P5Q Deluxe Software And Accessories
Asus includes the same overclocking and system management utilities found in our Maximus II Formula description, and these work just as well on the P5Q-Deluxe. But the P5Q Deluxe has one feature not found on the Maximus II Extreme : a built-in operating system.
The Splashtop OS comes pre-loaded on Asus’ Express Gate SSD, but the SSD itself bears more resemblance to a thumb drive than one of those expensive laptop devices. There’s no room on it to store downloaded files, for example, and the pre-loaded OS is only a few megabytes in size.
The most useful function of this pre-loaded OS would be to download a new BIOS file, and this version now supports USB flash drives for storage. Unfortunately, we never found a way for the Splashtop OS to unzip the BIOS file we retrieved from the Asus Web site, so we still have to give a thumbs down to its functionality even though it does support Web browsing, Skype, the Pidgin IM client, a photo browser, and several useful configuration settings for the browser itself.
|Documentation & Software||Motherboard Manual|
|Motherboard Driver DVD|
|Chipset Fan Instructions|
|Asus Case Badge|
|Hardware||8x SATA Data Cable|
|Heatpipe Cooling Fan (Supplemental)|
|1x Asus Q-Connector Kit|
|2x 4-pin to SATA power adapter (two-device)|
|1x 80-conductor Ultra ATA cable|
|1x Floppy Cable|
|1x Port Breakout Plate (2x USB, 1x IEEE-1394)|
|1x I/O Panel Shield|
The P5Q Deluxe even has a slightly more elaborate cable kit, with the full eight internal SATA cables and support for running four SATA power connectors from two 4-pin inputs. The P5Q Deluxe also includes a supplemental chipset cooling fan for use with liquid-cooled-processor configurations, plus the ever-present Asus Q-Connector quick front panel connection kit.