ASUS’ P5Q Deluxe motherboard is an excellent building block for a power-conscious and powerful system, particularly if you plan on using only one graphics card. The P5Q lacks gimmicks and extras, but it does offer very good performance, excellent stability, and a good core set of features.
The Asus P5Q Deluxe is one of the first motherboards to use Intel’s new P45 (code-named “Eaglelake”) chipset. It makes a good basis for a solid motherboard that’s a full-featured, good performer but isn’t overly blinged out.
Though the P5Q Deluxe includes the P45, it still relies on DDR2 memory, supporting DDR2 speeds up to DDR2-1200. This makes it an attractive choice if you’re bringing over components from an earlier PC or trying to save cash. If you want the performance boost available from DDR3 memory, Asus offers the P5Q3 Deluxe, which is nearly identical except for its DDR3 support.
Published in: Hardware on 2008-08-08