Introduction & Specs

Asus spares no expense with their Intel 915P motherboard offering. The P5GD2 Premium comes with nearly everything you can think of and more.

Up until now at PC Perspective, we have only looked at Intel 925X/XE chipsets. While those chipsets offered some great results for the enthusiast, not everyone was going to buy one mainly because of the price. Today we are looking at an Intel 915P motherboard by Asus. The Intel 915P offers essentially the same features as the 925X but priced lower and supports DDR1 in addition to DDR2.


Asus P5GD2 Premium


Intel 915P / ICH6R

Bus Frequency

800MHz / 533 MHz


DDR2 400MHz / 533MHz

Memory Slots

4 slots

Memory Capacity


Drive Connectivity

2x IDE
4x SATA RAID (Intel Matrix RAID)
4x SATA RAID (SiL3114C)


C-Media CMI9880 (Intel HD Audio support)

Analog Audio Connectivity

Front, Surround, Rear, Center / Subwoofer, Line-in, Microphone

Digital Audio Connectivity

Coax & Optical Output


1 x Marvell PCIe 88E8053 Gigabit LAN controller
1 x Marvell PCI 88E8001 Gigabit LAN controller
1x Asus 802.11g Wireless (antenna included)

USB 2.0

8 connections (4x rear panel, 2x on bracket, 2x spare)

Firewire IEEE1394

1x IEEE1394a (rear I/O)
2x IEEE1394b (via bracket)

Special Features

Stack Cool heat spreader
Copper MOSFET cooler
LAN cable checker
Q-Fan2 fan control
Ai NOS dynamic overclocking
CrashFree BIOS 2

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