First Thoughts

We have thoroughly enjoyed our test sessions with the ASUS P5E3 Deluxe board. Although we still do not have final silicon boards yet, we have to say that ASUS has done an excellent job with their design implementation on this board. While the new or revised features such as Express Gate, 802.11n, and the BlackHawk audio technology might mean little to some users, we think the additions complete the overall package that ASUS is after with their Deluxe series of boards. The early package we received just showed a certain level of polish that our other X38 boards do not have at this time. Sometimes that means little, but it certainly left an impression on us in early testing. This is an impression that we hope continues with the retail package as this board is certainly worth a second look.

Overall performance has been very good at stock speeds even with the slight memory throughput penalties that running DDR3 at 1066 brings to the table compared to DDR2 at 1066. However, unlike what we witnessed with the P35 DDR3 boards at launch, the ability to have DDR3 1066 performance match or better DDR2 1066 is impressive considering the potential clocking headroom DDR3 enjoys. Unfortunately, the performance potential of DDR3 sounds great until you realize the current entry price for the high performance modules. As a buyer, looking at the prospect of spending up to four times more for DDR3 is daunting considering the minimal advantages it offers.

We are only a few days away from the official X38 launch and the ability to show a full test suite, provided the retail boards show up in time. We had actually planned on providing a lot more detail today, but last minute updates from the involved parties limited our reporting. With the launch article, we will have additional details including some impressive power consumption numbers that are now lower than the P35 chipset and improved thermal characteristics. We say "impressive" because the early boards showed just the opposite trend. While we would love to provide more information, at the behest of our contacts at Intel it will have to wait. We just hope the wait is not longer than expected.

Gaming and Graphics Performance


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  • tiggerjedi - Saturday, December 15, 2007 - link

    Can you use DDR2 on the P5E3 Deluxe too or are you restricted to using only DDR3 with this motherboard? Reply
  • Deusfaux - Friday, September 21, 2007 - link

    Something with features like the remote? Reply
  • chipsetguy - Wednesday, September 19, 2007 - link

    Some notes on Bearlake-X
    It has 2 Gen2 (5Gbps) x16 PCIE slots - 32 lanes off of the north-bridge
    There are of course the 1x4 (or 4 x1's) on the south bridge - these are gen1. (ICH9)
    There is a hardware prefetcher to help decrease memory latency (CPU -> DRAM reads)
    It natively will support 1600/1600 (X48 version).
    Support for new 45nm CPU's (single quad core)

    With new DDR3 already at 1800Mhz, its going to really fly!
  • chipsetguy - Wednesday, September 19, 2007 - link

    Guys - all a G35 is a re-packaged 965p - with support for fsb 1333. You guys are funny. Reply
  • 8steve8 - Monday, September 24, 2007 - link

    the g35 is not a rehashed g33 or g965

    your statement is false or at least misleading..
  • chipsetguy - Wednesday, September 19, 2007 - link

    My bad - is a G965. Of course it has internal graphics... My bad. Reply
  • Jodiuh - Wednesday, September 19, 2007 - link

    "...but then again we do not express any love for several board manufacturers who tend to use the entire Crayola color palette on their boards."

    THANK YOU!! I sincerely hope the hippies @ Gigacolor hear about/read this. What is so hard about using 3 colors like the DFI Dark, eh?

  • 457R4LDR34DKN07 - Wednesday, September 19, 2007 - link

    Where is the Maximus Formula SE/Xtreame? The only thing this has really got going for it is eSata. Reply
  • Gary Key - Wednesday, September 19, 2007 - link

    The R.O.G. boards will probably be released in November. ASUS is trying to pull the date in but we do not have a final schedule, yet. Reply
  • larson0699 - Tuesday, September 18, 2007 - link


    Our normal process is to change our power settings to performance, delete the contents of the Prefetch folder, and then reboot after each benchmark run.
    What about disabling prefetch/superfetch, if not also a few services?

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