Asus P5Q Deluxe
As you can see, the P5Q Deluxe sports a passive, all copper cooling system, very similar to the P5E3 series of boards. It's got three physical PCI Express x16 slots, dual PCIe x1 slots, and a pair of PCI slots. Audio duties are handled by an ADI HD codec, and the I/O backplane is loaded with six USB 2.0 ports, dual LAN jacks, a PS/2 mouse or keyboard port (notice the two-tone colored port), digital and analog audio outputs, Firewire, and eSATA.If you look between the second PCI and PCIe x16 slots, a flash memory card is visible, which features the "Express Gate", Linux-based mini-OS we told you about here.We haven't fired the board up just yet, but will be soon. Once we're done with testing, we'll be publishing a full review, so stay tuned. Something tells us that new 65nm northbridge is going to fun to overclock.
Why would Asus put the 3rd PCI-e x16 (black on right?) right next to the 2nd PCI-e x16? If you got a dual slot cooler on your graphics cards, which a lot do, then it is totally useless. Can't go 3-way Crossfire if one wanted to.
Also, from what I can tell from looks alone, it doesn't look like their own Asus Xonar D2X will be able to fit into the top PCI-e x1 slot since it will hit the RAM. Kind of disappointing how their products aren't "perfectly" compatible with each other. A crossfire setup with double slot coolers alone will mean one can't use the Xonar D2X.
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