P45 Showdown - Asus P5Q Deluxe vs MSI P45 Diamond


With both motherboards squaring up at the pre-fight weigh in, we can now take a look at the specs of these two refined fighters.
Specification Comparison
It is clear that both boards are fairly evenly matched. Asus have opted to go with more PCIe ports than the MSI but have also opted to stay with DDR2 (although a DDR3 version is to be released in tandem with this version) however they do support up to 1200mhz DDR2 speed to compensate. How this will compete with MSI using the higher performing but more expensive DDR3 remains to be seen but its clear MSI intend to go all out for raw performance and not bang per buck as they are claiming official support of up to 2000mhz! MSI also lands a pre-match blow by making use of Creatives X-FI chipset which should also give them the edge in the audio stakes.
Asus P5Q Deluxe MSI P45 Diamond
While the boards prepare to do battle lets take a closer look at each of them to see what features each camp has to offer...
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Most Recent Comments

27-05-2008, 08:16:41

"With Intels latest chipset about to be officially launched we have managed to grab two P45 samples and pitch them against one another to see who is top dog."


Asus P5Q Deluxe vs MSI P45 Diamond Review by WebboQuote

27-05-2008, 09:11:35

Stellar review as always Jim. The ASUS P5Q appears to have the goods where it counts although the MSI P45 Diamond is well laid out - bar the colour scheme.

Well done Quote

27-05-2008, 10:32:12

good review

gotta love the mass of extra's you get with the msi

but i've worked with msi's before, they're great stable boards, at stock...or when overclocked, its just so frustrating if you want to overclock, hense why i left my proccy stock when i had my P975x platinum...lol

gotta love the ease of overclocking with asusQuote

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