Asus P5WDG2-WS and P5WD2-E Premium - 975X Motherboard Showcase

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P5WD2-E Premium: Intro, Specs. & Bundle

As we mentioned earlier, the P5WD2-E Premium is also powered by Intel's 975X Express chipset. Unlike the workstation class P5WDG2-WS we showcased on the preceding pages though, this board is targeted at more mainstream, performance minded, enthusiasts. This doesn't make the P5WD2-E Premium inferior to the P5WDG2-WS by any means, however. The P5WDG2-WS and P5WD2-E Premium are both top-of-the-line products.  But these two boards do clearly differ in a number of ways.  Take a look...

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Asus P5WD2-E Premium Specifications & Features
Asus goes overboard


  • LGA775 socket for Intel Pentium 4/Celeron CPU
  • Support Intel Pentium Processor Extreme Edition & Intel Pentium D Processor
  • Support Intel next generation 65nm CPU
  • Compatible with Intel 05B/05A and 04B/04A processors
  • Intel Hyper-Threading Technology ready


  • Intel 975X
  • Intel ICH7R

Front Side Bus

  • 1066/ 800/ 533 MHz


  • Dual channel memory architecture
  • 4 x 240-pin DIMM sockets support max. 8GB DDR2 800/ 667/ 533 ECC and non-ECC memory
  • Native DDR2 800 Support
  • Intel MPT (Intel Memory Pipeline Technology)
  • ASUS Hyper Path3

Expansion Slots

  • 2 x PCI Express x 16 slot for discrete graphics card
  • 1 x Universal PCI-E (max. x2 speed)
  • 1 x PCI Express x 1
  • 3 x PCI

CrossFire Support

  • ATI CrossFire graphics cards (both @ x8 mode)


  • Intel ICH7R South Bridge:
  • 1 x UltraDMA 100/66/33
  • 4 x Serial ATA 3.0Gb/s with Intel Matrix Storage Technology with RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 support

Marvell 88SE6141 SATA/ATA controller

  • 4 x Serial ATA 3.0Gb/s

(Note: The SATA_RAID4 connector and External SATA port can not be used simultaneously)

  • 1 x External Serial ATA 3.0Gb/s
  • 1 x UltraDMA 133/100/66


  • Dual Gigabit LAN controllers
  • 2 x Marvell 88E8053 Gigabit LAN Controller, both featuring
  • AI NET2

IEEE 1394a

  • TI 1394 controller supports 2 x 1394a ports


  • Max. 8 USB2.0/1.1 ports

Overclocking Features

  • AI NOS (Non-delay Overclocking System)
  • ASUS CPU Lock Free
  • ASUS PEG Link
  • Precision Tweaker:
  • vDIMM: 12-step DRAM voltage control
  • vCore: Adjustable CPU voltage at 0.0125 increment
  • SFS (Stepless Frequency Selection): allowing FSB tuning from 133MHz up to 400MHz at 1MHz increment
  • PCIe x16 Frequency: allowing PCIe x16 frequency from 90MHz up to 150MHz at 1MHz increment
  • AI Overclocking (intelligent CPU frequency tuner)
  • Adjustable FSB/DDR ratio. Fixed PCI/PCIe frequencies.
  • ASUS AI Booster utility
  • ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)


  • Realtek ALC882M High Definition Audio 8-channel CODEC
  • Support Multi-streaming, Jack-sensing and Jack-retasking functions
  • Coaxial, Optical S/PDIF out on back I/O port
  • Features Dolby Master Studio technology


  • Features Stack Cool 2 patented fanless cooling system
  • "SATA on the Go" External SATA connector
  • AI Quiet

Other ASUS Special Features

  • CrashFree BIOS 2
  • Q-Fan2
  • Multi-language BIOS
  • MyLogo2


  • 8Mb Flash ROM,AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI2.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.3, PXE & RPL


  • WOL by PME,WOR by PME, Chassis Intrusion

Back Panel I/O Ports

  • 1 x Parallel
  • 1 x Optical + 1 x Coaxial S/PDIF Output
  • 1 x PS/2 Keyboard
  • 1 x PS/2 Mouse
  • 2 x RJ45
  • 4 x USB 2.0/1.1
  • 1 x External SATA port
  • 8-Channel Audio I/O


  • I/O Connectors 2 x USB 2.0 connectors supports additional 4 USB 2.0 ports
  • 2 x IDE connector
  • 1 x Floppy disk drive connector
  • 8 x Serial ATA connectors

(Note: The SATA_RAID4 connector and External SATA port can not be used simultaneously)

  • 2 x IEEE1394a 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
  • System panel connector
  • 4-pin ASUS EZ Plug connector
  • 2 x 4-pin EATX12V Power connector

Support CD

  • Drivers
  • ASUS PC Probe 2
  • ASUS LiveUpdate Utility
  • Anti-virus software (OEM version)


  • InterVideo WinDVD Suite (OEM version)
  • 1 x IEEE1394a port module
  • 6 x SATA cables
  • 3 x SATA power cable for 6 devices
  • 1 x 2-port USB2.0 / Game module
  • 1 x COM Port module
  • 1 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)



P5WD2-E Premium - Accessory Bundle: The P5WD2-E Premium's assortment of included accessories is very similar to that of the P5WDG2-WS.  Along with the board itself, Asus threw in the obligatory user's manual and driver CD, in addition to the same InterVideo WinDVD Suite Multimedia Ensemble. There were also six SATA cables, three Molex-to-SATA power adapters, two IDE cables (one 80-wire, one 40-wire), and a floppy cabled bundled with the board. Over and above the software and cable bundle, Asus included a custom I/O shield and the same three expansion brackets with serial, Firewire, and USB and Game / MIDI ports.

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