Four 975X Motherboards For Core 2 Duo

Asus P5W DH Deluxe: The Flagship, Slightly Off Course

Feature Overview

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Asus P5W DH Deluxe (Rev. 1.02g)
NorthbridgeIntel 975X (Rev. C0)
SouthbridgeIntel ICH7R (82801 GB)
Voltage Regulator8 Phases
BIOS0901 (07/24/06)
Clock GeneratorICS954123CGLF
266.6 MHz (FSB1066)267.1 MHz (+0.16%)
Connectors and Interfaces
onboard2x PCIe x161x PCIe x13x PCI4x USB 2.01x Firewire1x IDE6x SATA1x SPDIF Out1x Fan 4 pins (CPU)3x Fan 3 pins (System)
IO panel2x PS2 (keyboard + mouse)1x COM2x Network4x USB 2.01x Firewire1x eSATA1x WLAN1x SPDIF out1x optical Out1x 7.1 Channel Audio
Mass Storage Controllers
ICH71x IDE (ATA100/66/33)4x SATA (RAID 0,1,5,10)
Silicon Image SiI4723CBHU2x SATA (RAID 0,1)
Jmicron JMB3631x IDE (ATA133/100/66)1x SATA
Marvell 88E8053 PCIe1x 1 Gbit/s LAN
Marvell 88E8053 PCIe1x 1 Gbit/s LAN
Realtek ALC882M 7.1AC97 or High Definition Audio
Texas Instruments TI 43AB22A2x 1394a (400 Mbit/s)

This board has every connector you would typically want, with the possible exception of a parallel port. Asus provides an external SATA connector, but without a power connector. For system power, you can keep using your existing power supply unit if it offers the standard 4-pin ATX-12V connector; the 8-pin version is not required.

In addition to the chipset's four Serial ATA ports, this motherboard has a Silicon Image chip that brings in four more connectors. It is even possible to set up a huge RAID 10 array across all eight SATA ports. Users of UltraATA legacy devices will be happy to hear that there is a third mass storage device available: JMicron's chip offers one more SATA port and an UltraATA/133 channel for older hard drives or optical drives. However, the positioning of its connectors is not very useful, as it takes a long UltraATA cable to connect a device to the JMicron's UltraATA port. One of the SATA ports is also placed right next to the chipset heat-pipe, which can become pretty hot.