P5Q Features

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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:

- Support for 65-nanometer and 45-nm Intel socket LGA775 05B, 05A and 06 processors from families including Core 2 Extreme, Quad, Duo, Pentium Extreme, 4 and D
- 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

Integrators will also find that the P5Q comes with a nice thick manual and multiple high-quality cables (SATA, IDE, USB, power adapters and others), along with a driver CD and backplane plate. Simply put, the board comes with everything a system builder would need.

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.

Frank Ohlhorst Frank J. Ohlhorst is the Executive Technology Editor for eWeek Channel Insider and brings with him over 20 years of experience in the Information Technology field.He began his career as a network administrator and applications program in the private sector for two years before joining a computer consulting firm as a programmer analyst. In 1988 Frank founded a computer consulting company, which specialized in network design, implementation, and support, along with custom accounting applications developed in a variety of programming languages.In 1991, Frank took a position with the United States Department of Energy as a Network Manager for multiple DOE Area Offices with locations at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPL), Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), FermiLAB and the Ames Area Office (AMESAO). Frank's duties included managing the site networks, associated staff and the inter-network links between the area offices. He also served at the Computer Security Officer (CSO) for multiple DOE sites. Frank joined CMP Technology's Channel group in 1999 as a Technical Editor assigned to the CRN Test Center, within a year, Frank became the Senior Technical Editor, and was responsible for designing product testing methodologies, assigning product reviews, roundups and bakeoffs to the CRN Test Center staff.In 2003, Frank was named Technology Editor of CRN. In that capacity, he ensured that CRN maintained a clearer focus on technology and increased the integration of the Test Center's review content into both CRN's print and web properties. He also contributed to Netseminar's, hosted sessions at CMP's Xchange Channel trade shows and helped to develop new methods of content delivery, Such as CRN-TV.In September of 2004, Frank became the Director of the CRN Test Center and was charged with increasing the Test Center's contributions to CMP's Channel Web online presence and CMP's latest monthly publication, Digital Connect, a magazine geared towards the home integrator. He also continued to contribute to CMP's Netseminar series, Xchange events, industry conferences and CRN-TV.In January of 2007, CMP Launched CRNtech, a monthly publication focused on technology for the channel, with a mailed audience of 70,000 qualified readers. Frank was instrumental in the development and design of CRNTech and was the editorial director of the publication as well as its primary contributor. He also maintained the edit calendar, and hosted quarterly CRNTech Live events.In June 2007, Frank was named Senior Technology Analyst and became responsible for the technical focus and edit calendars of all the Channel Group's publications, including CRN, CRNTech, and VARBusiness, along with the Channel Group's specialized publications Solutions Inc., Government VAR, TechBuilder and various custom publications. Frank joined Ziff Davis Enterprise in September of 2007 and focuses on creating editorial content geared towards the purveyors of Information Technology products and services. Frank writes comparative reviews, channel analysis pieces and participates in many of Ziff Davis Enterprise's tradeshows and webinars. He has received several awards for his writing and editing, including back to back best review of the year awards, and a president's award for CRN-TV. Frank speaks at many industry conferences, is a contributor to several IT Books, holds several records for online hits and has several industry certifications, including Novell's CNE, Microsoft's MCP.Frank can be reached at frank.ohlhorst@ziffdavisenterprise.com

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