We have already reviewed the Asus P5AD2-E Premium for LGA775
socket-type processors. This time we'll take a look at another Asus motherboard also for the 775 socket, the P5GD2 Premium.
|Asus P5GD2 Premium - Wireless Edition
Just like the P5AD2-E, the P5GD2 is designed on a black PCB. Even though
the designs of the two motherboards may at first look similar, there are still
a few visual differences which we'll examine later on.
The basic difference between the two motherboards lie beneath the
northbridge. The P5GD2 utilizes the Intel 915P chipset whereas the P5AG2 the
newer Intel 925XE. Both boards are equipped with the same black fanless heatsinks
covering the chipsets.
|Asus P5GD2 Premium Northbridge
Both motherboards use the Intel ICH6R as their southbridge
chipset. That chipset manages the USB, serial, audio, IDE and ISA I/O.
| Asus P5GD2 Premium Southbridge
As part of Asus' noiseless design philosophy, the P5AG2 Premium
uses passive cooling so no fans are needed for cooling the chipset.
The packaging for the P5GD2 is similar to all other ai Proactive boards.
The ai Proactive logo is splashed across the front of the silver and black
As you open the box, you will notice one thing: the board ships
with a lot of accessories. If you forget how the contents were laid out in
box, you will surely have a hard time putting them back in and then closing
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
InterVideo WinDVD Suite (OEM version)
Asus Drivers CD
ASUS PC Probe
ASUS LiveUpdate Utility
Anti-virus software (OEM version)
All Asus motherboards are covered by a 3-year warranty.