Excerpt: Intel's dual- and quad-core processors have taken the performance lead away from AMD and, in turn, driven many die-hard supporters towards thinking about an Intel-based system as their next computer - be it a build-it-yourself project or off-the-shelf system.
Asus P5E3 Deluxe WiFi Intel X38 Motherboard Review
16 October 2007
Excerpt: The Intel X38 chipset launched just last week and we are already on our second motherboard using it. The Asus P5E3 Deluxe motherboard is one of the few to offer not just two PCIe x16 slots, but three for the future triple GPU technologies.
Summary: I have to say, the Asus P5E3 Deluxe is a very good motherboard indeed. It outperformed all the motherboards we've tested to date, including its predecessor the Asus P5K3 Deluxe which uses the P35 chipset. If you look at the scores in all our benchmarks, the results speaks for themselves.
Summary: The P5E3 Deluxe (WiFi-AP @n) is an exceptional product from ASUS and dare I say it once again, this is probably the best motherboard we have ever tested. Although the P5E3 Deluxe is very much like the P5K3 Deluxe and many of the other ASUS P35 motherboards, it does come with enough new features to...
Conclusion: I’ll start of by saying that this is a very good motherboard. So far I haven’t had any stability issues at all, the only crashes I’ve had can be attributed to overclocking too far i.e. self inflicted.
Pros: Copper laiden cooling loooks great and cools well too, DDR3 is fast and overclockable, Maxed out my E2160 without breaking a sweat, Great layout, Fantastic fan control options, Excellent BIOS, Loads of useful expansion and connection options, Well packaged and finished off
Cons: BIOS F10 bug, Quite an expensive motherboard, X38 chipset is no longer the latest from intel, ASUS website for support is slow and not the most reliable, although good in content
Excerpt: The ‘Tools’ menu in the ASUS P5E3 Deluxe BIOS offer three additional BIOS level applications. The first of these is the ‘ASUS EZ Flash 2′ which as the name suggests is designed to allow users to flash their BIOS easily.
Excerpt: The P5E3 is an Intel X38 chipset based motherboard which means that it supports the latest 775 socket Intel CPUs. The X38 chipset supports both DDR2 & DDR3 memory but ASUS have chosen to provide support for DDR3 only on this board.
Excerpt: So now we come to performance, the question here though is how do you measure the performance of a motherboard? The problem is that most measurable tests are dependant on another component more so than the motherboard.
Excerpt: I’m always impressed by the packaging of motherboards and this X38 board from ASUS doesn’t disappoint. Things like CPUs and DVD/HDD drives are commonly available as OEM and arrive in just a anti-static bag or a small brown box whereas motherboards seem to always be sold in full colour boxes and tend...