Excerpt: We’ll be the first to admit that we were unimpressed by DDR3 when we first tested it last year, but there’s finally a glimmer of hope. What changed our minds? Asus’s spanking-fast P5E3 Deluxe WiFi-AP@n mobo, which uses the enthusiast-oriented X38 chipset. The X38’s main highlights are apparently useful DDR3 support and PCI Express 2.0 support.
Pros: Impressively fast and stable motherboard.
Cons: No SLI support; will soon be replaced by X48 version
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. It seems that Intel has finally delivered a high performance chipset in the form of the X38.
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. The layout of the board is good and allows for tidy cable management with the majority of connectors lined up along the front edge and the bottom edge, only the P4/8 connector for the CPU 12V is elsewhere and even that is close to the top edge which makes it easily...
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