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Asus P5E3 Deluxe WiFi Intel X38 Motherboard Review

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Introduction and Specifications

Introduction

The Intel X38 chipset launched just last week and we are already on our second motherboard using it.  The Asus P5E3 Deluxe motherboard is one of the few to offer not just two PCIe x16 slots, but three for the future triple GPU technologies.  Whether or not those pan out to be good ideas has yet to be seen, but this X38 motherboard will have you covered either way.

Asus' motherboards have been great overclockers as well in the recent past and we'll see if they are able to continue that trend. 



Specifications (from Asus.com)

 
CPU
LGA775 socket for Intel® Core™2 Quad / Core™2 Extreme / Core™2 Duo / Pentium® Extreme / Pentium® D / Pentium® 4 Processors

Compatible with Intel® 05B/05A/06 processors

Supports Intel® next generation 45nm Multi-Core CPU

Chipset
Intel® X38 / ICH9R with Intel® Fast Memory Access Technology
Front Side Bus
1600/1333 / 1066 / 800 MHz
Memory
4 x DIMM, max. 8GB, DDR3 1800(O.C.)/1600(O.C.)/1333/1066/800 MHz, non-ECC, un-buffered memory

Dual channel memory architecture

*Refer to www.asus.com or this user manual for the Memory QVL(Qualified Vendors Lidts).

Expansion Slots
3 x PCIe x16 (blue @PCIe2.0 x16 mode, black @PCIe x4 or x1 mode) supports CrossFire Technology

2 x PCIe x1

2 x PCI

Storage
Southbridge

- 6 x SATA 3.0 Gb/s ports

- Intel Matrix Storage Technology supports RAID 0, 1, 5 and 10

JMicron® JMB363(JMB368) PATA and SATA controller

- 1 x UltraDMA 133/100/66 for up to 2 PATA devices

- 2 x External SATA 3.0 Gb/s port (SATA On-the-Go)

- Supports SATA RAID 0,1,JBOD

LAN
Dual Gigabit LAN controllers

Marvell88E8056® PCIe Gigabit LAN controller featuring AI NET2

RealtekRTL8110SC® PCI Gigabit LAN controller featuring AI NET2

Wireless LAN
ASUS WiFi-AP @n

300Mbps IEEE 802.11n and backwards compatible with IEEE 802.11g / b

- Software Access Point mode

Audio
ADI® AD1988B 8-channel High Definition Audio CODEC

- Support Jack-Sensing, Enumeration, Multi-streaming

- Coaxial / Optical S/PDIF out ports at back I/O

- AI Audio 2

- ASUS Noise Filter

IEEE 1394
Agere® L-FW3227 1394a controller supports 2 x IEEE 1394a ports (one at midboard; one at back panel)
USB
12 x USB 2.0 ports (6 ports at mid-board, 6ports at back panel)
ASUS AI Lifestyle Features
ASUS Power Saving Solution

- ASUS EPU (Energy Processing Unit)

- ASUS 3rd Generation 8-phase Power Design

- ASUS AI Nap

ASUS AI Lifestyle Features:

- ASUS Express Gate

- ASUS WiFi-AP @n

- ASUS AI Direct Link

ASUS Quiet Thermal Solution:

- ASUS Fanless Design: Heat-pipe solution

- ASUS Fanless Design: Stack Cool 2

- ASUS Q-Fan 2

- ASUS Optional Fan for Water-cooling or Passive-Cooling only

ASUS Crystal Sound:

- ASUS Noise Filter

ASUS EZ DIY:

- ASUS Q-Shield

- ASUS Q-Connector

- ASUS O.C. Profile

- ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3

- ASUS EZ Flash 2

- ASUS AI Slot Detector

Special Features
ASUS MyLogo 3

Multi-language BIOS

Overclocking Features
ASUS AI Booster utility

Precision Tweaker 2:

- vCore: Adjustable CPU voltage at 0.00625V increment

- vDIMM: 64-step DRAM voltage control

- vChipset (N.B.): 33-step DRAM voltage control

- vFSB Termination: 15-step reference voltage control

- vCPU PLL: 64-step CPU PLL voltage control

SFS (Stepless Frequency Selection)

- FSB tuning from 200MHz up to 800MHz at 1MHz increment

- Memory tuning from 800MHz up to 3200MHz

- PCI Express frequency tuning from 100MHz up to150MHz at 1MHz increment

Overclocking Protection:

- ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)

Back Panel I/O Ports
1 x PS/2 Keyboard

1 x S/PDIF Out (Coaxial + Optical)

2 x External SATA

1 x IEEE1394a

2 x RJ45 port

6 x USB 2.0/1.1

2 x WiFi-AP @n antenna jack

8-channel Audio I/O

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

6 x SATA connectors

1 x CPU Fan connector

4 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

2 x 4-pin ATX 12V Power connector

System Panel(Q-Connector)

BIOS
16
Mb Flash ROM, AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI2.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.3, ACPI 2.0a,
Multi-language BIOS, ASUS EZ Flash 2, ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
Manageability
WfM 2.0, DMI 2.0, WOL by PME, WOR by PME, PXE
Accessories
UltraDMA 133/100/66 cable

FDD cable

6 x Serial ATA cables

1 x 2-port Serial ATA power cable

ASUS Q-Shield

User's manual

ASUS WiFi-AP @n manual

3 in 1 Q-connector

1 x 2-port USB2.0 / 1-port IEEE1394 module

2 x Optional Fan for Water-Cooling or Passive-Cooling only

ASUS WiFi-AP @n omni-directional antenna

Support Disc
Drivers

ASUS PC Probe II

ASUS Update

ASUS AI Suite

ASUS WiFi-AP @n Wizard

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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