Row Refresh Cycle Time: 55
Write Recovery Time: 6
Read to Precharge Time: 3

2nd Information :
READ to WRITE Delay (S/D): 9
Write to Read Delay (S): 4
WRITE to READ Delay (D): 6
READ to READ Delay (S): 5
READ to READ Delay (D): 7
WRITE to WRITE Delay (S): 5
WRITE to WRITE Delay (D): 7

3rd Information :
WRITE to PRE Delay: 15
READ to PRE Delay: 6
PRE to PRE Delay: 2
ALL PRE to ACT Delay: 7
ALL PRE to REF Delay: 7

DRAM Static Read Control: Disabled
DRAM Read Training: Disabled
MEM. OC Charger: Enabled
AI Clock Twister: Moderate
AI Transaction Booster: Manual
Common Performance Level: 08
All Pull-Ins: Enabled

CPU Voltage: 1.4
CPU GTL Voltage Reference (0/2): AUTO
CPU GTL Voltage Reference (1/3): AUTO
CPU PLL Voltage: 1.52
FSB Termination Voltage: 1.22
DRAM Voltage: 1.96
NB Voltage: 1.24
NB GTL Reference: AUTO
SBridge Voltage: 1.1
PCIE SATA Voltage: 1.5

Load Line Calibration: Enabled
CPU Spread Spectrum: Disabled
PCIE Spread Spectrum: Disabled
CPU Clock Skew : AUTO
NB Clock Skew : AUTO





Gotten my Everest score up a bit too, & on stable settings.
I can get it quite a bit higher, but it'll fail HCI then...
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post #10 of 29
I just got my P5Q-Deluxe last night along with a E8400 and 4GB of Mushkin DDR2(800). Overall the board has been extremely stable and recognized all the hardware without incident. I haven’t been able to really sit down and push the system but was able to hit a stable 4 ghz with a 445 FSB, 9x multiplier (1.3 vcore). Nothing amazing, but pretty decent considering I basically sat down and plugged in some numbers on the fly.

The only problem I have experienced is getting the onboard RAID to work. For some reason enabling the RAID causes the system to reboot soon after hitting the windows loading screen. For now I’m assuming I installed the wrong drivers. Another issue I had was with the CMOS battery, which can be a bit tough to get to with cards installed (the CMOS jumper is easy to get to, and only had to be used once thankfully).

The feature set is pretty overclocker friendly, with plenty of bios options, an onboard start/reset switch, and convenient bios update utility. Also the heatpipes/heatsinks around the CPU are securely bolted in place using a copper backplate and also has ample clearance for most aftermarket coolers.

I’ll get some settings and final temps up once I’ve had some time to play with the board a bit more.
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