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ASUS P5WD2 Premium WiFi-TV Edition (Intel 955X Express)
By Zachary Chan
Category : Mainboard
Published by Vijay Anand on Monday, 4th July, 2005
Rating : 4 out of 5 stars  


Introduction

ASUS originally released their AI Proactive line of boards aimed to make computing easier for beginners while still fulfilling the needs of the power users. Their latest approach called AI Life is a combination of the same technologies AI Proactive offered, but the user base focus has now been slightly altered to encompass the lifestyle computing market as well. The PC is gradually being accepted as an entertainment and lifestyle product in the modern home and ASUS intends to have their motherboards at the heart of such systems. The AI Life branding is just such a move to carve out their niche.

We at www.hardwarezone.com® took a look at the current top dog of ASUS' AI Life series, the P5WD2 Premium WiFi-TV Edition (that's a mouthful, but its exactly what it is). The P5WD2 family is based on the Intel 955X Express chipset and comes in two basic flavors; vanilla P5WD2 and the P5WD2 Premium. However, the Premium version itself has an optional component that forms the WiFi-TV Edition and we just couldn't resist checking it out. Before we begin, we'll let you ogle the packaging and specifications of the P5WD2 Premium WiFi-TV Edition.

The ASUS P5WD2 Premium motherboard.


ASUS P5WD2 Premium motherboard bundle
  • 5 x SATA data cables
  • 2 x SATA power converter cables (dual plugs)
  • 1 x SATA power converter cable (single plug)
  • 2 x 80-conductor Ultra ATA data cables
  • 1 x 40-conductor IDE data cable
  • 1 x floppy drive data cable
  • SLI high-speed digital link interface bridge
  • IEEE 1394a port bracket
  • USB 2.0 (2 ports) and Game port bracket
  • COM port bracket
  • I/O shield
  • Driver CD
  • InterVideo WinDVD Platinum Suite
  • User's manual


    WiFi-TV Edition additional bundle
  • ASUS WiFi-TV PCI card
  • IR Remote controller
  • USB IR receiver
  • AV cable
  • PAL/SECAM to NTSC RD adapter
  • FM antenna
  • Omni-directional dual-band Wireless LAN antenna
  • Support CD (CyberLink PowerCinema, PowerDirector and drivers)
  • User's guide

    ASUS P5WD2 Premium Technical Specifications
    CPU Support
    • Supports 90nm LGA775 processor package
    • Supports Intel Pentium D / Pentium Processor Extreme Edition processors
    • Supports Intel Pentium 4 / Pentium 4 Extreme Edition processors
    • Intel Hyper-Threading Technology ready
    Chipset
    • Northbridge: Intel 955X Express
      • 533 / 800 / 1066MHz front side bus
      • PCI Express x16 graphics
    • Southbridge: Intel ICH7R
      • Intel High Definition Audio
      • Supports six PCI Express x1 lanes
      • Supports up to eight USB 2.0 ports
      • Supports four SATA II ports (with RAID 0 and 1 capabilities)
      • Single-channel Ultra ATA-100 IDE port
    Memory
    • Supports four unbuffered DIMMs of 1.8 Volt DDR2 SDRAM
    • Supports 677/533/400 dual channel DDR2 memory architecture
    Storage
    • Intel ICH7R Southbridge
      • 1 x Ultra ATA 33/66/100 (data transfer rate up to 100MB/sec.)
      • 4 x SATA II (Serial ATA II 3.0Gbps interface)
      • Intel Matrix Storage Technology
      • Supports RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 0+1, RAID 5
    • Silicon Image Sil3132 SATAIIRAID controller
      •  2 x SATA II (Serial ATAII 3.0Gbps interface)
      •  Supports RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 0+1
    • ITE8211F IDE controller
      • 2 x Ultra ATA 33/66/100/133 (data transfer rate up to 133MB/sec.)
    Audio
    • Intel High Definition Audio (Azalia)
    • Realtek ALC882D HD Audio CODEC
    Networking
    • Intel PC82573V PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet controller
    • Marvell 88E8001 PCI Gigabit Ethernet controller
    IEEE 1394 (FireWire)
    • Texas Instruments TSB43AB22A IEEE 1394a host controller
    • 2 x 1394a ports @ 800 Mbps speed
    I/O Interface
    • 1 x Floppy connector
    • 3 x Ultra ATA IDE connectors
    • 6 x SATA connectors
    • 8 x USB 2.0 ports (4 x rear, 4 x bracket)
    • 2 x IEEE 1394a ports (2 x header, 1 x header)
    • 2 x RJ45 LAN ports
    • 1 x Optical S/PDIF Output
    • 1 x Coaxial S/PDIF Output 
    • 8-Channel Audio I/O ports
    • 1 x CD-IN
    • 1 x 9-pin serial port
    • 1 x parallel port (SPP/EPP/ECP)
    • 1 x mini-DIN-6 PS/2 mouse port
    • 1 x mini-DIN-6 PS/2 keyboard port
    Expansion Slots
    • 2 x PCIe x16 slots, PCI Express Bus specification v1.0a compliant
    • 1 x PCIe x1 slots, PCI Express Bus specification v1.0a compliant
    • 3 x 32-bit PCI slots, PCI 2.3 compliant
    Special Features
    • WiFi-TV PCI card (WiFi-TV Edition only)
      • Digital TV (DVB-T), Analog TV, FM
      • Wireless LAN IEEE 802.11a/b/g
    • ASUS Stack Cool 2
    • ASUS AI Net2
    • ASUS NOS
    • ASUS PEG Link
    PCB
    • ATX Form Factor, 12"x 9.6"(30.5cm x 24.4cm)


    Rear Panel of the P5WD2 Premium.
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