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Asus P5Q3


$145.00 Released January, 2010

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Excellent overclocking performance--solid heatsinks keep everything running cool and efficient. Great choice for the gamer on a budget--ATI CrossFireX, DDR3 support at a low price. Great layout--plenty of room for components, large GPUs.

The Cons:Inconsistent RAM performance--RAM often needs to be underclocked to avoid frequent crashes. Doesn't support 4GB RAM modules like most newer motherboards. Supports now out of date LGA 775 CPUs.

The Asus P5Q3 is a 775 socket, ATX Intel motherboard designed for only Intel Core 2 processors. It’s an upgrade from the P5P43TD, in that it adds along an extra PCI 2.0 x16 port, along with CrossFireX support.

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Everything else remains the same, including a lack of integrated video; a built-in high-definition audio module; and an integrated Gigabit LAN module. Like its counterpart, the P5Q3 relies on Dual-Channel DDR3 2000 (O.C.) RAM to help meet the higher bandwidth requirements of the Windows Vista and Windows 7 operating systems. It does host another improvement, however—a total of eight SATA Bays. This leaves room for potential RAID configurations of 1, 0, 5, and 10. Additional features include a IEEE 1394a interface, S/PDIF outputs for connecting to a home theater system, and a 3-year warranty.

Features

  • Intel Motherboard
  • ATX Form Factor
  • Socket 775
  • Intel Core 2 Processors ONLY
  • Third-Party Video Required
  • Integrated High-Definition Audio
  • DDR3 RAM ONLY
  • Eight SATA Bays
  • RAID Configuration Options
  • Dual PCI-e 2.0 x16
  • CrossFirex Support
  • Double PCI-e x1
  • FireWire/eSATA Support
  • Integrated Gigabit LAN
  • 3-Year Limited Warranty

Specifications

  • CPU Socket Type: LGA 775
  • CPU Type: Core 2 Quad/Extreme/Duo
  • FSB: 1333/1066 MHz
  • North Bridge: Intel P45
  • South Bridge: Intel ICH10R
  • Number of Memory Slots: 4×240pin
  • Memory Standard: DDR3 1800/1600
  • Maximum Memory Supported: 16GB
  • Channel Supported: Dual Channel
  • PCI Express 2.0 x16 | 2 (ATI CrossFirex)
  • PCI Express x1 | 3
  • PCI Slots | 2
  • PATA     1 x ATA100 2 Dev. Max
  • SATA 3Gb/s     8
  • RAID: 0/1/5/10
  • Audio Chipset: Realtek ALC1200
  • Audio Channels: 8 Channels
  • MAX Lan Speed: 10/100/1000

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  • 1

    Excellent overclocking performance--solid heatsinks keep everything running cool and efficient.

  • 1

    Great choice for the gamer on a budget--ATI CrossFireX, DDR3 support at a low price.

  • 1

    Great layout--plenty of room for components, large GPUs.

  • 1

    Great onboard sound--8-channel support, noise-filtering.

Cons
  • 2

    Inconsistent RAM performance--RAM often needs to be underclocked to avoid frequent crashes.

  • 1

    Doesn't support 4GB RAM modules like most newer motherboards.

  • 0

    Supports now out of date LGA 775 CPUs.

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