Asus is understandably one of the largest motherboard makers around, and luckily one of the more innovative and market-responsive mainboard makers. The P5E-VM HDMI we have with us today conforms to RoHS requirements so that Green Peace members don’t have to waste time holding plaques outside Asus’s Taipei office.
Out of the box
Before you go on to look at the close shots, here’s what Asus wants readers to know about the P5E-VM HDMI. Despite a smaller form factor, it provides much of the features of higher end boards. Essentials are taken care of so you can concentrate on other aspects of system building. Yes, you see it right, there’s purported DX10 support. Expect to be able to drop in the latest Core CPUs too, for 1333FSB is a piece of cake for the P5E-VM HDMI.
Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator X3500 integrated
1 x PCI-E
2 x PCI-E
1 x PCI
– 6 x
JMicron® JMB368 PATA controller:
– 1 x UltraDMA 133/100/66 for up to 2 PATA devices
Realtek ALC 883, 8-channel High-Definition Audio CODEC
Atheros L1 PCI-E Gigabit LAN controllers
12 x USB
A ICH9R! Interestingly, Asus has played cupid between the current generation Southbridge and the “Mainstream” desktop Northbridge. For the perpetually curious, you may have seen on Intel’s website that the G35 was originally intended for use with the ICH8 family of Southbridge chipsets.
All of a sudden, Asus’s slogan started making sense.