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ASUS P5K Deluxe review

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The Intel P35 may be one of the most well 'known-unknown' chipsets to have come from the Intel stable in a while. Yes, we know that's self-contradictory, but it is still true nonetheless. Anyone following the processor and chipset market would have heard of Intel's next generation desktop chipset and most probably awaiting its arrival. With new features like DDR3, 1333MHz FSB and 45nm processor support, you'd think that it would be a big deal, but like what we've pointed out in our MSI P35 Platinum review (and we'll say it again), if you went to Intel's website today (at press time), you will still not find any link or information on this new chipset.

This is quite unlike Intel not to be tooting its own horn on a brand new product, but that hasn't stopped manufacturers from embracing the P35 wholeheartedly. ASUS for one, surprised us once again by having an entire armada of P35 boards ready the moment Intel's supposed launch date on the 21st May drew to a close. ASUS has a total of seven P35 boards in production, including two workstation class boards with PCI-X support. ASUS has been on a roll the whole of 2006 and it doesn't seem like they're losing any steam churning out board after board with rapid succession. How well each series actually sells may be debatable, but the sheer choice that ASUS provides can only be a good thing for consumers.

We brought you a preview of the two flagship boards in the ASUS P5K series earlier this month and we can finally show you just what the P5K Deluxe can do. Like the MSI P35 Platinum review before, we will dive right into the heart of the board and get down with benchmarks in this review.

The following lists the bundled peripherals that come with the ASUS P5K Deluxe:-

  • 2 x SATA data cables
  • 1 x SATA power converter cables (dual plugs)
  • 1 x 80-conductor Ultra ATA data cable
  • 1 x floppy drive data cable
  • USB 2.0 (2 ports) and IEEE 1394a (1 port) bracket
  • ASUS Q-Connector set
  • ASUS WiFi-AP Solo Antenna
  • I/O shield
  • Driver CDs
  • User's manual