Intel X38 Express Chipset Debuts

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To coincide with the launch of the Intel X38 Express chipset, we received a pair of enthusiast class motherboards, the Asus P5E3 Deluxe and the Gigabyte X38-DQ6.  The Asus P5E3 Deluxe is an ultra high-end motherboard that supports DDR3 memory, 802.11n wireless networking, and it even features an embedded Linux-based operating system that can be loaded in a matter of seconds.  The Gigabyte X38-DQ6 is also a high-end offering, but it supports more affordable DDR2 memory.



    

Asus P5E3 Deluxe

Features & Specifications

Processor

  • Support for LGA775 Intel Core 2 Quad and Core 2 Duo
  • 1333/1066/800MHz FSBs along with future 45nm processors

Chipset

  • Intel X38 Northbridge
  • Intel ICH9R Southbridge

Memory

  • Up to 8GB DDR3 800/1066/1333MHz memory in dual channel mode

Expansion

  • Two PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots (both x16 bandwidth) with support for ATI CrossFire
  • Two PCI Express x1 slots
  • Two 32-bit v2.3 Master PCI bus slots (support 3.3v/5v PCI bus interface)

Extras

  • Asus Lifestyle Features including AI Gear 3 

I/O

  • One IDE port
  • Six SATA 3Gbps ports supporting RAID 0, 1, 0+1, 5 or JBOD
  • ADI SoundMax ADI1988B High-Definition audio codec supporting 7.1 channel surround sound up to 32-bit/192KHz
  • Two Gigabit Ethernet provided by the PCI-Express Marvell 88E8056-NNC1 chipset and another on PCI provided by the Realtek RTL8110SC chipset
  • Agere IEEE1394a Firewire chipset
  • JMB363 chipset supplying one PATA port and two 3Gbps eSATA devices
  • Ralink RT2770F 802.11 Draft-n Wireless

Package Contents

  • 6 x SATA cables
  • 1 x Molex to dual SATA power cable
  • 1 x Floppy cable
  • 1 x IDE cable
  • 1 x Asus Q-Connector
  • 1 X Asus Q-Shield
  • 2 x WiFi Antennaa
  • 1 x  PCI bracket with 2 USB ports and 1 Firewire port
  • 2 x Optional Fans
  • Manuals, Quick Start Guide and Driver DVD

    


As you’ve probably come to expect from Asus, the P5E3 Deluxe ships with an over-the-top assortment of bundled accessories and software.  The Asus P5E3 Deluxe’s bundle includes detailed user’s manuals for the board and its integrated 802.11n WiFi NIC / AP, and a multi-language quick-start guide to help get the board installed as quickly and painlessly as possible.  Also included with the board is a driver DVD, six SATA cables, a 4-Pin Molex to dual-SATA power adapter, a pair of optional cooling fans, a package of Q-Connectors, black IDE and Floppy cables, a case bracket with USB and Firewire ports, and finally a pair of WiFi antennas.  You can also see a custom I/O shield above, which interestingly enough is somewhat unique.  With this I/O shield, Asus has done away with the sharp metal tabs common to virtually all other shields and has replaced them with an insulated foam.  The foam adapts to the shape of the board and helps prevent accidental cuts and vibration.

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