915P Chipset Roundup: ABIT AG8, ASUS P5GD2 Premium, and Foxconn 915A01-P

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ASUS' P5GD2 Premium Details & Specs

Just because the 915P chipset is intended for more mainstream applications than Intel's 925X doesn't mean manufacturers are content to abide by those rough guidelines. ASUS' P5GD2 Premium agressively pushes the boundary between mainstream and enthusiast, finding itself more comfortable in the latter category than the former.

Even without perusing the board itself, ASUS' bundled hardware and software suite is indicative of the P5GD2's completeness. It comes with 10 Serial ATA cables, enough Serial ATA power cables to connect eight hard drives, one header with USB 2.0 and game port connections, an ordinary serial port header, three IDE cables, one floppy cable, a header with IEEE 1394b connectivity and an RJ-45 Gigabit Ethernet connection, a wireless antenna, an external Serial ATA connector, and of course, a highly specialized I/O shield to cover the board's back plate.

Included software comes in the form of Intervideo's WinDVD suite – admittedly not the most celebrated playback software, but free nonetheless. ASUS also includes its PC Probe application for monitoring fan speeds, temperatures, and voltages, ASUS Update, a Windows-based BIOS updating utility, and the software necessary to configure the onboard Wi-Fi controller.

Specifications & Features For The ASUS P5GD2 Premium

"Honey, I think I found a kitchen sink in my motherboard box..."

- LGA775 socket for Intel Pentium 4/Celeron CPU
- Compatible with Intel 04B and 04A processors
- Intel Hyper-Threading Technology ready
- Intel 915P, Intel ICH6R
- Frontside Bus 800 / 533MHz
- Dual-channel memory architecture
- 4 x 240-pin DIMM sockets support max. 4GB DDR2 533/400 non-ECC memory
Expansion Slots
- 1 x PCI Express x16 slot for discrete graphics card
- 3 x PCI Express x1
- 2 x PCI
Storage/Raid Intel ICH6R South Bridge:
- 1 x UltraDMA 100/66/33
- 4 x Serial ATA with Intel Matrix Storage Technology with RAID 0, 1 support
Silicon Image 3114R RAID controller:
- 4 x Serial ATA with JBOD, RAID 0, 1, 10, 5 (RAID 5 software patch available, no WHQL)
ITE IDE RAID controller:
- 2 x UltraDMA 133/100/66 with JBOD, RAID 0, 1, 0+1 support
Dual Gigabit LA
N controllers
- 1x
Marvell PCIe 88E8053 Gigabit LAN controller

- 1xMarvell PCI 88E8001 Gigabit LAN controller features AI NET2
Wireless LAN
WiFi-g 54 Mbps IEEE 802.11g and backward compatible with 11 Mbps 802.11b
- Access Point function (under WinXP, 2003)
- Bundle an external antenna
- One-touch wizard
- Wireless bridge, aka WDS or wireless repeater (under WinXP, 2003)
- C-Media High Definition Audio 8-channel CODEC
- Coaxial, Optical S/PDIF out on back I/O port
- Features Dolby Digital Live technology
IEEE 1394b/a TI 1394b controller
- 2 x 1394b ports @ 800 Mbps speed
- 1 x 1394a ports @ 400 Mbps speed
USB Max. 8 USB2.0 ports
ASUS AI Proactive Features AI NOS (Non-delay Overclocking System)
AI NET2 network diagnosis before entering OS
WiFi-g powered by WiFi@HOME technology
Stack Cool patented fanless cooling system

Overclocking Features
- AI NOS (Non-delay Overclocking System)
- AI Overclocking (intelligent CPU frequency tuner)
- CPU, Memory, and PCIe x16 voltage adjustable
- SFS (Stepless Frequency Selection) from 100MHz up to 400MHz at 1MHz increment
- Adjustable FSB/DDR ratio. Fixed PCI/PCIe frequencies.
- ASUS C.P.R. (CPU Parameter Recall)

Other ASUS Special Features
CrashFree BIOS 2
- Q-Fan2
- Post Reporter
- Multi-language BIOS
- MyLogo2
- BIOS 8 Mb Flash ROM,AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI2.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.3
Back Panel I/O Ports 1 x Parallel
- 1 x WLAN antenna jack (optional)
- 1 x Optical + 1 x Coaxial S/PDIF Output
- 1 x PS/2 Keyboard
- 1 x PS/2 Mouse
- 1 x RJ45
- 4 x USB 2.0/1.1
- 1 x IEEE 1394a
8-Channel Audio I/O
Internal I/O Connectors
2 x USB 2.0 connectors supports additional 4 USB 2.0 ports
- 1 x LAN connector
- 2 x IEEE 1394 connectors
- 1 x COM connector
- 1 x GAME/MIDI connector
CPU / 2 x Chassis / Power Fan connectors
- Front panel High Definition Audio connector
- Chassis Intrusion connector
- CD audio-in connector
- 24-pin ATX Power connector
- 4-pin ATX 12V Power connector
Support CD Drivers
ASUS LiveUpdate Utility
Anti-virus software (OEM version)
Accessories InterVideo WinDVD Suite (OEM version)

- 1 x Wireless LAN antenna (optional)
- 1 x 2-port IEEE1394b / 1-port RJ45 module
- 10 x Serial ATA cables
- 1 x SATA Extension module for external devices
- 4 x 2-port SATA power cable
- 1 x 2-port USB2.0 / Game module
- 1 x COM Port module
- 2 x UltraDMA 133/100/66 cable
- 1 x IDE cable
- 1 x FDD cable
- 1 x I/O Shield
- User's manual
Form Factor ATX Form Factor, 12"x 9.6" (30.5cm x 24.5cm)


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