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Wednesday, September 07, 2005
Asus P5LD2 Deluxe

1. Introduction

We all know that Asus is one of the largest manufacturers, known for its reliable and high quality products in motherboards, in a highly competitive market. However, Asus has also attained the reputation for creating high performance, feature packed motherboards.

In our previous review, we tested the P5WD2 Premium Asus motherboard which is based on the 955X Intel chipset. This time round, the P5LD2 Deluxe motherboard employs the 945P chipset and since both boards have almost identical components, it would be rather interesting to see what differences exist between them, based on the two new chipsets from Intel.

- Features

AI Life Series
AI Life Series motherboards bring lifestyle and personal computing together. They entertain you with TV, radio and Dolby support, and link you to the rest of the world via wireless connection(WiFi-TV bundle edition only). To create a peaceful environment, several new and improved innovations are also included to reduce noise and temperature. Don't change your way of life for a computer. Instead let the ASUS Life Series improve the quality of your life.

Stack Cool 2
Stack Cool 2 is a fan-less and zero-noise cooling solution. It effectively transfers heat generated by the critical components to the other side of the specially designed PCB (printed circuit board) for effective heat dissipation.
AI Quiet
With PCs serving as the entertainment centerpiece and playing a bigger role in our lives, quiet operation is in high demand. No one wants to hear the cooling fan spinning when watching a movie or listening to music. The ASUS AI Quiet function dynamically controls CPU speed and reduces temperature and fan speeds when peace and quiet are what you desire.
Wifi-TV PCI Card
Connectivity and entertainment are the key words of personal computing in the 21st Century, and the AI Life Series delivers both.
(Note: Optional, the WiFi-TV card has to be purchased separately)
Total Wireless Solution
Offering IEEE 802.11a/b/g standards all in one add-on card, the WiFi-TV PCI card allows convenient wireless connection to the Internet and other digital devices. Share photos, videos and MP3 music files between the wireless devices at home without the tangling wires. Moreover, the unique setup wizard makes establishing a wireless environment a piece of cake.
- Easily sync up with Centrino notebooks and other wireless devices
- 802.11a standard offers less signal interference and better performance
- Setup wizard simplifies wireless network establishment
TV-Tuner
No need to spend extra money to own PVR (personal video recording). The ASUS TV-tuner lets you watch, record, pause and even replay your favorite scenes and sport plays! The WiFi-TV Card offers TV tuner and FM radio! The analog TV/digital TV combo presents the most flexible way to enjoy regular and digital TV (DVB-T only) with a single on screen switch!
- Television, FM radio
- Edit video recorded on your camcorder with the bundled Cyberlink
Power Director.
- Enjoy great multimedia experience with the bundled Cyberlink
Power Cinema
SATA on the Go
The motherboard supports the next-generation hard drives based on the Serial ATA (SATA) 3Gb/s storage specification, delivering enhanced scalability and doubling the bus bandwidth for high-speed data retrieval and saves. The external SATA ports located at the back I/O provide smart setup and hot-plug functions. Easily backup photos, videos and other entertainment contents on external devices.

 

Intel 945 chipset
The Intel 945P is the latest and one of the most powerful chipsets in personal computing. It supports 1066MHz FSB (front-side-bus), PCI Express graphics and dual-channel DDR2 memory, and Intel's dual-core CPU for fast multi-tasking. Combined with the Intel ICH7R that provides four Serial ATA II ports with various RAID options and PCI Express interface, the motherboard is an excellent foundation for a powerful desktop.
Intel LGA775 Pentium 4 CPU
This motherboard supports the latest Pentium 4 CPU from Intel in LGA775 package. With 1066/ 800/ 533MHz FSB, 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.
Theatre-Level Audio with Dolby Master Studio
A person who truly knows good entertainment appreciates good acoustic presence. AI Life Series motherboards offer 8-channel audio output and sound spec higher than that of DVD. Enjoy true home theatre experience with the supreme Dolby Master Studio and hear your movies in 7.1 surround sound. With the P5LD2 Deluxe, appreciate the quality of sound, and indulge your sense of hearing.
- Dolby Prologic IIx
- Dolby Digital EX
- Dolby Headphone
- Dolby Virtual speaker
- Dolby Digital Live
Dual-Core CPU
Enjoy the extraordinary CPU power from the latest dual-core CPU. The advanced processing technology contains two physical CPU cores with individually dedicated L2 Caches to satisfy the rising demand for more powerful processing capability.
Universal PCI Express
The Universal PCI Express technology offers utilization flexibility of the Southbridge PCI Express interface. It enables users to plug in an additional PCI Express graphics card to set up a dual graphics card platform on a single motherboard. ASUS' own smart quick switch further detects how users installed their PCI Express devices, and intelligently reroutes the PCI Express lanes for optimized bandwidth allocation.
Hyper Path 3
Data transfers within the system are made possible by various mechanisms that synchronize the sending and receiving of commends among components. Unfortunately, these mechanisms cause data transfer delays known as latency time. This unique feature significantly shortens latency time during data transfers, allowing users to experience the real power of their computers.
Fanless Design
Cooling fans, though a popular thermal solution, also come with noise and malfunction likelihood. ASUS Motherboard's fanless concept is specifically created to provide a cool environment without all the baggage. ASUS has devoted special efforts to address the thermal issues across the motherboard, and most notably the areas that reside the CPU, power, Northbridge and Southbridge. The heat sinks and strategic board layout are tailor made to dissipate heat in the most efficient manner. With the addition of Stack Cool 2, users can even overclock without a noisy, bulky fan.

 

You can see the full specifications in the table below:

CPU
Socket 775 for Intel Pentium D / Pentium 4 / Celeron
Intel® EM64T / EIST
Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology ready
New power design supports Intel® next generation 04B/04A & 05B/05A CPU
Chipset
Intel 945P
ICH7R
Front Side Bus
1066/ 800/ 533 MHz
Memory
4 x DIMM, max. 4GB, DDR2 667/533/400, non-ECC, un-buffered memory
Dual Channel Architecture
Expansion Slots
2 x PCI-E x16
- Default (single VGA): x16, Auto Select
1 x PCI-E x1
3 x PCI
PCI 2.2,
Storage/RAID
Intel ICH7R South Bridge:
1 x UltraDMA 100/66/33
4 x Serial ATA (3Gb/s)
RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 10 and Intel Matrix Storage technology.
ITE 8211F controller:
2 x UltraDMA 133/100/66 support two hard drives
Silicon Image 3132 Controller:
1 x Internal Serial ATA (3Gb/s
1 x External Serial ATA (3Gb/s)
RAID 0, RAID 1, JBOD, RAID 0, 1, 10, 5 with Additional Port Multiplier
LAN
Marvell 88E8053 PCI-E Gb LAN controller
Audio
Realtek ALC882M, 8-ch High-Definition Audio CODEC
Dolby® Master Studio
Jack Sensing and Enumeration
Universal Audio Jack
S/PDIF out interface
IEEE 1394
TI 1394 controller with 2 1394a ports
USB
8 USB2.0 ports
ASUS AI Life Features
WiFi-TV (optional)
-Digital TV(DVB-T only), Analog TV, FM
-WiFi@home 802.11a/b/g
ASUS AI Quiet
ASUS Stack Cool 2
"SATA on the Go" External SATA connector
BIOS
8 Mb Flash ROM, AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI2.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.3, Multi-language BIOS, ASUS EZ Flash, ASUS CrashFree BIOS 2
Manageability
WOL by PME,WOR by PME, Chassis Intrusion
Back Panel I/O Ports
1 x Parallel
1 x PS/2 Keyboard
1 x PS/2 Mouse
1 x Audio I/O
1 x External SATA
1 x RJ45
1 x S/PDIF Out (Coaxial+Optical)
4 x USB
1 x IEEE1394
Internal I/O Connectors
2 x USB connector supports additional 4 USB ports
CPU / Chassis *2 / Power FAN connectors
24-pin ATX Power connector
4-pin EZ Plug
8-pin EATX 12V Power connector
IDE LED connector, power LED connector
Chassis Intrusion
CD audio in
1 x IEEE1394 ports
GAME/MIDI connector
5 x SATA II ports
COM2 connector
Front panel audio connector
Support CD
Drivers
ASUS PC Probe II
AI Booster
Anti-Virus Software
InterVideo WinDVD Suite
ASUS LiveUpdate
Accessories
User's manual
UltraDMA cable
IDE cable
FDD cable
COM cable
2-port USB / Game module
I/O shield
SATA cable
GT Soft Bridge
1 port 1394 module
WiFi-TV Accessories (bundle version only)
CyberLink PowerCinema (OEM version)
PAL to NTSC Adapter
1 x Omnidirectional dual-band wireless antenna
1 x FM Antenna
1 x Remote control + USB Receiver
WiFi-TV User's Manual
CyberLink PowerDirector
Form Factor
ATX, 12" x 9.6" (30.5cm x 24.5cm)




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