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Which would be a better overclocker? also, does the P5Q-E have 2 x PCI-E 2.0 x16 slots? is one "cherry-picked" from the P5Q batch, or of better quality than the other?

another factor: the P5Q-E only has a "Limited Non-Refundable 30-Day Return Policy" whereas the P5Q Pro has a "Limited 30-Day Return Policy"

the P5Q-E cannot be returned for a refund, only a replacement. The P5Q Pro can be returned for a refund or replacement...within 30 days, of course

all advice appreciated...
    
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All p45 boards only have 2 pci expressx16 but when u run in Crossfire, the slots only run x8/x8.
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All p45 boards only have 2 pci expressx16 but when u run in Crossfire, the slots only run x8/x8.
right, so now which board would be a better OCer?
    
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That, i cannot answer. They seem really similar. If it was me, I'd go for the cheaper one so the pro.

EDIT: the p5q-e looks to have better cooling of the NB and SB which should be better than the pro. Lower nb will allow u to bumb up nb volts for more stable overclocks.
Edited by tkl.hui - 6/18/08 at 6:09pm
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P5Q-E has most of bios features from the P5Q Deluxe. The P5Q Pro is missing a few things or so I am told.
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I just installed a P5Q Pro into a friends computer over the weekend, and was able to do some mild overclocking using 2x 1gb Mushkin DDR2 800 (4-4-4-12) @1.9v, and a E6700 (lapped) @1.4v. Overall the board was a breeze to work with, and I was able to get a fairly reasonable overclock with minimal effort: E6700@ 3.6ghz, FSB 401, mem-timings 4-4-4-12; not too bad considering the voltages were kept pretty safe.

There were a couple times when the BIOS didn’t recover after a restart and required a CMOS clear, but nothing out of the ordinary as far as OCing is concerned. The saved OC profile feature is a nice addition for making final tweaks, although it’s also pretty standard on most recent motherboards. After overclocking, the system seemed fairly stable with 30 min of Orthos Blend followed by an evening of gaming without incident. I didn’t bother to check the temps, but assume they are pretty reasonable considering the voltages used, and stability.


The layout is fairly standard, and there were no clearance issues with the vid card (asus 4850), or CPU cooler (AC Freezer 7 Pro, lapped). Onboard USB, Sound, and LAN worked without incident after installing the drivers in Win XP. Also the energy management system seemed like a cool if not semi-gimmicky function. It did not seem to adversely affect stability or performance.


Also, ordered a P5Q Deluxe and E8400 which should be coming in tomorrow, I'll try to post an update later this week.
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post #9 of 9
there's a third PCI-express slot on the P5Q-E, its hardwired x4 though so kinda useless.
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