Summary: Back when we tested the ASUS P5Q3 Deluxe it quickly became obvious that the P45 was a winner, improving on the performance and efficiency of the original P35 chipset. When armed with DDR2 memory the P45 is just as lethal, matching the more expensive X48 chipset every step of the way. The P5Q Deluxe is expected to retail for a little over $200 US, making it a great value option for those looking to upgrade to the new Intel 45nm processors.
Summary: Apart from the inclusion of second generation PCI Express connectivity at the north bridge, Intel's upcoming P45 chipset doesn't pack much in the way of new features. However, based on our experiences with Asus' P5Q and P5Q3 Deluxe motherboards, the die-shrunk P45 appears to have loads of overclocking headroom and very low power consumption to go along with solid performance.