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ASUS P5K Deluxe WiFi-AP Edition review

It was almost a year ago that Intel introduced the first Core 2 Duo processors into the market, marking the beginning of the end for the very well-regarded AMD Athlon 64.

Along with the Core 2 Duo came the Intel P965 Express chipset designed for mainstream and high-end motherboards. The P965 was meant to replace the i945 chipset and we can safely say today that it has done so successfully. Hoping for such continued success, Intel announced a P965 replacement last month. The new P35 chipset features updated processor and memory support, along with a few new key features that we will be talking about in this article.

ASUS has really embraced the Intel P35 quickly, as they currently offer eight unique motherboards based on the chipset. The ASUS P5K Deluxe comes in two flavors, while the standard version we have here today supports DDR2 memory, there is also a version that exclusively supports DDR3 memory, known as the P5K3 Deluxe. Both motherboards share the exact same PCB design with slight alterations to the cooling design and of course different memory DIMMs. Today we are testing the P5K Deluxe WiFi-AP Edition, which currently has a retail value of $250, making this a high-end product.

View: ASUS P5K Deluxe WiFi-AP Edition review @ TechSpot

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hm, i i like the support for 45nm processors, but i'm sure that when they are out, we'll see some even better motherboards optimized specifacally for those

Genius said,
hm, i i like the support for 45nm processors, but i'm sure that when they are out, we'll see some even better motherboards optimized specifacally for those

There won't be any major changes until 2Q08 when Intel releases Nehalem. The X38 chipset, which will support 1600MHz DDR3 RAM and PCI 2.0 is due out soon, that's about it. Maybe Nvidia or AMD will come up with something, but Barcelona isn't something most consumers will want to buy.

Here's a photo of an X38 board:

http://common.ziffdavisinternet.com/util_g...i=161565,00.jpg

I bought a P5K for my second system. Was a nightmare to get this board running. I suffered from the "System Chassis Intrusion Detected" Halting System. What made it worse is that this chipset uses the AMI bios with no option in it to bypass case open warning or even have a Halt on all errors with exceptions.

I spent about a day just doing different methods to get the jumper on the pins that short this feature to turn off.
I rma'ed it. Received another board to only have it doing this same problem a week later.

Whats sad is is that reading the asus forums you start to uncover alot more problems with the P5 series in general. Had a buddy who did a valid bios flash with the right bios version on a P5NSLI-E next to me at work. Only for it to stop posting on the 3 rd boot.

I've been using asus boards since the Asus-P5A socket 7 series. I'll have to see how the quality gets in the future.

I have a P5K and it works great. I had the "Chassis Intruded" crap the first time I powered it on, but after restarting I never saw it again. The only fault with this board is it has pretty bad vdroop (overclocked vcore drops under load), but the Deluxe doesn't have this problem.

RAINMAN said,
have it and its great, there is a really easy pencil mod to eliminate or lower vdroop.


Or you can just enable CPU Voltage Damper in the BIOS.

Malbojia said,
I bought a P5K for my second system. Was a nightmare to get this board running. I suffered from the "System Chassis Intrusion Detected" Halting System. What made it worse is that this chipset uses the AMI bios with no option in it to bypass case open warning or even have a Halt on all errors with exceptions.

I spent about a day just doing different methods to get the jumper on the pins that short this feature to turn off.
I rma'ed it. Received another board to only have it doing this same problem a week later.

Whats sad is is that reading the asus forums you start to uncover alot more problems with the P5 series in general. Had a buddy who did a valid bios flash with the right bios version on a P5NSLI-E next to me at work. Only for it to stop posting on the 3 rd boot.

I've been using asus boards since the Asus-P5A socket 7 series. I'll have to see how the quality gets in the future.

Ive delt with the Asus P5 Series since they came out, and in terms of overclocking capabilities and heat resistance they are extremely good, especially for moderate video-gamers. For my clients P5B-Deluxe setup, I used a P180 R1 Chassis, and stuck on the board a Zalman 120 Copper for cooling, DDR2 667 2G OCZ, and was able to overclock the installed E6400 at 20% when i ran my tests and it all passed :). For the price they are definitly well worth it!

no SLI tho... Intel are weird with this, ATi+AMD backstabbed them and yet they still support crossfire... lucky for AMD I guess.