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ASUS P5WD2-E Premium
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ASUS P5WD2-E Premium


Overall rating 9/10

ASUS' updated flagship motherboard for the Intel platform doesn't just sport some feature additions like dual Gigabit LAN and CrossFire multi-GPU support, but the P5WD2-E Premium is one board that no gamer or overclocker should pass by. When ASUS says 'Premium', they mean it.

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Product Specification

Processor Support and Chipset Type
  • Processor Support:
    • Supports 90nm LGA775 processor package
    • Supports Intel Pentium D / Pentium Processor Extreme Edition processors
    • Supports Intel Pentium 4 / Pentium 4 Extreme Edition processors
    • Intel Hyper-Threading Technology ready
  • Chipset Type:
    • Northbridge: Intel 975X Express
      • 533 / 800 / 1066MHz front side bus
      • PCI Express x16 graphics
      • CrossFire support (dual PCIe x8 mode)
    • Southbridge: Intel ICH7R
      • Intel High Definition Audio
      • Supports six PCI Express x1 lanes
      • Supports up to eight USB 2.0 ports
      • Supports four SATA 3.0Gbps ports (with RAID 0, 1, 5 and 10 capabilities)
      • Single-channel Ultra ATA-100 IDE port
Memory
  • Supports four unbuffered DIMM of 1.8 Volt DDR2 SDRAM
  • Supports 800/677/533/400 dual channel DDR2 memory architecture
Storage
  • Intel ICH7R Southbridge
    • 1 x Ultra ATA 33/66/100 (data transfer rate up to 100MB/sec.)
    • 4 x SATA II (Serial ATA II 3.0Gbps interface)
    • Intel Matrix Storage Technology
    • Supports RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 0+1, RAID 5
  • Marvell 88SE6141 SATA/IDE controller
    • 4 x SATA 3.0Gbps interface (1 x shared eSATA port)
    • 1 x Ultra ATA 33/66/100/133 (data transfer rate up to 133MB/sec.)
Audio
  • Intel High Definition Audio (Azalia)
  • Realtek ALC882M HD Audio CODEC (Dolby Master Studio Certification)
  • Optical and coaxial S/PDIF support
Networking 2 x Marvell 88E8053 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet controller
FireWire (IEEE 1394)
  • Texas Instruments TSB43AB22A IEEE 1394a host controller
  • 2 x 1394a ports @ 400 Mbps speed
Rear I/O
  • 4 x USB 2.0 ports
  • 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 parallel port (SPP/EPP/ECP)
  • 1 x mini-DIN-6 PS/2 mouse port
  • 1 x mini-DIN-6 PS/2 keyboard port
  • 1 x shared eSATA port
Internal Connectors
  • 1 x Floppy connector
  • 2 x Ultra ATA IDE connectors
  • 7 x SATA connectors
  • 4 x USB 2.0 ports (2 x bracket, 2 x header)
  • 2 x IEEE 1394a ports (1 x header, 1 x bracket)
  • 1 x CD-IN
  • 1 x 9-pin serial port (bracket)
Expansion Slots
  • 2 x PCIe x16 slots, PCI Express Bus specification v1.0a compliant
  • 1 x PCIe x1 slot, PCI Express Bus specification v1.0a compliant
  • 1 x PCIe x4 slot, PCI Express Bus specification v1.0a compliant
  • 3 x 32-bit PCI slots, PCI 2.3 compliant
Other Features
  • ASUS C.P.R. (CPU Parameter Recall)
  • Stack Cool 2
  • ASUS AI Net2
  • ASUS AI NOS
  • ASUS PEG Link
Form Factor ATX Form Factor, 12"x 9.6"(30.5cm x 24.4cm)