The P5Q is an Intel® P45 chipset-based motherboard that combines powerful performance with great energy efficiency; and supports DDR2 1200MHz dual-channel memory architecture and one PCI Express 2.0 x16 lane for extreme graphics performance. It also comes with the world´s first ASUS EPU-6 Engine, allowing the CPU power supply to be digitally monitored and fine-tuned with improved VRM efficiency in heavy or light loadings – attaining the best possible power efficiency and energy savings to help save the environment. The P5Q also supports ASUS Express Gate– an Linux OS bootup for instant access to the Internet in 5 seconds.
CPU, Chipset and Graphics features
LGA775 Intel® Core™2 Processor Ready This motherboard supports the latest Intel® Core™2 processors in LGA775 package. It also can support Intel® 45nm Multi-Core CPU. With new Intel® Core™ microarchitecture technology and 1600/1333/1066/800MHz FSB, Intel® Core™2 processor is one of the most powerful and energy efficient CPU in the world.
PCIe 2.0 Double Speed; Double Bandwidth This motherboard supports the latest PCIe 2.0 devices for double speed and bandwidth which enhances system performance.
Dual-Channel DDR2 1200 The motherboard supports DDR2 memory that features data transfer rates of 1200/1066/800/667 MHz to meet the higher bandwidth requirements of the latest operation system, 3D graphics, multimedia, and Internet applications. The dual-channel DDR2 architecture doubles the bandwidth of your system memory to boost system performance, eliminating bottlenecks with peak bandwidths of up to 19.2GB/s.
ASUS Power Saving Solution
ASUS EPU-6 Engine System Level Energy Saving The new ASUS EPU - the world´s first power saving engine, has been upgraded to a new 6 engine version, which provides total system power savings by detecting current PC loadings and intelligently moderating power in real-time. With auto phase switching for components (which includes the CPU, VGA card, memory, chipset, hard drives and CPU cooler/system fans), the EPU automatically provides the most appropriate power usage via intelligent acceleration and overclocking - helping save power and money
AI Nap Minimize noise and power consumption when temporarily away! With AI Nap, users can instantly snooze your PC without terminating the tasks. System will continue operating at minimum power and noise when user is temporarily away. It keeps downloading files or running applications in quietest state while you´re sleeping. Simply click keyboard or mouse, you can swiftly wake up the system in few seconds.
ASUS Exclusive Features
ASUS Express Gate Surf the Internet in 5-second-boot time without entering Windows With a fast bootup speed of only 5 seconds, the ASUS Express Gate offers an optional Linux OS bootup that allows you to enjoy instant access to commonly used functions like accessing the Internet, VoIP, and Web emailing without entering the OS.
* The actual boot time is subject to hardware configurations and product models
ASUS 8 Phase Power Design Longer Life, & Higher Efficiency! With power efficiency so important to operating temperatures, ASUS 8-phase VRM design leads the industry with its 96% power efficiency. High quality power components such as low RDS (on) MOSFETs for minimum switching loss & lower temperatures, Ferrite core chokes with lower hysteresis loss, and high quality Japanese-made conductive polymer capacitors all add up to ensure longer component life and lower power loss - creating more energy efficiency.
100% High-quality Japan-made Conductive Polymer Capacitors! This motherboard uses all high-quality Japan-made conductive polymer capacitors onboard for durability, improved lifespan, and enhanced thermal capacity.
ASUS Stylish heatsink The wing-shaped heatsink features 0-dB thermal solution that offers users a noiseless PC environment. Not only the beautifully curved fins upgrade the visual enjoyment for motherboard users, but also the special thickened bottom design effectively cools down hot airflows generated by the north bridge chipset. Combined with usability and aesthetics, the ASUS Patent Wing Heat-sink will give users an extremely silent and cooling experience with the elegant appearance!
ASUS EZ DIY
Drive Xpert Plug & Safe! Without drivers or BIOS setups, the ASUS exclusive Drive Xpert is ideal for anyone who needs to secure data on their hard drives or enhance hard drive performances without the hassles of complicated configurations. With Drive Xpert´s user-friendly graphical user interface, users can easily arrange hard drive backups or enhance their hard drive transfer rates - making sure that data is looked after every moment, every day.
Fan Xpert Active Quiet & Cool ASUS Fan Xpert intelligently allows users to adjust both the CPU and chassis fan speed according to different ambient temperature , which is caused by different climate conditions in different geographic regions and system loading. Built-in variety of useful profiles offer flexible controls of fan speed to achieve a quiet and cool environment.
Q-Shield Easy and Comfortable Installations The specially designed ASUS Q-Shield does without the usual "fingers" - making it convenient and easy to install. With better electric conductivity, it ideally protects your motherboard against static electricity and shields it against Electronic Magnetic Interference (EMI).
AI Direct Link Lightning Fast Data Linkage between Your PC & Laptop AI Direct Link can easily and efficiently transfer large amounts of data via the network cable - saving up to 70% of the total time taken. With AI Direct Link, it becomes easy to backup or share large data files like movies or other media content.
Q-Connector Make connection quick and accurate! The ASUS Q-Connector allows you to connect or disconnect chassis front panel cables in one easy step with one complete module. This unique adapter eliminates the trouble of plugging in one cable at a time, making connection quick and accurate.
CrashFree BIOS 3 Simply restore corrupted BIOS data from USB flash disk The ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 allows users to restore corrupted BIOS data from a USB flash disk containing the BIOS file. This utility saves users the cost and hassle of buying a replacement BIOS chip.
EZ-Flash 2 Simply update BIOS from a USB flash disk before entering the OS EZ Flash 2 is a user-friendly BIOS update utility. Simply launch this tool and update BIOS from a USB flash disk before entering the OS. You can update your BIOS only in a few clicks without preparing an additional floppy diskette or using an OS-based flash utility.
O.C. Profile Conveniently store or load multiple BIOS settings Freely share and distribute favorite overclocking settings The motherboard features the ASUS O.C. Profile that allows users to conveniently store or load multiple BIOS settings. The BIOS settings can be stored in the CMOS or a separate file, giving users freedom to share and distribute their favorite overclocking settings.
Precision Tweaker 2 Super-fine Adjustments to Help Create a Brand New O.C. Record! Allows the user to adjust the NB Voltage, FSB termination Voltage, CPU PLL Voltage and the DRAM Voltage in 0.02v steps to finetune voltages to achieve the most precise setting for the ultimate customized overclocking configuration.
ASUS Crystal Sound
Noise Filter Eliminate background noise while recording This feature detects repetitive and stationary noises like computer fans, air conditioners, and other background noises then eliminates it in the incoming audio stream while recording.
Other Innovative Features
MyLogo2 Personalize your system with customizable boot logo You can convert your favorite photo into a 256-color boot logo for a more colorful and vivid image on your screen.
IEEE 1394a interface IEEE 1394a interface provides high speed digital interface for audio/video appliances such as digital television, digital video camcorders, storage peripherals & other PC portable devices.
S/PDIF-out on Back I/O Port This motherboard provides convenient connectivity to external home theater audio systems via coaxial and optical S/PDIF-out (SONY-PHILIPS Digital Interface) jacks. It allows to transfer digital audio without converting to analog format and keeps the best signal quality.
GreenASUS The motherboard and its packaging comply with the European Union´s Restriction on the use of Hazardous Substances (RoHS). This is in line with the ASUS vision of creating environment-friendly and recyclable products and packaging to safeguard consumers´ health while minimizing the impact on the environment.
The product (electrical , electronic equipment, Mercury-containing button cell battery) should not be placed in municipal waste. Check local regulations for disposal of electronic products.
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Been using this board for several weeks now with a Core 2 E8400 3Ghz CPU. This board is a great board for the price. Having two PCI 2.0 slots is only nessasary if you want crossfire support which I don't so I didn't care at all that is only comes with one 1 2.0 slot.
Good maintstream motherboard for the price when its on sale. Decent overclocker. The fancy heatsink is just for display IMO. a nice number of SATA cables are included, 4 cables. Overall great product as i would expect from ASUS.
This is a good board for someone who wants a gaming system on a budget, knows they wont need that extra PCI-E slot and wants the P45 chipset at an affordable price. I was pleased that on a 32 bit operating system the board was able to manage about 3.25 GB of the 4 GB of ram I had installed along with a 280 GTX. It performs decently but take that comment with a grain of salt as I have not benchmarked it. I like the easy features of these new P5Q boards, they are easy to install and look cool in a windowed case. Easy 4 stars and id recommend it to anyone who wants performance on a budget, otherwise id look into some higher end boards.
I'm oc this to 3.56GHz with a Q9450 stable, and a 9800GX2. It runs pretty cool w/o the need of a chipset fan, so its quieter than my previous mobo. The 24pin power connector is located at a weird location next to the cpu. it has 6 external usb and 6 internal usb, but it doesn't come with a usb port for the internal usb connectors.
After i ordered this board i found out about incompatibility with linux but installing a distro with a 2.6.27 kernel or newer seems to work for both SATA and Network. The BIOS has lots of options for OC. I was happy to see that my Ninja Cooler fit no problem but I must say that I scratched my head over where ASUS decided to place the power connector on this board, bad design choice.
Nice looking board with a great chipset and many ports and features. Unfortunately mine was defective and failed, but it worked great while it did. Cable management was the downfall of this board, because the main power connector is located in the middle of nowhere, forcing the cable to push up on larger CPU heatsinks and destroying airflow. Nice yellow heatsinks though.
I'm really happy with this board so far, it has very good overclocking abilities and the RAID controller that comes with it is very good. Having used RAID-0 on my old EVGA 590i sli board, i can see a big difference in HDD performance. The only downside is the 24 and 8 pin ATX connectors: they are so poorly placed that people might have problems reaching them, so just be sure you can, and this board is perfect for you.
Great P45 chipset MB, can't go wrong with ASUS, although I have heard some people having OC problems with the P35 series released by them. This board is awesome and running at 4.8 GHz on air!
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