Asus P5E3 Deluxe WiFi-AP @n Socket 775 Motherboard

WiFI-Ap @n Extras

WiFi-AP @n AI-Lifestyle Extras

What's this? Another page you say? Well I couldn't review this board without mentioning some of the extra features that the AI-Lifestyle has added to it.

Dual WiFI

For those who make use of the benefits of WiFi, Asus have provided not one but two sets of WiFi antennas with this board.  It's hard to say if this is for an actual use or just for show, but it will please those who use WiFi none-the-less.

WiFi antenna's

Asus Remote

Tying in with the AI-Lifestyle is the Asus remote. This IR remote allows USB wake on and power which is pretty useful. There's also an Asus software suite that allows you to use the remote to control pretty much any program you need to, such as iTunes and WMP. The remote is a natty addition to the normal hardware that comes with motherboards. Some will use it, some won't, but I found it a nice little tool.

asus remote

Power Saving

As I couldn't quite get scientific results from the board as far as power saving was concerned, I left this out of the main body of the review. However, it's definitely worth a mention for those who are very power-conscious. Asus have done a good job implementing their EPU and at points it does afford real energy saving when using the board.

In-built Linux OS - Express Gate

Here's what Asus have to say about the in-built OS:

Surf the Internet in 5-second-boot time without entering Windows With a fast bootup speed of only 5 seconds, the ASUS Express Gate offers an optional Linux OS bootup that allows you to enjoy instant access to commonly used functions like accessing the Internet, VoIP, and Web emailing without entering the OS.

linux boot up menu

And in all honesty they are correct. Right when the motherboard is booting you have the screen above and have a short time period to hit "enter OS". If you manage to get this right, everything boots into the Linux OS super-fast.

internet asus internet - oc3d

The OS gives you the option of web-surfing or using Skype. How useful this is I will leave up to you, but I will say that web-browsing is super-fast and well-featured with what I believe is Mozilla Firefox browser in-built.

All in all you cannot fault the extra little touches that come with this board.
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Most Recent Comments

10-12-2007, 14:48:48

looks decent enough, but why, in one of the pictures, was there a sticker over two usb ports, and a network port? :S

infact, its in the pic in the first post ^^

is it to protect it or somthing? :SQuote

10-12-2007, 15:03:22

Nah just shows you where the USB wake-on goes in, should have taken it off but forgot Quote

10-12-2007, 16:08:18


10-12-2007, 16:45:42

Looks nice, shame the overclocking isnt as good as the rest of it Quote

10-12-2007, 16:48:39

Agreed, although cooling limited me tbh. Still 3.7GHz easily on a Q6600 isn't to be sniffed at. Sometimes I wish we could have a bit more time with the boards to tweak away Quote

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