small ASUS P5W DH Deluxe 975X Board Preview...

It’s fine time for you, the vr-zoner to check out how exactly does the Asus P5W DH Deluxe, one of the few Intel Glenwood 975X mainboards in the market now that supports the Conroe… Wait! The mainboard comes with a remote control? Wadda…

The Asus P5W DH Deluxe is poised to take over its predecessor,
the Asus P5WD2-E Premium in line with Intel’s latest range of Intel Core 2 Duo
Processsors based on the Conroe core. Asus has decided to introduce some new
features into the current generation of Intel mainboards with association to
Intel’s VIIV technology, and partially, to correct the faults that were reported
by users world wide that were present on its P5WD2-E Premium predecessor. As
such, Asus has also implemented their widely acclaimed Heatpipe technology onto
the P5W DH Deluxe, complimenting the other thermal features found onboard like
the Stack Cool 2 and the 8-phase power design.

box ASUS P5W DH Deluxe 975X Board Preview...

The P5W DH Deluxe’s box in all its glory

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A peek into the box… Do I see a remote
control? Holy…

The Asus P5W DH Deluxe, as mentioned in the previous paragraph,
focuses a lot on Intel ViiV’s Digital Home concept, with home theatre features
such as an included remote control to power your PC up and
down together with media control capabilities. Other new features introduced
includes Asus’ latest EZ-Backup™ Technology, that utilises
a Hardware RAID replicator that allows you to run RAID 0 or 1 without the need
to configure anything, switching between the two with just a simple flick of
a jumper onboard. Asus has also placed some nifty features such as their MP3-in™
technology
, that allows you to connect your MP3 player or other media
devices to your speakers via an input bracket, allowing you to use your speakers
even when the computer is switched off. We will dwell into the intricate details
in the pages to come, first, let’s take a look at the brief specifications of
the Asus P5W DH Deluxe.

Specifications:

CPU
LGA775 socket for Intel® Pentium 4/Celeron CPU
Support Intel Pentium® Processor Extreme Edition & Intel Pentium®
D Processor
Support Intel 65nm, Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Extreme
Support Intel next generation Mulit-Core CPU
Compatible with Intel 05B/ 05A and 04B/04A processors
Intel EM64T and Hyper-Threading Technology ready
Chipset
Intel 975X
Intel ICH7R
Front
Side Bus
1066/ 800 MHz
Memory
Dual channel memory architecture
4 x 240-pin DIMM sockets support max. 8GB DDR2 800/ 667/ 533 ECC and non-ECC
memory
Intel MPT (Intel Memory Pipeline Technology)
ASUS Hyper Path3
Expansion
Slots
2 x PCI Express x 16 slot for discrete graphics card (supporting Xfire
Mode @ 8X)
2 x PCI Express x 1
3 x PCI
Storage/RAID
capabilities
Intel ICH7R South Bridge:
*1 x UltraDMA 100/66/33
*3 x Serial ATA 3.0Gb/s with Intel? Matrix Storage Technology with RAID
0, 1, 5 support
Jmicron JMB363 controller
*1 x UltraDMA 133/100/66
*1 x External Serial ATA 3.0Gb/s (ASUS SATA-on-the-Go) and 1 x Serial ATA
3.0Gb/s with RAID 0, 1, JBOD support
Silicon Image 4723 Hardware RAID controller (ASUS EZ-Backup)
*2 x Serial ATA 3.0Gb/s with RAID 0, 1 support
*Support RAID 10 cross Intel? ICH7R and Silicon Image 4723 controller
LAN
Dual Gigabit LAN controllers
*2 x Marvell 88E8053 Gigabit LAN Controller, both featuring AI NET2
Wireless LAN: 54Mbps IEEE 802.11g on Realtek RTL8187L WLAN
Controller (ASUS WiFi-AP Solo®)
Audio
Realtek ALC882M High Definition Audio 8-channel CODEC
Support Multi-streaming, Jack-sensing and Jack-retasking functions
Anti Pop Function
Coaxial, Optical S/PDIF out on back I/O port
Features Dolby Master Studio technology
– Dolby Prologic IIX
– Dolby Headphone
– Dolby Virtual Speaker
– Dolby Digital Live
Firewire
TI 1394 controller supports 2 x 1394a ports
USB
Max. 8 USB2.0/1.1 ports
Asus
Digital Home Accessories
1 x Asus DH Remote™
1 x ASUS DH Remote™ Receiver
1 x ASUS MP3-In™ module
1 x ASUS WiFi-AP Solo Antenna
2 x ASUS EZ-Backup™ SATA cables
Asus
AI Lifestyle features
Stack Cool 2 patented fanless cooling system
"SATA on the Go" External SATA connector
AI Quiet
Overclocking
features
AI NOS? (Non-delay Overclocking System)
ASUS PEG Link
Precision Tweaker:
– vDIMM: 12-step DRAM voltage control
– vCore: Adjustable CPU voltage at 0.0125 increment
– SFS (Stepless Frequency Selection): allowing FSB tuning from 200MHz up
to 400MHz at 1MHz increment
– PCIe x16 Frequency: allowing PCIe x16 frequency from 90MHz up to 150MHz
at 1MHz increment"
AI Overclocking (intelligent CPU frequency tuner)
Adjustable FSB/DDR ratio. Fixed PCI/PCIe frequencies.
ASUS AI Booster utility
ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)
Other
Asus special features
CrashFree BIOS 3
EZ-Flash2
Q-Fan2
Multi-language BIOS
MyLogo2
BIOS
8 Mb Flash ROM,AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI2.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.3
Manageability
WOL by PME, WOR by PME, Chassis Intrusion, PXE & RPL
Back
Panel I/O Ports
1 x Serial Port
1 x Optical + 1 x Coaxial S/PDIF Output
1 x PS/2 Keyboard
1 x PS/2 Mouse
2 x RJ45
4 x USB 2.0/1.1
1 x IEEE1394a
1 x External SATA port
1 x WiFi-AP Solo™ antenna jack
8-Channel Audio I/O
Internal
I/O Connectors
2 x USB 2.0 connectors supports additional 4 USB 2.0 ports
1 x IEEE1394a connector
CPU / 2 x Chassis(system) / 2 x Power Fan connectors
Front panel Audio connector
ASUS EZ-Backup jumpers
Chassis Intrusion connector
CD audio-in connector
MP3-In connector (Red)
SPDIF out connector
System panel connector
Azalia Digital Header
24-pin ATX Power connector
4-pin EATX12V Power connector
Support
CD
Drivers
Make RAID driver Disk for Intel ICH7R and JMB 363
ASUS DH Remote Application
ASUS WiFi-AP Solo™ Wizard
ASUS PC Probe 2
ASUS LiveUpdate Utility
InterVideo? Media Launcher (OEM version)
Anti-virus software (OEM version)
ASUS
Digital Home Features
ASUS EZ-Backup™
– 2 x Serial ATA 3.0Gb/s support hardware RAID 0 or RAID 1 mode
– Plug and play: Default setting in RAID 1 mode, no driver, no BIOS configuration
required

ASUS WiFi-AP Solo
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

Asus DH Remote™
– Power
– Quick Power
– Noise Off
– EZ WiFi
– Full Screen
– AP Launch
– Media Control Zone

ASUS MP3-In™

Accessories
1 x ASUS Q-Connector set (USB, 1394, system panel; Retail version only)
InterVideo® MEDIA LAUNCHER Suite (OEM version)
1 x Optional Fan
1 x IEEE1394a port module
2 x SATA cables
1 x SATA power cable for 2 devices
1 x UltraDMA 133/100/66 cable
1 x IDE cable
1 x FDD cable
1 x I/O Shield
1 x 2-port USB2.0 module
User’s manual
Form
Factor
ATX Form Factor, 12"x 9.6"(30.5cm x 24.5cm)