Asus P5B-E Plus socket 775 Motherboard p965

I/O and BIOS

I/O Options

There's quite a bit on the back panel of the P5B-E Plus, which is a great sign for those with PS2 keyboards and mice and conversely e-SATA for those who want some great external IO options.

asus p5b-e plus io panel

As you can see we have a decent list of connectors:

* 1 x PS/2 Mouse Port
* 1 x PS/2 Keyboard Port
* 1 x Digital Coax Out
* 1 x Digital Optical Out
* 1 x Firewire
* 1 x e-SATA
* 5.1 Sound Panel
* 4 x USB 2.0 connectors
* 1 x LAN
* 1 x Serial Port

There could have been an extra LAN port perhaps and maybe a USB port or two, but in all honesty this board isn't a high end board so I can forgive Asus those little misses.



Intel® Quad-core CPU Ready
LGA775 socket for Intel® CoreTM2 Extreme / CoreTM2 Duo / Pentium® Extreme / Pentium® D / Pentium® 4 / Celeron® D Processors
Compatible with Intel® 05B/05A/06 processors
Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology ready
* Refer to for Intel CPU support list
* Please update the latest BIOS to support Intel Quad-core CPU

Intel® P965 / ICH8R with Intel® Fast Memory Access Technology
Front Side Bus

1066 / 800 / 533 MHz

4 x DIMM, max. 8GB, DDR2 800 / 667 / 533 MHz, non-ECC, un-buffered memory
Dual channel memory architecture
* Refer to or user manual for Memory QVL (Qualify Vendor List)
Expansion Slots

1 x PCI-E x16
1 x PCI-E x4
1 x PCI-E x1
3 x PCI 2.2

- 6 x SATA 3.0 Gb/s ports
- Intel Matrix Storage Technology supports RAID 0, 1, 5 and 10.
JMicron® JMB363 PATA and SATA controller
- 1 x UltraDMA 133/100/66 for up to 2 PATA devices
- 1 x Internal SATA 3.0 Gb/s port
- 1 x External SATA 3.0 Gb/s port (SATA On-the-Go)
- Support SATA RAID 0, 1 and JBOD (by 1x External SATA & 1x Internal SATA)

Marvell® PCI-E Gigabit LAN controller featuring AI NET 2

ADI® AD1988A 8-channel High Definition Audio CODEC
- Support Jack-Sensing, Enumeration, Multi-streaming and Jack-Retasking
- Coaxial / Optical S/PDIF out ports at back I/O
- ASUS Noise Filter
IEEE 1394

TI® 1394a controller supports 2 x IEEE 1394a ports (one at mid-board; one at back panel)

10 x USB 2.0 ports (6 ports at mid-board, 4 ports at back panel)
ASUS AI Lifestyle Features

ASUS Quiet Thermal Solution:
- ASUS AI Gear
- ASUS Fanless Design: Stack Cool 2
- ASUS Q-Fan 2
ASUS Crystal Sound:
- ASUS Noise Filter
- ASUS Q-Connector
- ASUS O.C. Profile
- ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
- ASUS EZ Flash 2
- ASUS Power LED
Other ASUS Special Features

ASUS MyLogo 2
Multi-language BIOS
Overclocking Features

Intelligent overclocking tools:
- AI NOSTM (Non-delay Overclocking System)
- AI Overclocking (intelligent CPU frequency tuner)
- ASUS PEG Link - Automatically performance tuning for graphics card
- ASUS AI Booster utility
Precision Tweaker:
- vCore: Adjustable CPU voltage at 6.25mV increment
- vDIMM: 13-step DRAM voltage control
- vChipset: 4-step Chipset voltage control
SFS (Stepless Frequency Selection)
- FSB tuning from 100MHz up to 650MHz at 1MHz increment
- Memory tuning from 533MHz up to 1066MHz
- PCI Express frequency tuning from 100MHz up to 150MHz at 1MHz increment
Overclocking Protection:
- ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)
Back Panel I/O Ports

1 x PS/2 Keyboard
1 x PS/2 Mouse
1 x Serial port
1 x S/PDIF Out (Coaxial + Optical)
1 x External SATA
1 x IEEE1394a
1 x RJ45 port
4 x USB 2.0/1.1
8-Channel Audio I/O
Internal I/O Connectors

3 x USB connectors support additional 6 USB ports
1 x Floppy disk drive connector
1 x IDE connector
7 x SATA connectors
1 x CPU Fan connector
3 x Chassis Fan connector
1 x Power Fan connector
1 x IEEE1394a connector
Front panel audio connector
1 x Azalia Digital Header
1 x S/PDIF Out Header
Chassis Intrusion connector
CD audio in
24-pin ATX Power connector
2x 4-pin EATX 12V Power connector
System Panel

8 Mb Flash ROM, AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI2.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.3, ACPI 2.0a, Multi-language BIOS, ASUS EZ Flash 2, ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3

WfM 2.0, DMI 2.0, WOL by PME, WOR by PME, PXE

UltraDMA 133/100/66 cable
FDD cable
SATA cables
SATA power cables
I/O Shield
User's manual
USB2.0 port module
3 in 1 Q-connector
IEEE1394 port module
Support CD

ASUS Update
Anti-virus software (OEM version)
Form Factor

ATX Form Factor, 12"x 9.6" (30.5cm x 24.4cm)


The BIOS on the Asus is the American Megatrends BIOS commonly used in a lot of Asus motherboards.

asus p5b-e plus main bios

I don't find this BIOS as easy to get around as a lot of BIOS, but it certainly has a plethora of options and once you're used to where things are you can get around it nicely.

asus p5b-e plus overclocking

The "Advanced" part of the BIOS enables you to see some of the overclocking options. Just this front page shows how many options you have at your fingertips with adjustments for a plethora of voltage adjustments. Here's a couple:

asus p5b-e plus cpu volts asus p5b-e plus ddr volts

asus p5b-e plus nb volts

With CPU volts adjustable from 1.3v to 1.7v (in 0.0125 increments), DDR voltage from 1.8v to 2.45v, NorthBridge volts going from 1.25v to 1.65v and FSB from 1.2v to 1.45v there's a whole load of voltage regulation you can use. Add to that a good range of ICH and SouthBridge voltage adjustment and I'm pretty impressed at the range that the board lets you adjust.

Moving on to FSB adjustment the P5B-E plus lets you hike it from stock all the way up to a rather ambitious 650 FSB. Memory can be divided as necessary into 4 sections (and it auto-previews what effect the divider will have on the final RAM speed when adjusted with the FSB). Also present is a function for adjusting the CPU multiplier, as well as some quite extensive RAM tweaking.

asus p5b-e plus FSB asus p5b-e plus cpu ratio

asus p5b-e plus ram timings

The RAM menu has more timings than I think is absolutely necessary and I haven't had time to really delve into how each of the other settings will effect the overclock, but having them there is a good thing.

There's a couple of trick little features Asus piles into the BIOS like Asus OC profile and EZ update but these are pretty trivial and the BIOS in general is pretty solid.

All in all the IO options are pretty great for a board in this price bracket and the BIOS has a load of features and tweaks that will be appreciated by those enthusiasts saving a little cash from the high-end, but still wanting a full-featured board.

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Most Recent Comments

28-12-2006, 08:45:01

I think the page 5 32million Super Pi test graph is wrong? 19 sec 32mil test??

Edit: Looks like a sweet arse board!Quote

28-12-2006, 08:46:11

Bah ye tis in Minutes

Frag u @ home?Quote

28-12-2006, 08:47:36

Originally Posted by name='Kempez'
Bah ye tis in Minutes

Frag u @ home?
Nah sorry mate, @ work Quote

28-12-2006, 09:16:43

Changed with some faffing Quote

28-12-2006, 12:28:34

Good board but I'm glad I didn't purchase it. 2.1v vDimm would have made me sell it the minute I booted it up.

Anyway, extremely thorough review Kemp. Looks great!Quote

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