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Thursday, February 08, 2007
Asus P5WDH Deluxe

1. Introduction

Asus has a well established name in motherboards for both Intel and AMD platforms. The Asus P5W DH Deluxe board has been on the market for quite a while and we finally had the opportunity to test and compared it with other, latest release Asus boards for the Core2Duo platform. So how does the "older" Asus P5W DH Deluxe stack up against the newer P5B Deluxe and P5W64WS Pro motherboards? Let's find out...

- Asus P5W DH Deluxe

The Asus P5WDH Deluxe is based on Intel's 975 chipset, which supports Intel®Core™2Extreme, Core™2Duo, Pentium®4EE, Pentium®D, Pentium®4, CeleronD processors for Socket LGA775. It features 1066/800/533MHz FSB, dual-channel un-buffered DDR2 667/533/400 x 4DIMMs up to a maximum of 4GB.

- Features

The idea of the digital home has gained great momentum and is a great influence on the PC industry. To enjoy the full benefits of digital entertainment, you need an ASUS Digital Home series motherboard, a system that is designed solely for this purpose. The ASUS Digital Home series motherboard enables users to control the computer from a distance, setup a wireless network and take advantage of the wireless Skype phone, charge mobile devices even when the PC is turned off, and backup the database automatically. Enjoy the comforts of the digital home you deserve.

The ASUS P5W DH Deluxe is specially designed for Gamers, Personal Workstation, SoHo, high-end and multi-tasking PC users. The Intel 975X is Intel's most high-end desktop chipset, designed to support Intel's next generation CPU, ATI CrossFire Graphics, with a maximum 8GB dual-channel DDR2 800/667/533 architecture, 1066/800 FSB (front-side-bus). Easily build an entertainment PC or create a multimedia environment with its exceptionally high bandwidth. Together with the Serial ATA ports enabled through the SATA 3Gb/s RAID controller integrated in the ICH7R Southbridge, the Intel 975X satisfies multi-task processing and data security.

The main features are:

- Intel® Quad-core CPU Ready
- LGA775 socket for Intel Core2 Duo, Core2 Extreme
- Intel 975X +Intel ICH7R 1066/800MHz
- Dual-channel DDR2 800/667/ 533 max 8GB
- 2 x PCI-E x 16 / 2 x PCI-E x 1/ 3 x PCI
- Support ATI CrossFire graphics cards
- Intel Matrix Storage technology
- Dual Gigabit LAN
- Dolby Master Studio technology
- ASUS EZ-Backup
- ASUS Digital Home features

LGA775 Intel® Quad-core Processor Ready
This motherboard supports the latest Intel® Quad-core processors in LGA775 package. It's excellent for multi-tasking, multi-media and enthusiastic gamers with 1066/800 MHz FSB. Intel® Quad-core is one of the most powerful CPU in the world.

Intel® 65nm Dual-Core CPU support
This motherboard supports Intel Pentium D/Pentium 4/Celeron dual-core processors built on the 65-nanometer (nm) process technology with copper interconnect.


Intel® MPT (Intel® Memory Pipeline Technology)
The Intel® Memory Pipeline Technology (Intel MPT) delivers additional system-level performance by optimizing memory access between CPU and system memory, and allows increased performance at standard operating specifications.

Intel 975X chipset
The Intel 975X is the latest chipset designed to support Dual PCI Express graphics, along with the maximum 8GB dual-channel DDR2 667/533 architecture, 1066/800 FSB (front-side-bus), and Dual-core CPU. Easily build a workstation or create a multimedia environment with its exceptionally high bandwidth. Together with the Serial ATA ports enabled through the SATA 3Gb/s RAID controller integrated in the ICH7R Southbridge, the Intel 975X satisfies multi-task processing and data security.

ATI CrossFire Technology
ATI's CrossFire boosts image quality along with rendering speed, eliminating the need to crank down screen resolutions to get the high image quality you want. CrossFire ignites with the higher antialiasing, anisotropic filtering, shading, and texture settings you desire.

ASUS EZ-Backup™
Others guarantee your hard-drive, EZ-Backup guarantees your data on the hard-drive.

No driver, no configuration, just plug and play RAID to backup your data instantaneously. Exclusive to ASUS EZ-Backup™, users can utilize SATA2 technology to arrange RAID1 (default) or RAID0 system without BIOS or any other setup. EZ-Backup™ is ideal for anyone who wishes to secure the data on the hard-drive but doesn't want the hassle of complicated software configuration. EZ-Backup™ looks after your data for you.


Asus DH Remote™
It's finally here, the convenient remote controller for your PC!

Introducing DH Remote™, a convenient PC remote controller that gives users unprecedented control over their PCs from the comfort of their couches. With the touch of a button, users can quickly power their PCs on/off, put the computer into suspend mode, and turn the computer noise down.

Moreover, revolutionary ASUS technology allows users to run wireless devices such as Skype and wireless AP while the computer is still sleeping. Of course the remote gives you all of the features of a more traditional remote as well, such as volume control, play, pause, fast-forward or rewind. Users can also customize the buttons to suit specific needs. Have DH Remote™ in your hand and do more with your PC at a distance away!


ASUS WiFi-AP Solo
Why buy wireless AP off the store when you can have it on board?

WiFi AP Solo allows a new level of versatility for your PC, enabling it to create a complete wireless home network in either AP or wireless client mode. Users will be able to play LAN games, connect to the Internet, access and share printers, and use Skype from anywhere within range. WiFi-AP Solo can provide these functions even when the PC is in sleep mode, so users can use Skype as a true replacement for tradition long distance telephone service. WiFi-AP Solo is an on-board feature, which means that user will save the extra WiFi AP cost.


ASUS MP3-In™
Turn your mp3 player into a stereo system!

You can turn off your PC, and still use your computer speakers for any of your portable music players. Better sound quality without further stereo equipment cost.


ASUS Q-Connector

The ASUS Q-Connector allows you to connect or disconnect chassis front panel cables in one easy step with one complete module. This unique adapter eliminates the trouble of plugging in one cable at a time, making connection quick and accurate.


ASUS has devoted special efforts to address the thermal issues across the motherboard, and most notably the areas that reside the CPU, power, VGA, Northbridge and Southbridge.

Stack Cool 2

Stack Cool 2 is a fan-less and zero-noise cooling solution offered exclusively by ASUS. 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.


8 Phase Power Design

ASUS 8-Phase Power Design keeps CPU and power module away from suffering risk of high power stress, which makes CPU lifetime much longer and system more stable. Furthermore, It provides high efficiency operation to generate less heat than conventional power solutions and consequently achieve cool system environment. With this strong power pump, this motherboard is made for overclocking.


Fanless Design: Heat-pipe Thermal solution

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. The heat pipe, heat sinks and strategic board layout were tailor made to dissipate heat in the most efficient manner.


ASUS two-slot thermal design (ASUS exclusive)

ASUS two-slot thermal design provides better air-flow and lower VGA cards temperature than other brands one-slot design, which also ensures better system stability and longer component life cycle.


DDR2 800 Support

To attain top performance, ASUS engineers successfully unleashed the true potential of DDR2 memory. Native DDR2 800 maximizes system performance by eliminating the bottleneck when overclocking both the CPU and memory, providing great performance for 3D graphics and other memory demanding applications.


ASUS Hyper Path3

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.


AI NOS™
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.


PEG Link
This latest technology, PEG (PCI Express Graphics) Link Mode, is a unique feature that enables users to boost graphics card performance for superior video quality.

PEG Link allows users to raise GPU and VGA memory throughput via the motherboard BIOS the same way system bus and memory bus are tweaked. PEG Link Mode enables powerful video performance on DX8 and DX9 applications. ASUS engineers carefully fine-tuned the parameters for every single PCI-Express card to provide system stability during high-speed graphics operation.


Precision Tweaker
Precision Tweaker is designed for serious overclockers. It offers ways to raise system performance inch-by-inch and step-by-step to achieve maximum performance! This is about getting the most out of your machine, and taking pride in your customized computer. Precision Tweaker provides overclocking options for all major parts of the system: CPU, Memory, PCI-Express, and Front Side Bus.

vDIMM
Take control of how much power is going into the memory modules. ASUS gives you 12-step voltage control to the DIMM
vCore
Find out "exactly" how much power your CPU needs. Fine-tune it with 0.0125 volts at a time!
PCI-Express x16 Frequency
Explore the frequency options of your PCI-Express x16 graphics card
SFS
SFS (Stepless Frequency Selection) allows FSB tuning from 200MHz up to 400MHz at 1MHz increments.

Dolby Master Studio

A person who truly knows good entertainment appreciates good acoustic presence. AI Lifestyle 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 P5W DH Deluxe , appreciate the quality of sound, and indulge your sense of hearing.
-Dolby Prologic IIx -Dolby Virtual speaker
-Dolby Headphone -Dolby Digital Live


CrashFree BIOS 3

The ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 allows users to restore corrupted BIOS data from a USB flash disk containing the BIOS file. This utility saves users the cost and hassle of buying a replacement BIOS chip.


EZ-Flash2

EZ Flash 2 is a user-friendly BIOS update utility. Simply press the predefined hotkey to launch the utility and update the BIOS without entering the OS. Update your BIOS easily without preparing a bootable diskette or using an OS-based flash utility.


SATA on the Go

The motherboard supports 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 port located at the back I/O provides smart setup and hot-plug functions. Easily backup photos, videos and other entertainment contents on external devices.


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 1394a

IEEE 1394a interface provides high speed digital interface for audio / video appliances such as digital television, digital video camcorders, storage peripherals & other PC portable devices.


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.

- Full specifications

CPU
Intel® Quad-core CPU Ready
LGA775 socket for Intel® Pentium 4/Celeron CPU
Support Intel Pentium® Processor Extreme Edition & Intel Pentium® D Processor
Support Intel 65nm, Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Extreme
Compatible with Intel 05B/ 05A and 04B/04A processors
Intel EM64T and Hyper-Threading Technology ready
* Please update the latest BIOS to support Intel Quad-core CPU
Chipset
Intel 975X
Intel ICH7R
Front Side Bus
1066/ 800 MHz
Memory
Dual channel memory architecture
4 x 240-pin DIMM sockets support max. 8GB DDR2 800/ 667/ 533 ECC and non-ECC memory
Intel MPT (Intel Memory Pipeline Technology)
ASUS Hyper Path3
Expansion Slots
2 x PCI Express x 16 slot for discrete graphics card
2 x PCI Express x 1
3 x PCI
CrossFire
Support ATI CrossFire graphics cards (both @ x8 mode)
ASUS two-slot thermal design
ASUS PEG Link
Advanced Thermal Design
ASUS 8-Phase Power Design
ASUS Stack Cool2
ASUS Fanless Design: Heat-pipe Thermal solution
Storage/RAID
Intel ICH7R South Bridge:
  * 1 x UltraDMA 100/66/33
  * 3 x Serial ATA 3.0Gb/s with Intel® Matrix Storage Technology with RAID 0, 1, 5 support
Jmicron JMB363 controller
  * 1 x UltraDMA 133/100/66
  * 1x Serial SATA 3.0Gb/s
  * 1x External Serial ATA 3.0Gb/s (ASUS SATA-on-the-Go)
  * Support SATA RAID 0, 1 and JBOD (by 1x External SATA & 1x Internal SATA)
Silicon Image 4723 Hardware RAID controller (ASUS EZ-Backup)
  * 2 x Serial ATA 3.0Gb/s with RAID 0, 1 support
  * Support RAID 10 cross Intel® ICH7R and Silicon Image 4723 controller
LAN
Dual Gigabit LAN controllers
  *2 x Marvell 88E8053 Gigabit LAN Controller, both featuring AI NET2
Wireless LAN: 54Mbps IEEE 802.11g (ASUS WiFi-AP Solo™)
Audio
Realtek ALC882M High Definition Audio 8-channel CODEC
Support Multi-streaming, Jack-sensing and Jack-retasking functions
Anti Pop Function
Coaxial, Optical S/PDIF out on back I/O port
Features Dolby Master Studio technology
- Dolby Prologic IIX
- Dolby Headphone 
- Dolby Virtual Speaker
- Dolby Digital Live
IEEE 1394a
TI 1394 controller supports 2 x 1394a ports
USB
Max. 8 USB2.0/1.1 ports
ASUS Digital Home Accessories
1 x Asus DH Remote™
1 x ASUS DH Remote™ Receiver
1 x ASUS MP3-In™ module
1 x ASUS WiFi-AP Solo Antenna
2 x ASUS EZ-Backup™ SATA cables
ASUS AI Lifestyle Features
Stack Cool 2 patented fanless cooling system
"SATA on the Go" External SATA connector
AI Quiet
Overclocking Features
AI NOS™ (Non-delay Overclocking System)
ASUS PEG Link
Precision Tweaker: 
- vDIMM: 12-step DRAM voltage control 
- vCore: Adjustable CPU voltage at 0.0125 increment 
- SFS (Stepless Frequency Selection): allowing FSB tuning from 200MHz up to 400MHz at 1MHz increment 
- PCIe x16 Frequency: allowing PCIe x16 frequency from 90MHz up to 150MHz at 1MHz increment"
AI Overclocking (intelligent CPU frequency tuner)
Adjustable FSB/DDR ratio. Fixed PCI/PCIe frequencies.
ASUS AI Booster utility
ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)
Other ASUS Special Features
CrashFree BIOS 3
EZ-Flash2
Q-Fan2
Multi-language BIOS
MyLogo2
BIOS
8 Mb Flash ROM,AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI2.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.3
Manageability
WOL by PME, WOR by PME, Chassis Intrusion, PXE & RPL
Back Panel I/O Ports
1 x Serial Port
1 x Optical + 1 x Coaxial S/PDIF Output
1 x PS/2 Keyboard
1 x PS/2 Mouse
2 x RJ45
4 x USB 2.0/1.1
1 x IEEE1394a
1 x External SATA port
1 x WiFi-AP Solo™ antenna jack
8-Channel Audio I/O
Internal I/O Connectors
2 x USB 2.0 connectors supports additional 4 USB 2.0 ports
1 x IEEE1394a connector
CPU /  2 x Chassis(system) / 2 x Power Fan connectors
Front panel Audio connector
ASUS EZ-Backup jumpers
Chassis Intrusion connector
CD audio-in connector
MP3-In connector (Red)
SPDIF out connector
System panel connector
Azalia Digital Header
24-pin ATX Power connector
4-pin EATX12V Power connector
Support CD
Drivers
Make RAID driver Disk for Intel ICH7R and JMB 363
ASUS DH Remote Application
ASUS WiFi-AP Solo™ Wizard
ASUS PC Probe 2
ASUS LiveUpdate Utility
Anti-virus software (OEM version)
ASUS Digital Home Features
ASUS EZ-Backup™  
-  2 x Serial ATA 3.0Gb/s support hardware RAID 0 or RAID 1 mode 
-  Plug and play: Default setting in RAID 1 mode, no driver, no BIOS configuration required

ASUS WiFi-AP Solo  
54 Mbps IEEE 802.11g and backwards compatible with 11 Mbps IEEE 802.11b 
- Software Access point mode  
- Station mode : Infrastructure mode and Ad-Hoc mode

Asus DH Remote™  
- Power 
- Quick Power 
- Noise Off 
- EZ WiFi 
- Full Screen 
- AP Launch 
- Media Control Zone

ASUS MP3-In™
Accessories

1 x ASUS Q-Connector set (USB, 1394, system panel; Retail version only)
1 x Optional Fan
1 x IEEE1394a port module
2 x SATA cables
1 x SATA power cable for 2 devices
1 x UltraDMA 133/100/66 cable
1 x IDE cable
1 x FDD cable
1 x I/O Shield
1 x 2-port USB2.0 module
User's manual

Form Factor
ATX Form Factor, 12"x 9.6"(30.5cm x 24.5cm)




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