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Asus P5Q3 Deluxe Preview

Asus P5Q3 Deluxe Preview

Asus P5Q3 Preview

In the near future Asus will be launching their P5Q3 Deluxe motherboard which is based on the Intel P45 chipset. We have had an early sample of the board running in our offices for a little while now and today we have a preview for you…

P5Q3 Deluxe/Wi-Fi-AP @n

Shown above is the P5Q3 Deluxe. It is very similar in design to a number of recent Asus boards such as the P5E3 with the same colour scheme being used.

This board features two standard PCIe 1x connectors (white), two PCI 2.2 (white) and three larger PCIe 16x size slots. The primary slot is 2.0 specification and 16x speed in single card mode but changes to 8x when multiple cards are used. The second runs at 8x in CrossFire and the third at 1x (Black). Along the bottom edge of the board we can also see the colour coded connections for Audio, Firewire and USB. When these are populated the board has two Firewire and ten USB 2.0.

The P5Q3 has seven internal SATA connectors; two use the eSATA controller which also powers the single eSATA port on the back of the board. There is also a single IDE socket which supports a maximum of two drives. Alongside the drive connections it is also possible to see that the board has power and reset buttons as well as the standard front panel pin headers. The buttons are a real bonus of enthusiasts and reviewers who do not necessarily have the board installed in a case.

Anyone familiar with the Asus naming scheme will realise that the ‘3’ in P5Q3 signifies that this is a DDR3 based board and there are four slots present, each capable of supporting speeds up to and in excess of DDR3-1800. Also, if we look carefully at the top edge of the board it is possible to see two small blue jumper caps. These sit on pins marked “OV_NB” and “OV_CPU”, we will have more on this in the BIOS section of this preview.

Cooling on the P5Q3 is the responsibility of a large copper heatsink which runs from the Southbridge (ICH10R) to the Northbridge and then partially round the CPU. There is also a separate heatsink at the top of the board.

Back panel connectivity is as follows:
1x PS/2 (Keyboard or Mouse Compatible).
6x USB 2.0
1x Firewire
2x Gb LAN
Analogue and Digital Audio
2x Wireless LAN (N specification)

This is a reasonably standard set of connectors and it is a shame that Asus have not included a clear CMOS button.


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