small ASUS P5WD2 E Premium i975X Review

The ASUS P5WD2-E Premium is the successor of the popular PW5D2 Premium mainboard. Based on the latest Glenwood 975X chipset coupled with Intel’s very successful ICH7R Southbridge featuring Intel Matrix Storage Technology, the ASUS P5WD2-E Premium is here to take the enthusiast market by storm.

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Introduction

The Asus P5WD2-E Premium is the latest introduction into the enthusiast market featuring the latest Glenwood 975X chipset. Like it’s 955X and 945P predecessors, the P5WD2-E Premium continue to follow Asus’ Ai-Life theme which promises silent operation. the P5WD2-E Premium no longer comes with the option of a Wifi-TV card bundle unlike the boards from the previous generation.

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The P5WD2-E Premium has a similar feature set when compared to its counterpart, the P5WD2 Premium that’s based on the older Glenwood 955X., Here, we’ll be looking at an impressive combination, such as Dual Gigabit LAN, Dual PCI-E slots for graphics, external SATA port and more. We will be discussing the various improvements that Intel has made on the 975X chipset and the changes in feature set that Asus has implemented, but first, as usual, let’s take a look at the basic specifications of the P5WD2-E Premium.

Specifications

CPU SupportLGA775 socket for Intel?Pentium 4/Celeron CPU
Support Intel Pentium?Processor Extreme Edition & Intel Pentium?D Processor
Support Intel next generation 65nm CPU
Compatible with Intel?05B/ 05A and 04B/04A processors
Intel? Hyper-Threading Technology ready
Memory SupportDual channel memory architecture
4 x 240-pin DIMM sockets support max. 8GB DDR2 800/ 667/ 533 ECC and non-ECC memory
Native DDR2 800 Support
Intel?MPT (Intel?Memory Pipeline Technology)
ASUS Hyper Path3
ChipsetIntel 975X, ICH7R
Expansion Slots

2 x PCI Express x 16 slot for discrete graphics card (Auto switch to 8×8 mode with 2 graphics card)
ATI Crossfire Ready
1 x Universal PCI-E (max. x2 speed)
1 x PCI Express x 1
3 x PCI 32bit 33Mhz

Audio8 Channel Intel Azalia High-Definition Audio via Realtek ALC882M
IDE1 x ATA100 via ICH7R
1 x ATA133 via Marvell?88SE6141 SATA/ATA controller
SATA4 x SATA II 3.0Gb/s via Intel ICH7R southbridge
4 x SATA II 3.0Gb/s via Marvell?88SE6141 SATA/ATA controller
1 x E-SATA-II 3.0Gb/s (cannot be used concurrently with SATA_RAID4 connector simultaneously)
Networking2 x Marvell 88E8053 PCI-Express Gigabit Controller, both featuring AI NET2
RAID

RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 10 and Intel Matrix Storage technology via ICH7R
RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 10, and JBOD via Marvell 88SE6141:

FirewireTI 1394 controller with 2 1394a ports
USB 2.04 on rear panel, 4via onboard headers, 8 in total
Power Connector24pin+8pin EATX supported
Form FactorATX, 12″ x 9.6″ (30.5cm x 24.5cm)
BIOS8 Mb Flash ROM, AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI2.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.3, Multi-language BIOS, ASUS EZ Flash, ASUS CrashFree BIOS 2