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Thursday, February 03, 2005
Asus P5AD2-E Premium

2. Features

02 - Asus P5AD2-E Premium - Features

CPU - LGA775 socket for Intel Pentium 4/Celeron CPU
- Compatible with Intel 04B and 04A processors
- Intel Hyper-Threading Technology ready
Chipset Intel 925XE
Intel ICH6R
Front Side Bus 1066 / 800 / 533 MHz
Expansion Slots 1 x PCI Express x16 slot for discrete graphics card
2 x PCI Express x1
3 x PCI
Storage/Raid Intel ICH6R South Bridge:
- 1 x UltraDMA 100/66/33
- 4 x Serial ATA with Intel Matrix Storage Technology with RAID 0, 1 support
Silicon Image 3114R RAID controller:
- 4 x Serial ATA, RAID 0, 1, 10, 5 (RAID 5 software patch available, no WHQL)
ITE IDE RAID controller:
- 2 x UltraDMA 133/100/66 with JBOD, RAID 0, 1, 0+1 support
LAN Dual Gigabit LAN controllers
2 x Marvell PCIe 88E8053 Gigabit LAN Controller, features AI NET2
Wireless LAN: WiFi-g 54 Mbps IEEE 802.11g and backwards compatible with 11 Mbps 802.11b
- Access Point function (under WinXP, 2003)
- Bundle an external antenna
- One-touch wizard
- Wireless bridge, a.k.a. WDS or wireless repeater (under WinXP, 2003)
Audio - C-Media High Definition Audio 8-channel CODEC
- Coaxial, Optical S/PDIF out on back I/O port
- Features Dolby Digital Live technology
IEEE 1394b/a TI 1394b controller supports
- 2 x 1394b ports @ 800 Mbps speed
- 1 x 1394a ports @ 400 Mbps speed
USB Max. 8 USB2.0 ports
ASUS AI Proactive Features AI NOS (Non-delay Overclocking System)
AI NET2 network diagnosis before entering OS
WiFi-g powered by WiFi@HOME technology
Stack Cool patented fanless cooling system
Overclocking Features - AI NOS (Non-delay Overclocking System)
- AI Overclocking (intelligent CPU frequency tuner)
- CPU, Memory, and PCIe x16 voltage adjustable
- SFS (Stepless Frequency Selection) from 100MHz up to 400MHz at 1MHz increment
- Adjustable FSB/DDR ratio. Fixed PCI/PCIe frequencies.
- ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)
Other ASUS Special Features CrashFree BIOS 2
Q-Fan2
Post Reporter
Multi-language BIOS
MyLogo2
BIOS 8 Mb Flash ROM,AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI2.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.3
Back Panel I/O Ports 1 x Parallel
1 x WLAN antenna jack (optional)
1 x Optical + 1 x Coaxial S/PDIF Output
1 x PS/2 Keyboard
1 x PS/2 Mouse
1 x RJ45
4 x USB 2.0/1.1
1 x IEEE1394a
8-Channel Audio I/O
Internal I/O Connectors 2 x USB 2.0 connectors supports additional 4 USB 2.0 ports
1 x LAN connector
2 x IEEE1394 connectors
1 x COM connector
1 x GAME/MIDI connector
CPU / 2 x Chassis / Power Fan connectors
Front panel High Definition Audio connector
Chassis Intrusion connector
CD audio-in connector
24-pin ATX Power connector
4-pin ATX 12V Power connector
Support CD Drivers
ASUS PC Probe
ASUS LiveUpdate Utility
Anti-virus software (OEM version)
Accessories InterVideo WinDVD Suite (OEM version)
1 x Wireless LAN antenna (optional)
1 x 2-port IEEE1394b / 1-port RJ45 module
10 x Serial ATA cables
1 x SATA Extension module for external devices
4 x 2-port SATA power cable
1 x 2-port USB2.0 / Game module
1 x COM Port module
2 x UltraDMA 133/100/66 cable
1 x IDE cable
1 x FDD cable
1 x I/O Shield
User's manual
Form Factor ATX Form Factor, 12"x 9.6"(30.5cm x 24.5cm)

The P5AD2-E Premium is one of the most comprehensive ASUS AI Proactive series motherboards. Featuring onboard wireless LAN, triple RAID systems, dual gigabit Ethernet LAN, 1394b, and the most advanced PC technologies from the Intel 925XE chipsets, the P5AD2-E Premium is the best choice to build a server at home. With its unsurpassed performance, the P5AD2-E Premium also works perfectly as a high-end gaming machine or a task-intensive workstation.

Some of the P5AD2-Premium's features deserve a little more attention:

DDR2 711 Native Support
Although Intel's 925XE chipsets claimed to only support DDR2 400/533, ASUS engineers successfully unleashed their true potential. This model offers native DDR2 711, eliminating the bottleneck when overclocking both the CPU and memory. With current processors supporting 1066MHz FSB, ASUS motherboards, the only solutions with native DDR2 711, will provide superior performance for the most demanding applications.

Hyper Path2 - Shorten Memory Latency
The innovative ASUS Hyper Path2 significantly shortens the latency time between the CPU and memory on 925XE chipsets and improves memory performance without sacrificing stability. Enabling both Hyper Path2 and Intel PAT (Performance Acceleration Technology) on the ASUS 925XE based motherboards, delivers powerful computing never seen before.

Intel 925XE chipset
The Intel 925XE Express chipset is a new breed of Intel's state-of-the-art desktop chipsets. It supports the latest PC technologies such as LGA775 Pentium 4 CPU, dual-channel DDR2 memory architecture, and PCI Express x16 graphics card interface.

Its PAT (performance acceleration technology) function boosts the system performance without sacrificing any system stability. Companioned with the ICH6R Southbridge chip to provide integrated 4-port SATA RAID controller, PCI Express x1 interfaces and 8 high-speed USB 2.0 ports, the Intel 925XE chipset is the best solution for high-end desktop system.
Intel LGA775 Pentium 4 CPU
This motherboard supports the latest Pentium 4 CPU from Intel in LGA775 package. With 800MHz FSB, 1 MB L2 cache, Hyper-Threading Technology and core-speeds up to 3.6GHz and beyond, Intel's LGA775 Pentium 4 is one of the fastest desktop processors to date.
Intel PAT
The Intel Performance Acceleration Technology (Intel PAT) delivers additional system-level performance by optimizing memory access between CPU and system memory, and allows increased performance at standard operating specifications.
PCI Express Architecture
PCI Express is the latest I/O interconnect technology that will replace the existing PCI. With a bus bandwidth 4 times higher than that of AGP 8X interface, PCI Express x16 bus performs much better than AGP 8X in applications such as 3D gaming. PCI Express x1 also outperforms PCI interface with its exceptional high bandwidth up to 500MB/s. The high speed PCI Express interface creates new usages on desktop PCs e.g., Gigabit LAN, 1394b, and high-speed RAID systems.
Cooler Overclocking and Quieter Operation!
Heat causes instability and shortens system lifecycle, and motherboard power circuitry is a major thermal source. The patented Stack Cool™ technology utilizes a mini PCB stacked against the main PCB to conduct heat away from power components, resulting in a 10° Celsius reduction. And voila! Cooler overclocking, quieter fan operation, greater stability and longer system life without you doing a thing.
Wireless setup made affordable and easy!
WEP? SSID? Building a home WLAN used to be a hassle with confusing acronyms and cryptic menus. With WiFi-g™ and its one-touch setup wizard, high-speed wireless network is just a few clicks away. WiFi-g™ serves as the access point of your network or if you already have an access point, it is also a wireless adapter for PCs to access existing WLAN.
(WiFi-g™ compliant to IEEE 802.11g 54 Mbps data transfer)
Boost performance when you need it the most!
Applications such as 3D games and video editing demand a huge chunk of system resource.
Inject "nitrous oxide" into your CPU! The patented AI NOS™ (Non-delay Overclocking System) technology intelligently detects system load and automatically boosts performance for the most demanding tasks. Unlike other dynamic overclocking techniques, AI NOS™ reacts much faster to satisfy your unending need for speeds.
Diagnose LAN connection before entering OS!
Network problems are often caused by bad cable connection.
AI NET2 remotely detects cable connection the second you turn on the system, and any faulty connections are reported back up to 100 meters at 1 meter accuracy.
High Definition Audio 
Enjoy high-end sound system on your PC! The onboard 8-channel HD audio (High Definition Audio, previously codenamed Azalia) CODEC enables high-quality 192KHz/24-bit audio output, jack-sensing feature, retasking functions and multi-streaming technology that simultaneously sends different audio streams to different destinations. You can now talk to your partners on the headphone while playing a multi-channel network games. All of these are done on one computer. The Dolby Digital Live technology from Dolby Lab encodes the multi-channel audio source into AC-3 bit-stream and outputs it to S/PDIF port in real time.

Stack Cool

Dual Gigabit LAN
The integrated dual Gigabit LAN design allows a PC to serve as a network gateway for managing traffic between two separate networks. This capability ensures rapid transfer of data from WAN to LAN without any added arbitration or latency. No more bottleneck to handle large amounts of data such as video, audio, and voice.

IEEE 1394b/a
1394b (FireWire 800) — with its higher bandwidth up to 800 Mbps, longer distances and much higher-powered bus — is more suitable for bandwidth-intensive applications like digital video (DV), professional audio, hard drives, which often consume hundreds or even thousands of megabytes of data per file. With backwards compatibility with 1394a, this motherboard provides 1 x 1394a and 2 x 1394b ports.

Serial ATA & IDE RAID
The onboard Silicon Image Sil3114R and ITE 8212F RAID controllers plus the Intel ICH6R southbridge provide the best solution to your RAID requirements on different storage standards. The Intel ICH6R supports RAID 0, 1 and Intel Matrix RAID Technology on 4 Serial ATA ports. The Silicon Image Sil3114R controller offers four additional SATA interfaces and allows RAID 0, 1, 10, JBOD, and a RAID software patch to support RAID 5. For IDE hard disk drives, the ITE 8212F controller provides RAID 0, 1 , 0+1 functionality for two ATA133 channels.

ASUS Q-Fan2
ASUS Q-Fan2 technology intelligently adjusts both CPU fan and chassis fan speeds according to system loading to ensure quiet, cool and efficient operation.

S/PDIF-out on Back I/O Port
This motherboard provides convenient connectivity to external home theater audio systems via an optical or coaxial S/PDIF-out (SONY-PHILIPS Digital Interface) jack. It allows to transfer digital audio without converting to analog format and keeps the best signal quality.

Max. 8 USB 2.0 ports supports
USB 2.0 is the latest connectivity standard for next generation components and peripherals. Backwards compatible with current USB 1.1 peripherals, USB 2.0 delivers transfer speeds up to 40 times faster at 480Mb/s, for easy connectivity and ultra-fast data transfers.

Multi-language BIOS
The multi-language BIOS allows you to select the language of your choice from the available options. The localized BIOS setup menu helps you configure your system easier and faster.

ASUS CrashFree BIOS2
The CrashFree BIOS2 feature now includes the BIOS auto-recovery function in a support CD. Users can reboot their system through the support CD when a bootable disk is not available, and go through the simple BIOS auto-recovery process.
ASUS motherboards now enable users to enjoy this protection feature without the need to pay for an optional ROM.

C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)
When the system hangs due to overclocking failure, there is no need to open the case to clear CMOS data. Just simply restart the system, the BIOS would show the previous setting and then users can amend the CPU setting again.

WinDVD Suite (On Retail Version Only)
ASUS motherboards, intensifying leadership in the IT industry, now bundle the versatile InterVideo WinDVD Suite. This multifaceted software set includes the latest multimedia software(OEM version), bringing forth the multimedia features of ASUS motherboards to the best!




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