Deluxe WiFi-AP Edition (i965P) Review Intro 1/5
ASUS P5B Deluxe WiFi-AP Edition
A few weeks ago, we reviewed the high end board from ASUS, the ASUS P5W DH Deluxe featuring the 975X chipset. Today, we take a look at its little brother the P5B Deluxe based on the 965P chipset.
This motherboard supports the most powerful
and energy efficient Intel® Core™2 processors. It features the Intel® P965
chipset and supports DDR2 800MHz dual-channel memory architecture. Quiet thermal
technologies – 8-Phase Power Design, Stack Cool 2, Heat Pipe Design, Q-Fan 2 and
Optional Fan – together provide a comfortable environment for the processor,
memory, graphics card and other components to interoperate effectively. With
exclusive innovative tools – AI NOS™, AI Gear and AI Nap – users can adjust
operation speed according to their specific needs. This motherboard is a cool
and stable platform that delivers extreme performance, minimum noise and maximum
As we all know, 965P, the newest chipset from
the Intel series only supports a 4x+16x configuration for its PCIe slots. At the
time of test, it coincided with a new Catalyst 6.9 and CrossFire is now possible
on this board at Dual 4x (as the other 16x is stepped down to 4x). The 975X
variant P5W DH Deluxe runs CrossFire at Dual 8x. That is one fo the major
difference between the two boards. For overclockers, you would be delighted that
the FSB range is now selectable up to 650MHz.
For Audio, the board cmoes with onboard 8-channel HD audio (High Definition Audio, previously codenamed Azalia) CODEC enables high-quality 192KHz/24-bit audio output, jack-sensing feature, retasking functions and multi-streaming technology that simultaneously sends different audio streams to different destinations. It also supports a S/PDIF-out on Back I/O Port provides convenient connectivity to external home theater audio systems via an coaxial S/PDIF-out (SONY-PHILIPS Digital Interface) jack. It allows to transfer digital audio without converting to analog format and keeps the best signal quality.
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