The ASUS P5B series is probably the largest motherboard family in the market at the moment spanning 11 different SKUs spread over the Intel P965 and G965 chipsets. And now, ASUS expands it even further by adding another two models into the lineup, increasing the total to a whopping 13 boards in one series alone. Most of the P5B boards are variants of each other, with almost the same features, but designed with specialized functionality like the P5B/TeleSky. The two new additions follow in the same vein, but this time ASUS takes on a brand new front that many other manufacturers have yet to touch on - Windows Vista. Yes, every manufacturer and vendor worth their salt have been gunning for those little 'Vista Certified' logos on their products, but how many of them can boast of one that is tailored to actually use the new features that Vista provides? This is a fresh market that ASUS hopes to be tapping onto first.
The two new ASUS boards in question are the P5B-Plus Vista Edition and P5B Premium Vista Edition; so what's new or special about them? You've seen our special preview of the ASUS WF5e SideShow notebook, well these are basically ASUS' SideShow capable motherboards. For this review, we've gotten our grubby little hands on the P5B Premium Vista Edition.
As usual, the box packaging for an ASUS high-end board is bursting through the seams. It's quite amazing how ASUS can keep adding peripherals into the same packaging box:-