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P5B DLX or P5W DH for Conroe ?

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July 24, 2006 7:20:57 PM

hi all !

Can someone please tell me their thoughts about these motherboards ?

Which of them is better or worse for Conroe ?

I am not so much into overclocking, but maybe in the future..

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a b V Motherboard
July 30, 2006 8:08:47 AM

If you're not into overclocking, go for the P5B. If you are likely to get into heavy overclocking (over 400Mhz) down the road, go for the P5W DH board.
July 30, 2006 11:28:52 AM

Well, I just installed my dads p5w dh - very feature rich. Only problem was the heat pipe from NB to power regulation - the bundled fan will have to be installed as the temps got up to 50c (the heatpipe can function as silent or with the fan aka media pc or gaming platform).

Compared to my Intel 975xbx, the Asus is just in a league of it's own - no wonder the whole web benchmarks with this board.

P5b is nice, as it has the ich8 memory controller, but like Prophecy said - OC is a pain in the behind. Plus it's still brand new, so bios issues MIGHT be present.

Both boards support Core 2 Duo, and the quad cores next year.
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July 30, 2006 4:57:25 PM

Thanks for the answers !

I reveived a P5B Dlx some days ago and I have installed my X6800 on it and it seem to work very well !

The only thing I wonder about is that the cpu fan is over 2600rpm all the time, I cant seem to get q-fan work alright ? (I have a zalman 9500)

I have bios 0302...
a b V Motherboard
July 30, 2006 5:40:48 PM

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I have installed my X6800 on it and it seem to work very well !



What are you comparing it to? What did you use before setting up the x6800? Very well? Expand a little.
a b V Motherboard
July 30, 2006 5:43:45 PM

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Question?

I have the P5LD2-VM. Will this board I have support C2D? Will a BIOS revision doe it?

Thanks in advance.
a b V Motherboard
July 30, 2006 5:56:48 PM

I guess I'm asking, what is PCB? here are the processors supported by the P5ld2-VM micro. I knmow my board supports 1066 FSB, but I'm a little confused by the ASUS Core 2 Duo processors listed here. Would you know what PCB/2.00G means? Then a BIOS version is given. Maybe you can clarify? Thanks.

Core 2 Duo E6300 (1.86GHz,1066FSB,L2:2MB,rev.B2) 2.00G 0901

Core 2 Duo E6400 (2.13GHz,1066FSB,L2:2MB,rev.B2) 2.00G 0901

Core 2 Duo E6600 (2.40GHz,1066FSB,L2:4MB,rev.B2) 2.00G 0901

Core 2 Duo E6700 (2.66GHz,1066FSB,L2:4MB,rev.B2) 2.00G 0901

Core 2 Extreme X6800 (2.93GHz,1066FSB,L2:4MB,rev.B2) 2.00G 0901
July 30, 2006 6:15:55 PM

I compare it to the P5WD2-E Premium I had earlier, but with that I had a P4 955 Expreme..

Today I have approx 40 degree celsius at 2700 rpm with the X6800...
a b V Motherboard
July 30, 2006 6:21:27 PM

I was speaking to the x6800. How do you compare using it to what you previously used?
July 30, 2006 6:25:54 PM

I have not tested it to the max yet...

But for normal use it works really well and fast :) 
July 31, 2006 6:07:08 PM

If you are using a Zalman CPU cooler, then I think you can forget about the mobo controlling the fan - I might be wrong, but that's my guess.
a b V Motherboard
July 31, 2006 6:10:05 PM

The LED version of the CNPS9500 comes with Fanmate, a manual fan controller.... I believe the AM2 version also comes with Fanmate. You can simply plug it into the board and skip fanmate altogether though.
July 31, 2006 7:52:11 PM

Yepp, I know about the fanmate, I will try that later ;) 
August 2, 2006 6:28:28 PM

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The LED version of the CNPS9500 comes with Fanmate, a manual fan controller.... I believe the AM2 version also comes with Fanmate. You can simply plug it into the board and skip fanmate altogether though.



Is it a good idea to skip the fan mate with a 9500 Zalman, especially when overclocking?
a b V Motherboard
August 2, 2006 8:41:58 PM

I'd use it.... no harm in not doing so.
August 3, 2006 7:54:51 PM

has anyone here with a P5W DH gone through the BIOS Flash to get the board to support C2D? I'm just wondering what the proceedure is.
a b V Motherboard
August 3, 2006 8:24:59 PM

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has anyone here with a P5W DH gone through the BIOS Flash to get the board to support C2D? I'm just wondering what the proceedure is.


I do not own thye P5w DH. I do own recently released ASUS boards. I have 3 total. Maybe I can help, maybe not.

There are 3 basic ways to flash your new board.

If the BIOS you have will allow you to post and load up windows you can download the latest BIOS file from ASUS to your desktop. Use the BIOS online update tool (utility on the MB disk) and just flash from the desktop.

ASUS has EZFLASH. You download the BIOS and save it to a floppy. Then follow the written instructions provide in thye MB MANUEL.

ASUS also has Crash Free BIOS. You will not waste time and effort setting CMOS pins. The MB manuel explains the BIOS flash procedure well. Hope this helps
a b V Motherboard
August 3, 2006 8:43:16 PM

It's always safer to do the flash from a floppy though. I don't have enough fingers for the number of people I know who were flashing their BIOS from within Windows and had it bluescreen on them during the process.
a b V Motherboard
August 3, 2006 10:20:56 PM

I ruined a MSI board that way. Worked pefect one minute. Tore down in a box to MSI the next. ASUS lets you load the file onto the desktop and flash it from that file. Otherwise, EZFLASH is unique to ASUS as far as I know. That's done booting to a ffloppy. Then there's the old way with a flash tool and a file on a floppy.

I have crashed my P5LD2-VM ASUS micro probably 150 times overclocking my 805 D Smithfield. How'd you like to set the jumper for that! :D  ASUS has crash free BIOS. I crash it and ASUS obliges! :D 

I like the crash free feature. I have some MSI boards that read IN THE MANUAL, "touch the BIOS settings and you will learn to appreciate ASUS!" LOL!
August 4, 2006 8:15:35 AM

Has anyone that actually has a P5W DH and had to flash it have any information...?

I'm under the impression that:
A. if it ships with v601+ BIOS you can boot it with a C2D enough to flash
B. you need to flash to v701, 801, or 901 to fully support a C2D
C. You can call ASUS and have them ship you a new BIOS chip if you can't flash

The only other LGA775 chip i have is my P4 560J, do u think that will work in the P5WDH enought to POST so i can flash the bios?
a b V Motherboard
August 4, 2006 9:24:37 AM

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Has anyone that actually has a P5W DH and had to flash it have any information...?

I'm under the impression that:
A. if it ships with v601+ BIOS you can boot it with a C2D enough to flash
B. you need to flash to v701, 801, or 901 to fully support a C2D
C. You can call ASUS and have them ship you a new BIOS chip if you can't flash

The only other LGA775 chip i have is my P4 560J, do u think that will work in the P5WDH enought to POST so i can flash the bios?


You will need BIOS rev 0801 to run up to x6800. BIOS rev 0901 to run x6800.

Here:

http://support.asus.com/cpusupport/cpusupport.aspx?SLan...


Core 2 Duo E6300 (1.86GHz,1066FSB,L2:2MB,rev.B2) ALL 0801

Core 2 Duo E6400 (2.13GHz,1066FSB,L2:2MB,rev.B2) ALL 0801

Core 2 Duo E6600 (2.40GHz,1066FSB,L2:4MB,rev.B2) ALL 0801

Core 2 Duo E6700 (2.66GHz,1066FSB,L2:4MB,rev.B2) ALL 0801

Core 2 Extreme X6800 (2.93GHz,1066FSB,L2:4MB,rev.B2) ALL 0901

I don't know about calling ASUS and having the company ship you a new BIOS chip. That would be great if so.

Apparently the P5WDH supports your P4-506. I would definately use that chip if I could not get the system to boot to your Core 2 duo. Load up windows with the P4-506. Then in widows ASUS provides a windows tool called ASUS Update. Load the 0901 BIOS file to your desktop. Open ASUS Update tool. Click on the drop down menu in the tool. Choose 'update BIOS from File'. Update from your desktop. :D 

P4-506 (2.66 GHz) (533 FSB, EM64T) ALL ALL

P4-506 (2.66 GHz) (533 FSB, EM64T, revG1) ALL ALL
August 4, 2006 9:46:26 AM

Quote:
The only other LGA775 chip i have is my P4 560J, do u think that will work in the P5WDH enought to POST so i can flash the bios?


Have a look.

http://support.asus.com/download/download.aspx?SLanguag...

actually it was a P4 560, not 506, but just the same, i checked the list from the link and it supports the 560 too, so yay!
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