Asus P5E3 Deluxe WiFi-AP @n Socket 775 Motherboard
What's this? Another page you say? Well I couldn't review this board without mentioning some of the extra features that the AI-Lifestyle has added to it.
For those who make use of the benefits of WiFi, Asus have provided not one but two sets of WiFi antennas with this board. It's hard to say if this is for an actual use or just for show, but it will please those who use WiFi none-the-less.
Tying in with the AI-Lifestyle is the Asus remote. This IR remote allows USB wake on and power which is pretty useful. There's also an Asus software suite that allows you to use the remote to control pretty much any program you need to, such as iTunes and WMP. The remote is a natty addition to the normal hardware that comes with motherboards. Some will use it, some won't, but I found it a nice little tool.
As I couldn't quite get scientific results from the board as far as power saving was concerned, I left this out of the main body of the review. However, it's definitely worth a mention for those who are very power-conscious. Asus have done a good job implementing their EPU and at points it does afford real energy saving when using the board.
In-built Linux OS - Express Gate
Here's what Asus have to say about the in-built OS:
And in all honesty they are correct. Right when the motherboard is booting you have the screen above and have a short time period to hit "enter OS". If you manage to get this right, everything boots into the Linux OS super-fast.
All in all you cannot fault the extra little touches that come with this board.