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Digital-Daily : Motherboard Reviews : asus_p5k3_series

ASUS P5K3 Premium and Deluxe

ASUS P5K3 Premium and Deluxe
Author: Aleksandr Mitrofanov
Date: 27.08.2007

ASUS P5K3 Premium
Chipset Intel P35
CPU LGA775 Pentium 4 FSB 1066/800/533 MHz
Celeron Prescott FSB 533 MHz
Dual-Core Pentium4
Yorkfield, Wolfdale FSB 1333/1066/800 MHz
Quad-Core Kentsfield, Dual-Core Conroe/Allendale
HyperThreading
Memory Integrated 2 GB DDR3-1333
HDD 1x UltraDMA/133
8x SerialATA(2xRAID)
Additional 2 IEEE-1394a
Audio Intel HDA
10 USB 2.0
2x Gigabit Ethernet
WiFi-g
Price: n/a

ASUS P5K3 Deluxe
Chipset Intel P35
CPU LGA775 Pentium 4 FSB 1066/800/533 MHz
Celeron Prescott FSB 533 MHz
Dual-Core Pentium4
Yorkfield, Wolfdale FSB 1333/1066/800 MHz
Quad-Core Kentsfield, Dual-Core Conroe/Allendale
HyperThreading
Memory DDR3 800/1066/1333
HDD 1x UltraDMA/133
8x SerialATA(2xRAID)
Additional 2 IEEE-1394a
Audio Intel HDA
10 USB 2.0
2x Gigabit Ethernet
WiFi-g
Price: n/a

As is known, the new Intel P35 chipset supports the already customary DDR2 as well as the absolutely new DDR3 memory. The new memory is emerging onto the market the same way as DDR2 in its time. The rare kits cost an enormous amount. At the same time, the new memory offers higher latency timings (delays), which is made up for by the higher operating frequency. In the end, the DDR3 system operating speed is approximately equal to that of the DDR2 system.

It is easy to foresee the further progress of DDR3: gradual increase in the production volumes results in the reduction of retail prices, with the optimization of technology processes improving the specifications (drop in the latency timings and rise in frequencies). In the end, in the forthcoming one or two years the DDR3 memory will be more attractive than DDR2 (which we have seen on the example of migration from DDR1 to DDR2). But currently DDR3 modules are interesting solely to PC enthusiasts. Even those users who are ready to fork out for >500 USD per kit of two 1GB modules come up against the shortage in supplies (the same used to be with DDR2). Like a few years ago, to solve this problem some manufacturers release 'motherboard + memory modules' kits. ASUS followed suit, but in a somehow own way: it released P5K3 Premium with the memory modules deadly welded on board. It that good or not? If that model were the only one to support DDR3 in ASUS' assortment, such an approach would have been definitely faulty: the user can't raise the memory capacity, and once it fails, you would have to completely dismantle the PC and carry the whole motherboard over to the service center. However, ASUS is offering the same motherboard (P5K3 Deluxe) but without memory modules, with customary DIMM slots (4). In the end, the customer has the choice: buy a motherboard with memory or without it. If the choice falls on P5K3 Premium (i.e. with memory), this case gives positive sides as well. First, ASUS guarantees 100% compatibility of memory to the motherboard. Moreover, BIOS optimization for the same type of modules delivers a substantial saving of engineering resources and allows attaining better results. Which in fact proved that way: ASUS declares a high overclocking capability of these modules (up to DDR3-1600; the nominal DDR3 frequency is 1333 MHz). Secondly, the user gets a problem less because you don't have to match the modules. And thirdly, welded modules use a proprietary cooling system which looks quite impressive and is integrated into the system for cooling the chipset and the power supply module.

Now if we leave the issue with memory, then the new motherboards P5K3 Premium and P5K3 Deluxe won't surprise the reader in the least. They are based on the same PCB design as the line of motherboards for DDR3 memory, namely: P5K Premium, P5K Deluxe and P5K-E, which we recently reviewed.

Specifications

ASUS P5K3 Premium

ASUS P5K3 Deluxe

ASUS P5K Deluxe (to compare the design)


ASUS P5K3 Premium ASUS P5K3 Deluxe
CPU - Intel Pentium 4 (Prescott (2M) / Gallatin / CedarMill) with the bus speeds 1066/800/533 MHz;
- Dual-core Intel Pentium D / EE (Smithfield/Presler) with the bus speeds 800/1066 MHz;
- Intel Celeron-D (Prescott) with the bus speed 533 MHz;
- Support for Intel Core 2 Duo (Kentsfield (4 cores), Conroe/Allendale (2 cores)) with the bus speed 1066 MHz;
- Support for Intel Yorkfield, Wolfdale with the bus speeds 1333/1066/800 MHz;
- Socket LGA775;
- Support for HyperThreading processors;
Chipset - North bridge Intel P35 (MCH);
- South bridge Intel ICH9R;
- Interbridge communication: DMI;
System Memory - Two welded DDR3-1333 modules;
- Overall memory capacity - 2 GB;
- Dual-channel memory access;
- Four 240-pin slots for DDR3 SDRAM DIMM;
- Maximum memory capacity 8GB;
- Supported memory DDR3 800/1066/1333;
- Dual-channel memory access;
- Power indicator;
Graphics - Two PCI Express x16 slots;
Expansion options - Three 32-bit PCI Bus Master slots;
- Two PCI Express x1 slot;
- Ten USB 2.0 ports ( 6 integrated + 4 additional);
- Two IEEE1394 ports (Firewire; 1 integrated + 1 additional);
- Integrated High Definition Audio 7.1;
- Two Gigabit Ethernet LAN controllers;
- WiFi (802.11g) controller;
Overclocking options - FSB adjustable within 200 to 800 MHz in 1 MHz increments, adjustable multiplier;
- Adjustable voltage on the CPU, memory, FSB, and the chipset (MCH+ICH);
- ASUS NOS ( Non-Delay Overclocking System );
- ASUS C.P.R (CPU Parameter Recall);
- ASUS AiBooster / Ai Suite;
Disk subsystem - 1 UltraDMA133/100/66/33 Bus Master IDE link (JMB363; with support for up to 2 ATAPI devices);
- Support for SerialATA II (6 links - ICH9R, with support for RAID);
- Support for SerialATA II (2 links - JMB363, with support for RAID 0,1, JBOD) ;
- Support for LS-120 / ZIP / ATAPI CD-ROM;
BIOS - 16 Mbit Flash ROM;
- AMI BIOS with support for Enhanced ACPI, DMI, Green, PnP Features;
- ASUS EZ Flash 2;
- ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3;
- ASUS MyLogo 3;
- ASUS AI Audio 2;
- Multi-languages BIOS;
- 16 Mbit Flash ROM;
- AMI BIOS with support for Enhanced ACPI, DMI, Green, PnP Features;
- ASUS EZ Flash 2;
- ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3;
- ASUS MyLogo 3;
- Multi-languages BIOS;
Misc - One port for FDD, one serial port, a port for PS/2 keyboard;
- Onboard power indicator;
- STR (Suspend to RAM);
- SPDIF Out;
Power management - Wake-up on modem, mouse, keyboard, LAN, timer, and USB;
- Main 24-pin ATX power connector;
- Additional 8-pin power connector;
Monitoring - Monitoring the temperatures of the CPU, system, voltages, rotational speeds of the five fans;
- ASUS Q-Fan 2;
- ASUS AI Gear 2;
- ASUS AI Nap;
- ASUS PC Probe II;
Dimensions - ATX form factor, 245 mm x 305 mm (9.63" x 12");

Retail boxes

Contents:

  • Motherboard;
  • User's Guide + Quick Setup Manual in English;
  • User's guide on ASUS WiFi Solo;
  • 1x software, drivers & third-party software DVD;
  • 1x additional software CD;
  • One ATA-133 cable, one FDD cable;
  • 6x SerialATA cables + a power supply adapter (2 connectors);
  • A bracket for 2 additional USB 2.0 and one Firewire ports;
  • Wi-Fi aerial;
  • 1x ASUS corporate logo sticker;
  • Kit of additional connectors;
  • 1x cap for the rear panel of the housing;
  • Two additional fans;
  • Motherboard;
  • User's Manual in English;
  • User's guide on ASUS WiFi Solo;
  • 1x software & drivers DVD;
  • One ATA-133 cable, one FDD cable;
  • 6x SerialATA cables + a power supply adapter (2 connectors);
  • A bracket for 2 additional USB 2.0 and one Firewire ports;
  • Wi-Fi aerial;
  • 1x ASUS corporate logo sticker;
  • Kit of additional connectors;
  • 1x cap for the rear panel of the housing;
  • Additional fan;

Both the products fall within the high-end category, and their package bundles are impressive enough. Anyway, we have to note the shortage of some power adapters to SerialATA devices.

We also note the minimum difference in the package bundles of the motherboards: the Premium model offers an extra CD with varied software (Norton Internet Security 2007, DVDCopy5 Trial, and Corel Snapfire Plus SE 1.2). The software kit partly coincides with that written on the DVD with Norton Internet Security 2006 suite, InterVideo WinDVD 8 Trial, DVDCopy5, MediaOne Gallery, Ulead PhotoImpact, CyberLink PowerBackup 2, and Corel Snapfire Plus SE.

Also, the package bundle of the Premium model offers one fan more.

Both the boards offer special connectors (Quick Connection Kit) to which all the cables from the housing can be plugged in (the "Power", "Reset" buttons, a cable from the "HDD" indicator, etc.), and then plug them in to the board with a single motion.

Content:

  • Page 1 - Specifications, package bundle
  • Page 2 - Layout and Features; Expansion options
  • Page 3 - BIOS, monitoring, overclocking tools
  • Page 4 - Performance and conclusions




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