“The Intel P45 boards will sport a die shrink of the onboard components to 65nm as opposed to the previous 90nm standard. This die shrink would lead us to expect less power consumption as well as improved power efficiency. The P45 also offers official support for PCIe 2.0 with more adaptable lanes to help better support the use of multiple GPUs based on the CrossFire architecture. The P45 based boards will feature the new ICH10 series southbridge, which is extremely close in its feature set to its ICH9 brethren, but the primary difference between the two is the ICH10 series has removed LPT and legacy PATA support entirely. While not officially offering support for the new 1600 MHz FSB processors we have it on good authority that most of the P45 boards will support these chips.
Armed with this information and a yearning to be one of the first to review this new and extremely tempting product we prevailed upon our friends at ASUS. They were kind enough to send us one of their P5Q Deluxe editions of this board. The P5Q Deluxe is one of ASUS’s top of the line P45 based boards, and like the majority of these boards being released, utilizes DDR2 in lieu of the newer DDR3. We can only surmise this is to spare the consumer the substantial cost of the newer memory while still maintaining above average performance. It is our plan to directly test this board against its X48 counterpart; either fuelling the fires for compelling arguments or helping to extinguish them.”
Here are some more Motherboard articles from around the web:
- ASRock A780FullDisplayPort Motherboard @ CPU3D
- Asus P5Q Deluxe motherboard @ bit-tech
- ASUS P5Q Deluxe @ Legion Hardware
- Biostar TPower N750 @ Overclockers Online
- P45 Showdown – Asus P5Q Deluxe vs MSI P45 Diamond @ Overclock3D
- Gigabyte X48T-DQ6 Review @ OCC
- ASUS P5Q Deluxe – P45 Is Off to a Great Start @ Techgage
- DFI LanParty DK X48-T2RS Motherboard @ CPU3D
Bjorn3D managed to get their hands on an ASUS PQ5 Deluxe, a P45 Eaglelake motherboard, a little earlier than most. It seems that ASUS is really going all out on this new chipset, including a new southbridge and support for newer processors and RAM. Not only that but the features included with this board are just incredible. Read the full list at Bjorn3D.