Asus P5K P35 Socket 775 Motherboard
Published: 4th June 2007 | Source: Asus | Price: |Conclusion
As you would expect from the Asus Deluxe series, the P5K is a very cable and fully featured board. Sharing many design elements of its elder brother (the P5B), the P5K manages to have a clean and very accessible layout. My only minor gripes as described earlier in this review, is the lack of 90° SATA and PATA connectors, which in my opinion help with cable routing, and may also prevent any problems using top SATA ports along with an 8800Ultra and its obtrusive full-length cooler.
In terms of performance, the P5K is almost on-par, but consistently behind the P5B. Obviously with this being a brand new board on the market Asus will still need to do some tweaking, and I'm fairly confident that Asus could bring both boards head-to-head with only a BIOS update.
Overclocking is certainly one of the P5K stronger points - and with a maximum FSB of 520mhz, my affection and respect for the board certainly increased. This combined with the fact that the P5K managed to squeeze an extra 50mhz out of our E4300 could mean that the P965 based P5B and Commando boards could soon be dethroned as the best overclocker friendly motherboards on the market.
So, in summary - the P5K Deluxe is a very well featured motherboard, with excellent overclocking abilities and performance almost as good as the P5B. With Asus stating support for the upcoming 45nm CPU's and it's legacy support for DDR2, the P5K looks to be a perfect motherboard for those of us wanting to upgrade to Intel's "Penryn" CPU's without losing the overclock-ability of our P965 boards or moving over to DDR3 platform.
The Asus P5K Deluxe motherboard is available from Tekheads.co.uk for around £160 at time of writing.
• Clean and accessible layout.
• Continued support for DDR2.
• FSB speeds up to 520mhz (and beyond?).
• Overclocking on-par, or better than the P965.
• Performance a tiny bit behind the P965 at the moment (BIOS update could easily fix this)
• Possible minor issue with SATA port placement and 8800Ultra cards.
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