P45 Showdown - Asus P5Q Deluxe vs MSI P45 Diamond

Specifications

Specification
 
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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27-05-2008, 09:11:35

PV5150
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

ionicle
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

27-05-2008, 14:21:42

FarFarAway
Great review Rich

Not sure about the conclusion although I agree about the overclocking. If the MSI board is a good price then with the extra's it's a definate contender Quote

29-05-2008, 09:29:35

CERO
This board could be the new price performance king according to the early prices some shops got listed, espacially with the 2 x 8 Xfire implented this could be a great replacement for my current P5K Deluxe, temptingQuote

29-05-2008, 10:25:52

Kerotan
Good review. Does anyone know if the mid-range P45 boards will support x8 + x8 XFire or if it's just on the high-end ones? I'm glad P45 is coming out soon, hopefully be able to combine it with a good PCI-e 2.0 card once all the new ones come out and settle down in price.Quote
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