Released January, 2010
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:Doesn't support 4GB RAM modules like most newer motherboards. Inconsistent RAM performance--RAM often needs to be underclocked to avoid frequent crashes. Supports now out of date LGA 775 CPUs.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.
- 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
- 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
User Reviews (2)
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.
Great onboard sound--8-channel support, noise-filtering.
Doesn't support 4GB RAM modules like most newer motherboards.
Inconsistent RAM performance--RAM often needs to be underclocked to avoid frequent crashes.
Supports now out of date LGA 775 CPUs.
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