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.
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...
Conclusion: This board is a great option for existing Intel users wishing to upgrade, as it still uses DDR2 and it can handle all the latest CPUs. Its value-added features — Splashtop and an energy conservation utility — are also good reasons to choose this model.
Pros: Energy conservation software utility, plenty of connectivity, Splashtop interface, stable performance
Cons: We couldn't get music to play using Splashtop, one SATA port will be unusable if a long graphics card is installed