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ASUS Black Pearl Special Edition: P5K Premium

Let us take a look at the specifications.


LGA775 socket for Intel� Core�2 Quad / Core�2 Extreme / Core�2 Duo / Pentium� Extreme / Pentium� D / *Pentium� 4 Processors

Compatible with Intel� 05B/05A/06 processors

Support Intel� next generation 45nm Multi-Core CPU


Intel� P35 / ICH9R with Intel� Fast Memory Access Technology

Front Side Bus

1333 / 1066 / 800 MHz


4 x DIMM, max. 8GB, DDR2 1066*/800 / 667 MHz, non-ECC, un-buffered memory

Dual channel memory architecture

* The chipset officially supports the memory frequency up to DDR2 800MHz. Tuned by ASUS Super Memspeed Technology, this motherboard natively supports up to DDR2 1066MHz.

Expansion Slots

2 x PCI-E x16 (blue @ x16 mode, black @ x4 or x1 mode) supports CrossFire Technology
2 x PCI-E x1
3 x PCI


– 6 x SATA 3.0 Gb/s ports
– Supports RAID 0, 1, 5 and 10

JMicron� JMB363 PATA and SATA controller

– 1 x UltraDMA 133/100/66 for up to 2 PATA devices
– 2 x External SATA 3.0 Gb/s port (SATA On-the-Go)
– Supports SATA RAID 0,1 and JBOD


Dual Gigabit LAN controllers, featuring AI NET2

Marvell88E8056� PCI-E Gigabit LAN controller
RealtekRTL8110SC� PCI Gigabit LAN controller

Wireless LAN

54 Mbps IEEE 802.11g and backwards compatible with 11 Mbps IEEE 802.11b
– Software Access Point mode
– Station mode : Infrastruceure mode and Ad-Hoc mode


ADI� AD1988B 8-channel High Definition Audio CODEC
– Coaxial / Optical S/PDIF out ports at back I/O
– ASUS Noise Filter

IEEE 1394

IEEE 1394a controller supports 2 x 1394a ports (one at midboard; one at back panel)


10 x USB 2.0 ports (4 ports at mid-board, 6ports at back panel)

ASUS AI Lifestyle Features

ASUS Quiet Thermal Solution:
– ASUS Fanless Design: Heat-pipe solution
– ASUS Fanless Design: Stack Cool 2
– ASUS AI Gear2
– ASUS 8-Phase Power Design
– ASUS Q-Fan 2

ASUS Crystal Sound:

– ASUS AI Audio 2
– ASUS Noise Filter


– ASUS Q-Connector
– ASUS O.C. Profile
– ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
– ASUS EZ Flash 2
– ASUS AI Slot Detector

ASUS WiFi@Home

– ASUS WiFi-AP Solo

Other Features

ASUS MyLogo 3
Multi-language BIOS

Overclocking Features

Intelligent overclocking tools:
– AI NOS� (Non-delay Overclocking System)
– ASUS AI Booster utility

Precision Tweaker:

– vCore: Adjustable CPU voltage at 0.0125V increment
– vDIMM: 16-step DRAM voltage control
– vChipset: 4-step Chipset voltage control

SFS (Stepless Frequency Selection)
– FSB tuning from 200MHz up to 800MHz at 1MHz increment
– Memory tuning from 667MHz up to 1333MHz for DDR2
– PCI Express frequency tuning from 100MHz up to150MHz at 1MHz increment

Overclocking Protection:

– ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)

Back Ports I/O Connectors

1 x PS/2 Keyboard
1 x S/PDIF Out (Coaxial + Optical)
2 x External SATA
1 x IEEE1394a
2 x RJ45 port
6 x USB 2.0/1.1
1 x WiFi-AP Solo antenna jack
8-channel Audio I/O

Internal I/O Connectors

2 x USB connectors support additional 4 USB ports
1 x Floppy disk drive connector
1 x IDE connector
1 x COM connector
6 x SATA connectors
1 x CPU Fan connector
4 x Chassis Fan connector
1 x Power Fan connector
1 x IEEE1394a connector
Front panel audio connector
1 x S/PDIF Out Header
Chassis Intrusion connector
CD audio in
24-pin ATX Power connector
2 x 4-pin ATX 12V Power connector
System Panel(Q-Connector)


16 Mb Flash ROM, AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI2.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.3, ACPI 2.0a, Multi-language BIOS, ASUS EZ Flash 2, ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3


WfM 2.0, DMI 2.0, WOL by PME, WOR by PME, PXE

OS Compatibility

Windows Vista/XP


UltraDMA 133/100/66 cable
FDD cable
4 x Serial ATA cables
1 x 2-port Serial ATA power cable
I/O Shield
User’s manual
ASUS WiFi-AP Solo manual
3 in 1 Q-connector
1 x 2-port USB2.0 / 1-port IEEE1394 module
ASUS WiFi-AP Solo omni-directional antenna

Support CD

ASUS Update
ASUS WiFi-AP Solo Wizard
Anti-virus software (OEM version)
Image-Editing Suite

Form Factor

ATX Form Factor, 12"x 9.6" (30.5cm x 24.4cm)

Interestingly, the specifications are identical to that of the P5K Deluxe.


P5K Deluxe


P5K Premium

Are you seeing double now? We could forgive you if you mixed up both the P5K Deluxe and the P5K Premium or thought that we were showing the same image, because both boards look just about the same, down right to the PCB.

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