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Asus P5Q3 Deluxe Preview

Asus P5Q3 Deluxe Preview

Bios

Before consumers get to the BIOS of the P5Q3 they are given the option of entering the Express Gate operating system. We have covered this technology before but for anyone not familiar with it, Express Gate is a small Linux based operating system which allows the user some operating system functionality without booting into Windows. The OS takes about 10 seconds to load and this version offers internet browsing, Skype calls, Pidgin messaging client and a new photo application, which supports USB drives as well as the systems hard drives.

Within the BIOS the main screen is the AI Tweaker. Here we can change the CPU multiplier between 6.0 and 31.0, FSB from 200-800 and DDR3 from 800-1800 through predefined settings. There are also various voltage options such as memory from 1.5v to 2.78v, CPU up to 2.1v and Northbridge up to 2.06v. The last two values are dependent on the motherboard jumpers mentioned earlier in the preview. Without these in the standard position the voltage available to CPU and Northbridge are a little lower, basically ensuring that only users who have sufficient knowledge get access to the enhanced settings that the average consumer does not need.

Also present in this screen is the Mem. OC Charger setting. This feature is still evolving with BIOS revisions but essentially it allows for better signal quality and the ability to overclock memory to a higher level when combined with memory that Asus certify. Currently that includes modules from manufacturers such as Corsair.

Asus also include the usual extras with in this boards BIOS such as EZ Flash 2 and the standard temperature, fan and voltage monitoring is also present.

Software

Asus provide an automated installer with their P5Q3 board called InstALL, this utility checks the drivers and software required then installs them, including rebooting as needed. This makes building a system for the first time very easy. We were also pleased to see that the drivers provided were reasonably up to date, in fact the Intel Chipset driver was newer than anything we had to hand.

Following the completion of InstALL we opened the newest addition to the Asus software suite, SIX Engine. This application has its roots in the traditional monitoring arena but there is a twist bringing it up to date with current trends. That twist is the ability to monitor and tailor the energy use of the system and see how much power/carbon/Co2 you can save.

Summary
The P5Q3 Deluxe is shaping up to be a very good product, in our initial testing the performance is good and the feature level is excellent for a P45 based board. Look out for our review based on a retail sample in the coming weeks.

 

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