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Friday, September 26, 2008
Asus P5Q Deluxe

1. Introduction, features

The Intel P45 platform represents the new era for motherboard designers, passing to the 65nm manufacturing process and arming the board with many new features and of course better performance. Recently we had tested the Gigabyte P45 motherboard and the first impressions with the chipset were encouraging.

Today we have in our hands Asus's implementation of the P45 chip, the high-end P5Q Deluxe model.

- Asus P5Q Deluxe

The Asus P5Q Deluxe comes armed with all the experience Asus had gained the Taiwanese company promotes it as a motherboard that will be your next best friend. Looking at the specs quickly, we can see that this motherboard has a true 16-phase Power Design, a new EPU-6 engine and of course the Express Gate feature.

Asus keeps using 100% High-quality Japan-made Conductive Polymer Capacitors (5000hrs VRM) providing stable operation and long life. Last but not certainly not least, the motherboard supports VRD11.1 CPUs with backward support VRD10.X models of course.

ASUS True 16-Phase Power Design

The technology of 16-phase VRM design is brought to the ASUS motherboards. 16-phase power design can reach the power efficiency up to 96%+, and dispel heat generated by VRM module effectively, lowering more temperature compared to other VRM solution. With the high quality power components such as low RDS (on) MOSFETs, Ferrite core chokes with lower hysteresis loss and 100% Japan-made high quality conductive polymer capacitors, ASUS 16-phase VRM design also ensure longer component life, minimum power loss, and help to reach higher overclocking scores.


Best Quality Power Components
100% High-quality Japan-made Conductive Polymer Capacitors!(5000 hrs VRM). Low RDS (on) MOSFETs with min. switching loss & lower temperature, Ferrite Core chokes with lower hysteresis loss, and 100% Japan-made high quality, long life conductive polymer capacitors.


ASUS EPU-6 Engine

The new ASUS EPU power saving engine has been upgraded to a new 6 engine version, which provides total system power savings by detecting current PC loadings and intelligently moderating power in real-time. With auto phase switching for components (which includes the CPU, VGA card, memory, chipset, hard drives and CPU cooler/system fans), the EPU automatically provides the most appropriate power usage via intelligent acceleration and overclocking.

ASUS Express Gate SSD
A unique motherboard built-in OS, Express gate, takes only 5 seconds to go online from bootup. You can utilize the most popular Instant Messengers (IM) like MSN, Skype, Google talk, QQ, and Yahoo! Messenger to keep in touch with friends, or quickly check on the weather and e-mails just before leaving your house. What´s more, the user-friendly picture manager lets you view your pictures without entering Windows at anytime.

Dual-Channel DDR2 1200
The motherboard supports DDR2 memory that features data transfer rates of 1200/1066/800/667 MHz to meet the higher bandwidth requirements of the latest operation system, 3D graphics, multimedia, and Internet applications. The dual-channel DDR2 architecture doubles the bandwidth of your system memory to boost system performance, eliminating bottlenecks when bandwidth peaks at 19.2GB/s.

In order to get familiar with all the Asus P5Q Deluxe specifications, please visit P5Q Deluxe homepage.

- Full specifications

CPU
LGA775 socket for Intel® Core™2 Extreme/Core™2 Quad/Core™2 Duo/Pentium® dual-core/Celeron® dual-core/Celeron® Processors
Compatible with Intel® 05B/05A/06 processors
Supports Intel® 45nm Multi-Core CPU
Chipset
Intel P45/ICH10R with Intel® Fast Memory Access(FMA) support.
Front Side Bus
1600/1333/1066/800 MHz
Memory
4 x DIMM, max. 16GB, DDR2 1200/1066/800/667MHz, non-ECC, un-buffered memory
Dual channel memory architecture
*Refer to www.asus.com or this user manual for the Memory QVL(Qualified Vendors Lists).
**When installing total memory of 4GB capacity or more, Windows® 32-bit operation system may only recognize less than 3GB. Hence, a total installed memory of less than 3GB is recommended
Expansion Slots
2 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots, support ATI CrossFireX™ technology at x8 link
(PCIe x16_1 blue, PCIe x16_2 black*)
1 x PCI Express x16 slot at max. x4 link(black)
2 x PCI Express x1 slots
2 x PCI slots
*PCI Express x16_2 slot (black at max. x8 link)
CrossFire
Support ATI CrossFireX™ technology, up to Quad CrossFireX
Storage
Southbridge
- 6 x SATA 3Gb/s
- Intel® Matrix Storage Technology with RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 support
Marvell 88SE6121
- 1 x UltraDMA 133/100/66 for up to 2 PATA devices
- 1 x External SATA 3Gb/s port (SATA On-the-Go)
Silicon Image Sil5723 (Drive Xpert technology)
- 2 x SATA 3Gb/s
- Supports EZ Backup and Super Speed functions
*Drive Xpert function is available only when the hard disk drives are set as data drives.
LAN
Dual Gigabit LAN controllers
Marvell 88E8056/88E8001® Gigabit LAN controller featuring AI NET2,Teaming and Redundant
Audio
ADI® AD2000B 8-channel High Definition Audio CODEC
- Support Jack-Detection, Multi-Streaming, and Front Panel Jack-Retasking
- Coaxial/Optical S/PDIF out ports at back I/O
- ASUS Noise-Filtering
IEEE 1394
LSI®L-FW3227 controller supports 2 x IEEE 1394a ports(one at mid-board; one at back panel)
USB
Max. 10 USB2.0/1.1 ports(4 ports at mid-board, 6 ports at back panel)
ASUS Unique Features
ASUS Exclusive Features:
- ASUS True 16-Phase Power Design
- Express Gate SSD
ASUS Power Saving Solutions:
- ASUS EPU-6 Engine
- ASUS AI Nap
ASUS Quiet Thermal Solutions:
- ASUS Fanless Design: heat pipe solution
- ASUS Fanless Design: Stack Cool 2
- ASUS Fan Xpert
ASUS Crystal Sound:
- AI Audio 2
- ASUS Noise Filtering
ASUS EZ DIY:
- ASUS Drive Xpert
- ASUS DieHard BIOS
- ASUS Q-Shield
- ASUS Q-Connector
- AI Direct Link
- ASUS O.C. Profile
- ASUS EZ Flash 2
- Onboard Switch
Overclocking Features
ASUS AI Booster
Precision Tweaker 2:
- vCore: Adjustable CPU voltage at 0.00625V increment
- vDIMM: 64-step DRAM voltage control
- vChipset (NB): 55-step DRAM voltage control
- vCPUPLL: 64-step reference voltage control
- vFSB Termination: 40-step voltage control
SFS (Stepless Frequency Selection)
- FSB tuning from 200MHz up to 800MHz at 1MHz increment
- PCI Express frequency tuning from 100MHz up to 180MHz at 1MHz increment
Overclocking Protection:
- ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)
Special Features
ASUS MyLogo 3
Back Panel I/O Ports
1 x PS/2 Keyboard/Mouse combo port
1 x Optical + 1 x Coaxial S/PDIF Output port
1 x External SATA port
1 x IEEE1394a port
2 x LAN (RJ45) ports
6 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
8-channel Audio I/O ports
Internal I/O Connectors
2 x USB connectors support additional 4 USB ports
1 x Floppy disk drive connector
1 x IDE connector
1 x COM connector
1 x TPM connector
6 x SATA connectors (red)
2 x Drive Xpert SATA connectors (orange)
1 x CPU Fan connector
3 x Chassis Fan connector
1 x Power Fan connector
1 x IEEE1394a connector
Front panel audio connector
1 x S/PDIF Out Header
Chassis Intrusion connector
CD audio in
24-pin ATX Power connector
8-pin ATX 12V Power connector
Power on Switch
Reset Switch
System Panel (Q-Connector)
BIOS
16MB AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI2.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.4
Manageability
WOL by PME, WOR by PME, WOR by Ring, Chasis Intrusion, PXE
Accessories
1 x UltraDMA 133/100/66 cable
1 x FDD cable
8 x Serial ATA cable
2 x 2-port Serial ATA power cable
1 x 2-port USB and 1-port 1394 (4-pin) module
1 x Q-Shield
1 x User's manual
1 x Optional Fan
1 x 3 in 1 Q-connector (Retail version only)
Support Disc
ASUS PC Probe II
ASUS Update
ASUS AI Suite
Anti-virus software (OEM version)
Image-Editing Suite
Form Factor
ATX Form Factor, 12"x 9.6" (30.5cm x 24.4cm)




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