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Asus P5Q Deluxe

11-Way P45 Motherboard Shootout
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Asus fans looking for better value in a high-end motherboard might consider the P5Q Deluxe. A Web price of around $200 gets buyers all the major features of the more expensive Maximus II Formula but far less bling.

Some users might even say that the P5Q Deluxe has more features than the Maximus II Formula, with a third PCI Express x16 graphics card slot and the “Asus Express Gate” SSD which comes pre-loaded with the Splashtop OS. But a few minor features are lost.

For example, the same AD2000BX audio codec is used, but it’s located onboard rather than on a riser card. P5Q Deluxe owners get back a slot this way, since the top PCI Express x1 slot is no longer serving as a chipset link for the codec card. And the gain of a third PCI Express x16 slot isn’t anything to brag about either, since the slot is limited to a maximum of x4 transfers and will drop to x1 mode if any of the other x1 slots are occupied.

The two PCI Express 2.0 slots still share 16 pathways, automatically switching between one by x16 or two by x8 modes depending on the number of cards installed, and other features that bolster the Maximus II Formula’s specifications, such as its sixteen-phase CPU voltage regulator and dual BIOS chips, can also be seen on the P5Q Deluxe.

The power and reset buttons still light up, although not in the showy way of the P5Q Deluxe’ more expensive sibling, and the same third-party SATA/Ultra ATA controller serves the same functions.

The P5Q Deluxe loses nothing to the Maximus II Formula in layout, with its memory slots being mounted too low being forgivable, since it allows shorter pathways to the northbridge for added high-speed stability. The primary PCI Express x16 slot has been moved southward in the same manner, to make extra room for DIMM latch clearance, with a PCI Express x1 and a legacy PCI slot above it. The biggest “unsolvable” issue with having the two major x16 slots located so far towards the bottom of the motherboard is that the third slot will become unusable if two graphics cards with double-thick coolers are installed.

Four of the eight internal Serial ATA connectors face forward, which will prevent them being used whenever an ATX chassis has a drive bay in close proximity to the motherboard’s front edge, but the four outward-facing ports have no such issues. One of the outward facing ports may however be blocked by the end of a long graphics card.

Located near the bottom of the motherboard’s front edge, anyone using the Ultra ATA connector may find it impossible to stretch the cable to the upper bay of taller cases. We sincerely believe that the majority of high-end builders won’t need Ultra ATA anyway.

The floppy connector has become slightly more important as many gamers cling to Windows XP, which requires a floppy drive for installing AHCI or RAID drivers. Asus had carefully considered this software issue, and has placed the cable header directly behind the typical location of an ATX tower’s 3.5” external bays.

Our constant complaint about front panel connectors being placde in the bottom rear corner applies to the FP audio header of the P5Q Deluxe, as the cables of some cases simply won’t reach that far. The Maximus II Formula had avoided the audio problem by putting this connector on a riser card, but instead had an IEEE-1394 FireWire port in the same location. Asus moved the P5Q Deluxe’ FireWire port slightly forward, easing, but not eliminating, the data connector issue.

Summary
  1. Introduction
  2. ASRock P45R2000-WiFi
  3. P45R2000-WiFi Onboard Devices
  4. P45R2000-WiFi BIOS And Overclocking
  5. P45R2000-WiFi Software And Accessories
  6. ASRock P45TS-R
  7. P45TS-R Onboard Devices
  8. P45TS-R BIOS And Overclocking
  9. P45TS-R Software And Accessories
  10. Asus Maximus II Formula
  11. Maximus II Formula Onboard Devices
  12. Maximus II Formula BIOS And Overclocking
  13. Maximus II Formula Software And Accessories
  14. Asus P5Q Deluxe
  15. P5Q Deluxe Onboard Devices
  16. P5Q Deluxe BIOS And Overclocking
  17. P5Q Deluxe Software And Accessories
  18. Biostar TSeries TP45 HP
  19. TP45 HP Onboard Devices
  20. TP45 HP BIOS And Overclocking
  21. TP45 HP Software And Accessories
  22. Biostar TPower i45
  23. TPower i45 Onboard Devices
  24. TPower i45 BIOS And Overclocking
  25. TPower i45 Software And Accessories
  26. ECS Black Series P45T-A
  27. P45T-A Onboard Devices
  28. P45T-A BIOS And Overclocking
  29. P45T-A Software And Accessories
  30. Gigabyte GA-EP45-DQ6
  31. EP45-DQ6 Onboard Devices
  32. EP45-DQ6 BIOS And Overclocking
  33. EP45-DQ6 Software And Accessories
  34. Jetway HI04
  35. HI04 Onboard Devices
  36. HI04 BIOS And Overclocking
  37. HI04 Software And Accessories
  38. MSI P45 Platinum
  39. P45 Platinum Onboard Devices
  40. P45 Platinum BIOS And Overclocking
  41. P45 Platinum Software And Accessories
  42. MSI P45D3 Platinum
  43. P45 D3 Platinum BIOS And Overclocking
  44. P45D3 Platinum Software And Accessories
  45. Test Hardware
  46. Benchmark Configuration
  47. Benchmark Results: 3D Games
  48. Benchmark Results: Applications
  49. Benchmark Results: Video Encoding And Synthetics
  50. Performance Analysis
  51. Onboard Audio Quality
  52. Power Consumption And Temperature
  53. Overclocking
  54. Conclusion
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