P5Q FeaturesBy Frank Ohlhorst | Print
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The P5Q Deluxe motherboard from Asustek is full of features and innovation that could make it the dream board for many system builders.
The P5Q is based upon the Intel P45 chip set, features the ICH10 southbridge and supports DDR2 (double data rate 2) RAM at speeds up to 1200MHz. The Green moniker on the board is backed up by ROHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) compliance and technologies that reduce power consumption.
Compete specs are as follows:
- Asus EPU 6-Engine and 16-phase CPU power design
- Intel P45 northbridge
- Intel ICH10R southbridge
- Four DDR2 DIMMs (dual in-line memory modules) supporting 667/800/1,066 and 1,200MHz memory up to 16GB in dual channel
- Two PCI-Express 2.0 x16 slots (in either x16/x1 or x8/x8 arrangements)
- One PCI-Express x16 slot (at x4 bandwidth)
- Two PCI-Express x1 slots
- Two PCI slots
- Six red ICH10R SATA 3G bps ports supporting RAID 0, 1, 0+1 and 5
- Two orange Silicon Image Sil5723 SATA (Serial ATA) ports supporting "Super Speed" or "EZ Backup" with DriveXpert
- One Marvell 88SE6121 controller supporting one IDE channel and one eSATA 3G bps port
- One Marvell 88E8056 PCI-Express Gigabit Ethernet
- One Marvell 88E8011 PCI Gigabit Ethernet
- ADI AD2000B 7.1 channel High-Definition audio codec
- LSI L-FW3227 PCI IEEE1394a FireWire controller supporting two ports
- 10 USB 2.0 ports (four through pin-outs, six on the rear I/O)
- Asus ExpressGate SSD
- Asus DieHard BIOS, Q-Shield, Q-Connector, AI Booster with Precision Tweaker BIOS function and AI Suite
Even so, it is the little touches that add the most value. For example, Asus includes something called a Q-Connector, which functions as an adapter between the case's various cables (power, reset, LEDs) and the motherboard. The Q-Connector simplifies a task that was somewhat tedious and will help to put a smile on many an assembler's face. By plugging the case cables into the Q-Connector, assemblers can avoid the task of plugging each cable individually into the motherboard, in an area that is usually cramped and not well lit.
Asus further eases things for system builders by incorporating alternate reset and power buttons directly into the motherboard. Those LED-lit buttons make troubleshooting and testing much easier when the board is on the bench for evaluation. Asus helps to further simplify maintenance by allowing the BIOS to be flashed directly from a USB key drive. All one has to do is copy the BIOS file to a key drive, insert the key drive into an available USB port and boot into the BIOS settings to run a self-contained BIOS update utility. That eliminates the need to create boot disks and run operating system-based BIOS flash utilities to just update the BIOS.