Asus P5E3 Premium X48 DDR3 Motherboard
Up until today there has always been a clear line between the two types of Asus motherboards. The P5* Deluxe/Premium series has always been for those who want a good board at a reasonable price with some mediocre overclocking options and on-board extra's such as WiFi. While the Republic of Gamers series has always been aimed squarely at overclockers.
However, with the release of the P5E3 Premium Asus have closed the gap. Not only does the P5E3 Premium feature a BIOS that allows you to fine tune the most intricate of MCH, NB and CPU settings, but the range of voltage options and the ability to simply key in your desired setting gives the P5E3 Premium possibly the best BIOS that Asus have released to date. This has certainly paid off too, with the P5E3 Premium being able to take our stubborn Intel Q6600 chip all the way up to 3.75ghz and effortlessly hit 520FSB on a QX9650.
To put it simply, the Asus P5E3 Premium is a Maximus
killer. Sure it doesn't have some of the fancy bells and whistles of the Asus Republic of Gamers line-up, but if Asus were to slap a couple of power buttons, a CMOS reset switch and a blue & white colour scheme on the P5E3, it could easily pass as the best ROG board they have ever released.
Unfortunately availability of the board at the moment is extremely limited. Searching Google, I was able to find only one website selling it for around £230. However, with none of our recommended retailers or other preferred retailers showing stock, I can only assume that the board is still on pre-order. For this reason, I will reserve opinion and pricing of the board until concrete figures are available.
- Extensive BIOS options with ability to manually enter voltage selection.
- Managed 490FSB on our Q6600 chip and 520FSB on a QX9650.
- 3-phase power delivery to DDR3 slots.
- Simple but innovative features such as the Q-Shield
- Good overall layout.
- Motherboard jumper to unleash insane voltage options.
- Still not a fan of heatpipes and copper-look aluminium heatsinks
- Motherboard colour scheme a tad ugly.
- Express Gate could have been put to much better use.
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