Summary: The Asus P5E3 Premium is bursting with features: FireWire, gigabit ethernet, wireless-N, eSATA, ATI Crossfire — the list goes on and on. Though the CPU support on our sample was problematic, this was probably isolated to our sample. Other reviews around the web do not mention anything like the CPU / EPU problems we encountered. The board's main negative is obviously the price. Many users would balk at a $200 motherboard, and the retail price is almost double that.
Pros: Amazing feature-set, Can control 5 fans, Express Gate, Overclocks well
Cons: Ridiculous price, CPU support buggy, EPU a bust?
Conclusion: The ASUS P5E3 Premium WIFI Ap@n is ASUS’s top of the line X48 motherboard that currently retails in the $350.00 to $400.00 USD range. It is highly feature laden and in our testing all of the features worked as advertised which is quite exceptional in today’s market. The board is extremely well built using only the best components as it should be for the price that you are paying.
ASUS P5E3 Premium/Wifi-AP.N Intel X48 Express Motherboard Review
8 April 2008
Summary: For starters, the ASUS P5E3 Premium has a class-N wireless network card integrated into the motherboard's design that pulls double duty as a Wireless access point, in addition to a pair of wired gigabit LAN ports.
Summary: The only numbers worth mentioning are surprisingly subpar disk I/O numbers and a performance edge in FEAR. The Premium’s one serious advantage over Nvidia’s 780i is still pretty valuable though: validated 1,600MHz front-side bus support, which makes it a far safer bet for anyone who places CPU performance above running two GeForce cards in SLI. But who knows, maybe AMD will do Intel a favor one day by introducing GPUs that people will use.
Pros: Official 1,600FSB support, eSATA, and 802.11n for free!
Summary: Above all, we note the major shortcoming of both the boards - they are aimed solely at DDR3 memory. The motherboards themselves and the chipset itself have nothing to complain about. The problem is that the price of a DDR3 kit is much higher than the similar DDR2 kit. At the same time, there isn't much of a speed difference between systems based on DDR2 and DDR3. The only exception is some specific applications, as well as systems based on 4-core processors.
Pros: high stability and good performance level;, two PCI Express x16 slots;, support for SerialATA II /RAID ( 7 lines; ICH9R + Marvell 88SE6111);, support for one P-ATA line (Marvell 88SE6111);, integrated 8-channel audio and Gigabit Ethernet LAN controller;, support for USB2.0 (12 ports) and IEEE-1394 (Firewire, 2 ports);, rich package bundle (includes AI Remote, an additional fan);, passive/active system for cooling the chipset and the power supply module;, a wide select...
Excerpt: Dnes se prostřednictvím dvou zajímavých základních desek od společnosti ASUS, podíváme na novou čipovou sadu Intel X48. Otestujeme jak jeho DDR2, tak DDR3 verzi. Přímá konkurence nedávno představené čipové sady Nvidia 790i je zde...
ASUS: P5E64 WS Evolution e P5E3 Premium WiFi-AP @n
19 July 2008
Excerpt: Intel pochi mesi dopo il lancio del chipset di fascia alta Intel X38, ha presentato il successore Intel X48 dedicato ovviamente al pubblico enthusiast. In questo articolo abbiamo analizzato le più importanti proposte basate su chipset X38, quest’oggi invece analizzeremo due proposte offerte da ASUS. Questa volta non abbiamo avuto la possibilità di confrontare queste due schede madri con la Foxconn BlackOPS per poter fare un paragone in ambito overclock.