Asus P5E3 Deluxe WiFi-AP @n Socket 775 Motherboard
Asus have once again produced an excellent motherboard in their P5E3 Deluxe WiFi-AP @n. It's feature-packed and with DDR3 onboard, gives some great performance.
The addition of wireless on the P5E3 will undoubtedly be very helpful for those who will utilise it, however, I can't help thinking that extra £20+ puts the board on the wrong side of £200. If you're going to buy a wireless card it's not a waste of money really. Let's also not forget that Asus have included a wireless remote which comes in very very handy, as I have had experience with one of the very first Asus Core2Duo compatible boards, the P5W DH Deluxe.
Performance in general on the P5E3 is very good, with the addition of DDR3 producing some blazing results in memory and I/O testing. The only drawback with this at the moment is that DDR3 costs an absolute fortune, which is a little unfortunate. This makes it very hard to recommend the P5E3 over the Maximus.
When we consider that overclocking performance is about on-par or at points slightly below the Maximus, again it gives me a few reasons not to say "go and buy it". At £205 at Komplett, that's a good £25 more expensive than the Asus Maximus.
Overall then the P5E3 WiFI-AP @n is a great board with a bundle of features, excellent layout and nice performance. It's basically hindered by its price and the price of DDR3.
I can recommend the P5E3 for those who have deep pockets and who want those extra little touches mentioned. As such it gets an Overclock3D "Recommended Award".
+ Great layout
+ Good performance
+ Nice little "touches"
+ Excellent Bundle
+ Good looks
* Average overclocking
- Current cost of DDR3
Thanks to Asus for the review sample
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