Preview - ASUS P35 "Bearlake" Motherboards

Bearlake - The ASUS Way

Bearlake - The ASUS Way

Straight from the preview factory, we bring you another sneak peek at more upcoming Intel P35 chipset motherboards. This time, we have the ASUS P5K Deluxe and P5K3 Deluxe, two high-end boards that are set to provide power users with a little more 'oomph' in the features department than the Gigabyte and MSI offerings we've shown thus far. Like Gigabyte and MSI however, both ASUS boards showcased here are practically identical, but designed with different memory support; the P5K3 Deluxe is the DDR3 version and the P5K Deluxe, DDR2 only.

As you should know by now, the Intel P35 chipset will support both DDR2 and DDR3 memory, so we're expecting most major manufacturers to launch dual versions of many of their boards with either DDR2, DDR3 or hybrid memory support. Since this will be a rather confusing time in the market, users should look carefully at what is being offered and plan your upgrades accordingly.

One of the most interesting observations that you'll notice looking at the ASUS P5K series is their rather modest designs. Sporting a non-complicated heat-pipe layout, the P5K/P5K3 Deluxe looks almost down to earth - or maybe we've become jaded with the radical coolers Gigabyte and MSI introduced with their P35 motherboards. What the P5K lacks in outward appeal however, they make up for in terms of features, so let's see what these two new boards have to offer.

P5K Deluxe and P5K3 Deluxe - The Differences