Asus P5B-E Plus socket 775 Motherboard p965
Asus have a long and excellent history of making some of the best motherboards that money can buy. In recent years they've even managed to step it up a notch and produce some awesome enthusiast boards.
We take a look at the baby brother of the Asus P5B Deluxe: the Asus P5B-E Plus. Will this board live up to the reputation already gained by it's elder sibling as one of the best overclocking 775 boards? Let's see...
Packaging isn't as necessary in the generally online world of computer components, but it can make an eye-catching difference in retail shelves. The Asus P5B-E Plus has been given a typical look by Asus, who have generally avoided the typical strange characters or themed boxes of other manufacturers in preference for a box that looks neat, tidy and professional.
While the box looks nice, the packaging innards and protection leave quite a lot to be desired.
Moving swiftly on to the package that Asus supply with the board we can see a nice range of connecters to get you going with it.
* 1 x IO backplate
* 1 x IDE Ribbon cable
* 1 x Floppy ribbon cable
* 2 x Molex > SATA power cables
* 3 x SATA cables
* 1 x IEE1394 Firewire internal > external (1 port) PCI backplate connecter
* 1 x USB internal > external (2 port)PCI backplate connecter
* Asus "EZ connecters" (USB, firewire and front panel IO)
* Asus Driver/Utilities Install CD
* Asus P5B-E plus User Guide
That's not a bad collection of stuff to get going with. The only thing I noticed was lacking was SATA cables to fill all SATA ports on the motherboad, but as this is not a high-end board this can be forgiven.
A quick work about the Asus "EZ connecters". These are excellent for getting your internals wired right and for people who rebuild their PC's a lot. As a detachable extension to a couple of your internal port connections, you can wire this first then attach to the motherboard. Certainly saves a lot of faffing about in what is usually a dimly lit area on the motherboard inside a case. Seeing as case manufacturers don't seem to want to do it, I'm glad to see Asus stepping up and making our lives easier.