ASUS Black Pearl Special Edition: P5K Premium
The Asus P5K Premium boldly claims that this board has lower operating temperatures than other thermal solutions out there in the market, as well as providing cleaner power to the CPU of 30% reduced power ripples during heavy loads.
Are all these simply marketing talk or some serious engineering effort by Asus? VR-Zone checks it out in this very review…
ASUS announced the 3rd Generation Black Pearl Special Edition P5K Premium motherboard in celebration of their 18th anniversary about a month ago. The board comes with native DDR2-1066 support and options to achieve up to DDR2-1400 speeds, courtesy of ASUS’ engineers. ASUS also claims that this board has operates at lower temperatures on load compared to other mainboards out there in the market, as well as providing cleaner power to the CPU of 30% reduced power ripples during heavy loads (hint: quad cores) with its updated circuitry.
A quick check over at ASUS’ web site reveals that there are more than ten motherboards that are based just on the Intel P35 chipset. One wonders if there is such a need for so many products in such a short period, and could the P5K Premium be just another P35 motherboard from Asus?
The motherboard comes in a very attractive blue outer packaging with a reflective surface.
On the back of the packaging is a column with the usual PR talk about their Super Memspeed Technology, O.C. King abilities (lower temperatures and better signal integrity) and their heatpipe design.
Upon removing the outer cover, we are greeted by the same black box used for the P5K Deluxe. It is said that there is a revised box that is light blue in colour for later shipments, with the words "Black Pearl Edition" instead of "WiFi-AP Edition".