small ASUS P5B Deluxe Quad Core & CrossFire Test

Today we will be taking a look at how the Asus P5B Deluxe fare with The highest end CPUs available in the market today, the Q6700 and X6800. At the same time, we’ll take a look at Gigabyte’s unreleased Gigabyte 975X-DS5, comparing ATI Crossfire performance between the two boards at the same time…

Today we will be taking a look at how the Asus P5B Deluxe fare with The highest end CPUs available in the market today, the Q6700 and X6800. At the same time, we’ll take a look at Gigabyte’s unreleased Gigabyte 975X-DS5, comparing ATI Crossfire performance between the two boards at the same time.

IMG 3518 ASUS P5B Deluxe Quad Core & CrossFire Test

The Asus P5B Deluxe is based on the Intel 965P chipset, and is one of the more overclockable board of this chipset around. It has since been superceeded by the Asus Commando 965P mainboard that we reviewed a few days ago. Before we continue, let’s take a look at specifications of the mainboard.  

CPU
Intel?Quad-core CPU Ready
LGA775 socket for Intel?Core? Extreme / Core? Duo / Pentium® Extreme / Pentium?D / Pentium?4 / Celeron?D Processors
Compatible with Intel?05B/05A/06 processors
Intel?Hyper-Threading Technology ready
* Refer to www.asus.com for Intel CPU support list
* Please update the latest BIOS to support Intel Quad-core CPU
Chipset

Intel?P965 / ICH8R with Intel?Fast Memory Access Technology

Front Side Bus
1066 / 800 / 533 MHz
Memory
4 x DIMM, max. 8GB, DDR2 800 / 667 / 533 MHz, non-ECC, un-buffered memory
Dual channel memory architecture
* Refer to www.asus.com or user manual for Memory QVL (Qualify Vendor List)
Expansion Slots
2 x PCI-E x16 (blue @?x16 mode, black @ x2 or x4 mode)
1 x PCI-E x1 (x1 or diabled mode)
3 x PCI 2.2
CrossFire
Supports ATI CrossFire graphics cards (blue @ x16 mode and black @ x4 mode)
Storage
Southbridge
? 6 x SATA 3.0 Gb/s ports
? Intel Matrix Storage Technology 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
? 1 x Internal SATA 3.0 Gb/s port
? 1 x External SATA 3.0 Gb/s port (SATA On-the-Go)
? Support SATA RAID 0, 1 and JBOD (by 1x External SATA & 1x Internal SATA)
LAN
Dual Gigabit LAN controllers, both featuring AI NET2
Marvell?PCI-E and PCI Gigabit LAN controllers
Audio

ADI?AD1988B 8-channel High Definition Audio CODEC
? Support Jack-Sensing, Enumeration, Multi-streaming and Jack-Retasking
? Coaxial / Optical S/PDIF out ports at back I/O
? ASUS Noise Filter
? ASUS Array Mic
? DTS Connect?/p>

IEEE 1394
TI?1394a controller supports 2 x IEEE 1394a ports (one at midboard; one at back panel)
USB
8 x USB2.0 ports (4 ports at mid-board, 4 ports at back panel)
ASUS AI Lifestyle Features
ASUS Quiet Thermal Solution:
? ASUS AI Gear
? ASUS AI Nap
? ASUS 8-Phase Power Design
? ASUS Fanless Design: Heat-pipe solution
? ASUS Fanless Design: Stack Cool 2
? ASUS Q-Fan 2
? ASUS Optional Fan for Water-cooling or Passive-Cooling only
ASUS Crystal Sound:
? ASUS Noise Filter
? ASUS Array Mic
ASUS EZ DIY:
? ASUS Q-Connector
? ASUS O.C. Profile
? ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
? ASUS EZ Flash 2
? ASUS Power LED
Other ASUS Special Features

ASUS MyLogo 2
Multi-language BIOS

Overclocking Features
Intelligent overclocking tools:
? AI NOS?(Non-delay Overclocking System)
? AI Overclocking (intelligent CPU frequency tuner)
? ASUS PEG Link – Automatically performance tuning for graphics card
? ASUS AI Booster utility
Precision Tweaker:
? vCore: Adjustable CPU voltage at 0.0125V increment
? vDIMM: 13-step DRAM voltage control
? vChipset: 4-step Chipset voltage control
SFS (Stepless Frequency Selection)
? FSB tuning from 100MHz up to 650MHz at 1MHz increment
? Memory tuning from 533MHz up to 1066MHz
? PCI Express frequency tuning from 100MHz up to 150MHz at 1MHz increment
Overclocking Protection:
? ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)
Back Panel I/O Ports
1 x PS/2 Keyboard
1 x PS/2 Mouse
1 x Serial port
1 x S/PDIF Out (Coaxial + Optical)
1 x External SATA
1 x IEEE1394a
2 x RJ45 port
4 x USB 2.0/1.1
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
7 x SATA connectors
1 x CPU Fan connector
3 x Chassis Fan connector
1 x Power Fan connector
1 x IEEE1394a connector
Front panel audio connector
1 x Azalia Digital Header
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
BIOS
8 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
Manageability
WfM 2.0, DMI 2.0, WOL by PME, WOR by PME, PXE
Accessories
UltraDMA 133/100/66 cable
FDD cable
SATA cables
SATA power cables
I/O Shield
User’s manual
USB2.0 port module
3 in 1 Q-connector
IEEE1394 port module
Optional Fan for Water-Cooling or Passive-Cooling only
Array Mic
Support CD
Drivers
ASUS PC Probe II
ASUS Update
AI Booster
ASUS AI Suite
Anti-virus software (OEM version)
Form Factor
ATX Form Factor, 12"x 9.6" (30.5cm x 24.5cm)