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Asus P5Q Pro review

Alan Lu
24 Feb 2009
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
98
inc VAT

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Specifications

LGA775, ATX, Intel P45 chipset, supports: Pentium 4, Pentium D, Pentium Extreme Edition, Core 2 Duo, Core 2 Quad, Core 2 Extreme Edition

Asus's P5Q Pro fell behind many of the other Intel motherboards in our benchmarks. However, it has plenty of overclocking options and, in theory, memory can be overclocked to a maximum speed of 1,200MHz.

Other extras include Express Gate, a basic version of Linux equipped with versions of programs such as Firefox and Skype. This boots in seconds, so it's useful for checking web pages without having to wait for Windows to start. An included adaptor (the Q Connector) lets you plug the numerous front panel connectors into their headers in one easy step.

Like four of the other Intel motherboards here, the P5Q Pro has two PCI Express x16 slots so it can use two ATI graphics cards in CrossFire mode to boost 3D performance, although you won't see double the performance. Fitting a card into the second slot may also be difficult, as the Southbridge and the CMOS battery are very close.

The P5Q Pro has two PCI slots, a pair of PCI Express x1 slots, eight SATA ports, a six-pin FireWire 400 port, six USB ports and a coaxial S/PDIF connector. It's a generous array of slots and ports, but Gigabyte's GA-EP45-UD3R has even more.

Asus's P5Q Pro is a good motherboard, but others here are better value. Gigabyte's similarly priced GA-EP45-UD3R has even more slots and ports and similar overclocking options. If you want an Intel motherboard with CrossFire and an S/PDIF output, Foxconn's P43A is £26 cheaper.

Basic Specifications

Rating****
Processor socketLGA775
Form factorATX
Size305x244mm
Processor supportPentium 4, Pentium D, Pentium Extreme Edition, Core 2 Duo, Core 2 Quad, Core 2 Extreme Edition
Processor external bus400MHz (1,600MHz quad-pumped FSB)
Chipset north bridgeIntel P45
Chipset south bridgeIntel ICH10R
Passively-cooled north bridgeyes
Integrated graphicsNo
Supported memory typeDDR2 667/800/1066/1200
Maximum memory speedPC2-9600
Memory slots4
Maximum memory16GB
Dual-channel supportyes

Buying Information

Price£98
Supplierhttp://www.ebuyer.com
Detailswww.asus.com

Internal Ports

Power connectors1x 24-pin ATX, 1x 8-pin ATX
PCI-E x16 slots2
Dual graphics architectureCrossFireX
PCI-E x4 slots0
PCI-E x1 slots2
PCI slots2
Fan headers3
Floppy ports1
IDE ports1
Serial ATA ports8
RAID chipset (max disks)Intel ICH10R (6x SATAII, RAID 0, 1, 5, 10)

Features

Wired network ports1x 10/100/1000
Sound (ports)Realtek ALC1200 (coaxial S/PDIF, 6x analogue out)
USB2 ports / headers6/6
Firewire ports / headers1/1
Legacy ports2x PS/2, serial header
Other portsnone
Cables included2x SATA, 1x IDE, 1x Molex to SATA power
Brackets included1x eSATA, 1x FireWire
Software includednone

Setup and Overclocking

Voltage adjustmentCPU/RAM/chipset
CPU clock max adjustment800MHz

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