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Digital-Daily : Motherboard Reviews : asus-p5ld2-deluxe

Asus P5LD2 Deluxe (Intel 945P)

Author: Aleksandr Mitrofanov
Date: 16.08.2005


Asus P5LD2
Chipset Intel 945P
Processor LGA775 Pentium 4 FSB 1066800533MHz
Celeron Prescott FSB 533MHz
Dual-Core Pentium4
Hyper Threading
Memory DDR2 400533600667800
HDD 1x UltraDMA/100
2x UltraDMA/133
6x SerialATA II(2xRAID)
Additional 2 IEEE-1394a
Audio Intel HDA
8 USB 2.0
Gigabit Ethernet
WiFi-g
Price: ~170-175$ (PriceWatch.Com)

Today, we are reviewing P5LD2-Deluxe by Asus on the base of i945P chipset. Remember that the major advantages of the chipset (over i915P ) are support for dual-core Pentium D based on the Smithfield core (but not Extreme Edition), DDR2-667 memory and SerialATA II (4 channels).

Besides, engineers at Asus added support for two more SerialATA II channels (using an additional controller), two ParallelATA channels, as well as installed two PCI Express x16 slots.

Asus P5LD2 Deluxe Specifications


Asus P5LD2 Deluxe (Intel 945P)

Asus P5LD2 Deluxe
Processor - Intel Pentium 4 (Prescott (2M)/Gallatin/ Smithfield ) with the bus speed 1066/800/533 MHz;
- Dual-core Intel Pentium D (Smithfield) with the bus speed 800 MHz;
- Intel Celeron-D (Prescott) with the bus speed 533 MHz;
- Socket LGA775;
- Support for HyperThreading processors
Chipset - North bridge IntelŪ 945P Memory Controller Hub (MCH);
- South bridge IntelŪ 82801GR Enhanced I/O Controller Hub (ICH7R);
- Interbridge link: DMI
System memory - Four 240-pin slots for DDR2 SDRAM DIMM
- Maximum memory capacity 4GB
- Supported memory DDR2 400533600667800
- Dual-channel memory access
- Power indicator
Graphic - Two PCI Express x16 slots;
Expansion options - Three 32-bit PCI Bus Master slots;
- One PCI Express x1 slot;
- Eight USB 2.0 ports (4 integrated + 4 additional);
- Two IEEE1394 ports (Firewire; one integrated + 1 additional)
- Integrated audio High Definition Audio 7.1;
- LAN controller Gigabit Ethernet;
Overclocking options - FSB adjustable within 100 to 450 MHz in 1 MHz increments;
- Adjustable voltage on the processor, memory, FSB, and the chipset (MCH+ICH).
- Asus NOS ( Non-Delay Overclocking System)
- Asus AiBooster
Disk subsystem - 1 channel for UltraDMA100/66/33 Bus Master IDE (with support for up to 2 ATAPI-devices)
- Support for SerialATA II (4 channels - ICH7R, with support for RAID)
- Support for SerialATA II (2 channels - Sil3132R, with support for RAID)
- Additional IDE controller (ITE 8211F chip, 2 channels for IDE, supporting ATA33/66/100/133 JBOD with support for up to 4 ATAPI-devices)
- Support for LS-120 / ZIP / ATAPI CD-ROM
BIOS - 8MBit Flash ROM
- AMI BIOS with support for Enhanced ACPI, DMI, Green, PnP Features
- Asus EZ Flash
- Asus CrashFree BIOS 2
- Asus MyLogo2
- Multi-languages BIOS
Miscellaneous - One port for FDD, one serial and one parallel ports, ports for PS/2 mouse and keyboard
- STR (Suspend to RAM)
- SPDIF Out
- Asus POST Reporter
Power management - Wake-up on modem, mouse, keyboard, LAN, timer, and USB
- Main 24-pin ATX power connector
- Additional 8-pin power connector
- Additional 4-pin Molex power connector
Monitoring - Monitoring the temperatures of the processor, system, voltages, rotational speeds of the four fans
- Asus Q-Fan
- Asus PC Probe II
Dimensions - ATX form factor, 245 mm x 305 mm (9.63" x 12")

Package

The design of Asus P5LD2 is made in the light tints:


Asus P5LD2 Deluxe (Intel 945P)

The box has a plastic handle for carrying it around conveniently:


Asus P5LD2 Deluxe (Intel 945P)

Package bundle

  • Motherboard
  • 1x software & drivers CD
  • Third-party software CD (InterVideo suite) + description
  • 2x ATA-133 cables, 1x ATA-33 cable, 1x FDD cable
  • Five SerialATA cables + three power adapters (five connectors)
  • User's Manual in English
  • 1x bracket for an additional Firewire port
  • 1x bracket for 2 additional USB 2.0 ports + GAME-port
  • 1x bracket for COM port
  • SLI connector
  • WiFi-TV tuner
  • Remote control + USB receiver
  • WiFi aerial + FM aerial
  • Splitter for the video output
  • User's guide + Software & drivers CD.
  • 1x cap for the rear panel
  • A sticker with the jumpers layout diagram + Asus logo sticker

The board's package bundle has certain issues to complain about. In particular, for 4 additional USB 2.0 ports, there is only 1 bracket for two ports (on the same bracket there is a GAME-port).


Asus P5LD2 Deluxe (Intel 945P)

There are two additional brackets in the bundle: one for a Firewire port, the other for a COM port. Nor regular cables have been abandoned: the board comes bundled with two ATA-133 cables, one ATA-33, and a cable for the FDD. All the cables are proprietary (i.e. black with the Asus logo).


Asus P5LD2 Deluxe (Intel 945P)

A few words on the documentation. Along with the highly detailed user's manual, the board is bundled with a description of third-party software (InterVideo WinDVD Suite). In fact the main user's guide also lacks precision (in particular, it says that the board supports 10 USB 2.0 ports, but in fact there are only 8).


Asus P5LD2 Deluxe (Intel 945P)

Then, the board comes bundled with a combined WiFi-TV-FM tuner for which there is a remote control, aerials, user's guide, and a CD with bundled software.


Asus P5LD2 Deluxe (Intel 945P)

Asus P5LD2 Deluxe (Intel 945P)

Note that the WiFi aerial is three times as long versus previous Asus aerials :))


Asus P5LD2 Deluxe (Intel 945P)

Finally, the board is bundled with a SLI connector (or a SLI bridge):


Asus P5LD2 Deluxe (Intel 945P)

Note that it is flexible!

Conclusion: the package bundle deserves a preliminary "4.5/5" mark. We also do hope there will be a cheaper version of the bundle without a tuner.

Content:

  • Specifications
  • Board layout
  • Expansion options
  • BIOS, monitoring
  • Overclocking and stability
  • Performance and conclusions




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