Asus P5K vs Asus P5K3 Benchmarks (DDR2 vs DDR3)

Packaging & Motherboard


Not wanting to cover old ground, the P5K3 Deluxe motherboard packaging is essentially the same as the recently reviewed P5K Deluxe. The only changes that have been made are to the some of the specifications, and obviously the name on the box.

Asus P5K3 Deluxe Packaging Asus P5K3 Deluxe Plackaging

Once again, the contents inside the box are exactly the same (apart form the motherboard) with Asus giving you everything needed to get you up and running:

• UltraDMA 133/100/66 cable
• FDD cable
• 4 x Serial ATA cables
• 1 x 2-port Serial ATA power cable
• I/O Shield
• User's manual
• ASUS WiFi-AP Solo manual
• 3 in 1 Q-connector
• 1 x 2-port USB2.0 / 1-port IEEE1394 module
• ASUS WiFi-AP Solo omni-directional antenna
• Support CD

The P5K3 Motherboard

If you're looking for a full ballistics report on the motherboard layout and connectors, this can all be found in the P5K review located here. As both boards share almost identical designs, let's just concentrate on the minor differences.

Asus P5K3 Deluxe Motherboard Asus P5K3 Deluxe VRM Cooling

It's good to see that Asus decided to upgrade the heatpipe cooling on slightly the P5K3, with the cooling system now making an almost full circuit around the Southbridge, Northbridge and both sets of PWM chips. This is an improvement over the P5K that used a seperate heatsink for cooling the upper PWM chips.

Asus P5K3 Deluxe DDR3 Slots

Apart from the difference in colour (Orange vs Yellow), there's very little here to tell us that we're looking at DDR3 slots. After all, both DDR2 and DDR3 feature a total of 240 pins, with only a slight change in the location of the notch at the bottom of the modules preventing you from making a catastrophic mistake.

Now that we've covered the minor motherboard differences, let's move on to the test setup and some benchmarks.
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Most Recent Comments

16-07-2007, 07:56:34

"After reviewing the Asus P5K DDR2 based motherboard just over a month ago, we were left wondering how the DDR3 based P5K3 would compare. Today we're back with both boards in a head to head DDR2 vs DDR3 battle!"


16-07-2007, 08:02:31

looks the same as the ddr vs ddr2 when it came out too me...

Nice job jim.Quote

16-07-2007, 09:58:45

Mr. Smith
Originally Posted by name='Ham'
looks the same as the ddr vs ddr2 when it came out too me...
I wasn't into pc's back then so I don't have any experience with ddr.

Is it safe to say that ddr2 now owns ddr in terms of performance?

I'm wondering if it is simply a matter of time before ddr3 really comes on with speeds of 2ghz and 5-5-5-15 timings and puts the nail in ddr2's coffin...

Nice work btw. I for one won't be buying a new mobo/ram until nehlam by the looks of this.

I was toying with getting another 2gb kit of cellshocks in the next month. Not sure what benefit I would get with 32bit XP pro... Hmmm.Quote

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