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ASUS P5K3 Premium Black Pearl Edition
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ASUS P5K3 Premium Black Pearl Edition


Overall rating 9/10

ASUS launches their third generation Black Pearl Edition motherboard with the ASUS P5K3 Premium. Packing its own low latency DDR3-1333 memory onboard, great cooling, extreme performance and overclocking plus everything else that comes with the regular P5K3 Deluxe, this you've got to see.

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Product Specification

Processor Support and Chipset Type
  • Supports all 90nm/65nm Intel LGA775 processors
  • 45nm ready (Wolfdale & Yorkfield)
  • Quad-Core Optimized
  • Northbridge: Intel P35
  • 533 / 800 / 1066 / 1333MHz front side bus
  • PCI Express x16 for graphics
  • Southbridge: Intel ICH9R
  • Intel High Definition Audio
  • Supports six PCI Express x1 lanes
  • Supports up to twelve USB 2.0 ports
  • Supports six SATA 3.0Gbps ports (with Matrix Storage Technology)
  • Integrated 10/100/1000Mbps MAC
Memory
  • Onboard 2 x 1GB unbuffered, dual channel DDR3-1333 SDRAM
  • Max 2GB, non configurable
Storage
  • Intel ICH9R Southbridge
  • 6 x SATA 3.0Gbps interface
  • Intel Matrix Storage Technology
  • Supports RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 0+1, RAID 5, RAID 10
  • JMicron JMB363
  • 1 x Ultra ATA 33/66/100/133 (data transfer rate up to 133MB/sec.)
  • 2 x SATA 3.0Gbps interface (eSATA)
  • SATA RAID 0, RAID1 and JBOD
Audio
  • Intel High Definition Audio (Azalia)
  • ADI AD1988B HD Audio CODEC
  • Optical and coaxial S/PDIF
Networking
  • Marvell 88E8056 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet
  • Realtek RTL8110S PCI Gigabit Ethernet
  • ASUS WiFi-AP Solo 802.11g Wireless LAN (Realtek RTL8187L)
FireWire (IEEE 1394)
  • agere FW3227 FireWire-400 controller
  • 2 x 1394a ports @ 400 Mbps speed
Rear I/O
  • 1 x Floppy connector
  • 1 x Ultra ATA IDE connectors
  • 8 x SATA connectors (6 x internal, 2 x eSATA)
  • 12 x USB 2.0 ports (6 x rear, 4 x header, 2 x reserved)
  • 2 x IEEE 1394a ports (1 x rear, 1 x header)
  • 2 x RJ45 LAN port
  • 1 x Optical S/PDIF Output
  • 1 x Coaxial S/PDIF Output
  • 8-Channel Audio I/O ports
  • 1 x COM port (header)
  • 1 x mini-DIN-6 PS/2 keyboard port
Expansion Slots
  • 2 x PCIe x16 slots, PCI Express Bus specification v1.1 compliant
  • 2 x PCIe x1 slots, PCI Express Bus specification v1.1 compliant
  • 3 x 32-bit PCI slots, PCI 2.3 compliant
Other Features
  • ASUS Quiet Thermal Solution
  • ASUS Super Memspeed Technology
  • Turbo D3 Onboard Memory
  • 10-Layer PCB
  • All Solid Capacitors
Form Factor ATX Form Factor, 12"x 9.6"(30.5cm x 24.4cm)