A glimpse of what can be found on the bottom right corner of
the mainboard. As you can see in the picture above, there is only 3 ports available
to the ICH7R Controller, with one port being replicated to two via the Silicon
Image 4732 Steelvine Storage Processor, which is a pure hardware RAID implementation
that will not take up additional CPU resources. Asus’ has modified the BIOS
of the Steelvine as such that users can only run RAID 0 or 1 on it via jumpers
on top of the ICH7R SATA ports as pictured above. You will be able to perform Cross-RAID with the SATA ports on ICH7R via this controller.
A shot of the SIlicon Image 4723 chip under the Asus EZ Backup
The JMicron JMB363 is another storage processor that can be
found onboard the P5W DH Deluxe, providing ESATA-II Connectivity as well as
providing an additional IDE port for users to connect IDE devices to. From here,
you can see that Asus has taken a shift away from a single Mass Storage Controller
that was found on the P5WD2-E Premium to the 2 seperate controllers for different
The placements of the additional port connectors. The placements
of the Firewire and USB Connectors are ideal IMHO, but users who intend to use
the EIDE connector supplemented by the JMicron chip might face a problem routing
cables around within the case.
The Realtek ALC882M CODEC found onboard the P5W DH Deluxe.
It is definitely disappointing to realise that Asus hadn’t included a Microsoft
WLP3.0-compliant audio codec together with such a high end mainboard.