Asus P5W DH Deluxe/WiFi In-Depth Overclocking Review
22 June 2007
Summary: Asus has engineered their way into the hearts of Overclockers and the homes of PC-Users the world over. Asus pioneered the OEM market, introducing “Enthusiast” style motherboards long before the phrase “PC-Enthusiast” was coined. Asus motherboards are synonymous with overclocking and the P5W DH Deluxe/WiFi is no exception.
Excerpt: The rise of digital home is just like a tsunami that is poinsed to take over the PC industry. To enjoy the digitalized convinience, you need the ASUS Digital Home series motherboard, a system that is designed solely for this purpose. ASUS Digital Home series motherbaord enables users to control the computer at a distance away, setup wireless network to enjoy wireless Skype phone, charge mobile devices even when the PC is turned off, and backup the database automatically.
Summary: I have to say, I'm pretty impressed with the Asus P5W DH Deluxe. Although there wasn't a huge increase in performance over the original Intel D975XBX motherboard, it nevertheless performed marginally better in all benchmarks.
What I particularly like about the P5W DH Deluxe are the extra features and goodies you get with it. Take for example, the built-in WiFi, it's 54G as standard and comes with great software.
Summary: Although I was quite impressed with the P5WD2-E Premium, the former ASUS 975X heavyweight, I feel the P5W DH Deluxe is a more solid product. The biggest improvement comes from the upgraded cooling system which I have found to be highly effective. The board design itself is also cleaner, and the updated features and processor support could be excuse enough for the new model. Another design improvement includes the PCI Express x16 expansion slot placement.
Summary: Without a doubt I have here two of the best Core 2 Duo ready motherboards on the market. The ASUS P5W DH Deluxe and P5B Deluxe are superb in just about every way. In fact, other than their price tags, I really have no complaints as they impressed me every step of the way. The question is which board will you choose? Priced at $250 US the P5W DH Deluxe it not for everyone, but then the P5B Deluxe is not exactly cheap at $230 US either.
Summary: Asus has once again produced an excellent enthusiast motherboard that's great for overclocking Intel's latest and greatest. While we don't have much here to make a comparison with, we're confident that the Asus should be on your short list if you're intending to upgrade to Conroe. The board layout is good if not perfect, the overclocking features are plenty and the package is full of nice surprises such as the remote control.
Summary: This board has some nice innovations and comes with plenty of purpose-built applications, but it also has some complexities. It performed well in our tests and was easy to install. It has ample connectivity options and supports the latest Intel CPUs, but it does cost a lot.
Conclusion: The ASUS P5W DH Deluxe has a lot of things going for it, though not for the reasons that ASUS is advertising the board for. The P5W DH Deluxe does feature some impressive multimedia capabilities, if you're going by its HD Audio with Dolby Master Studio and CrossFire capable graphics. However, these same features are also available on the older P5WD2-E Premium and are just as common as the next high-end motherboard you see in the market.