ASUS P5WD2-E Premium (Intel 975X Express)



Nearly a year ago, we reviewed the exceptional ASUS P5WD2 Premium motherboard that was based on Intel's then top-end chipset, the 955X Express. It delivered everything an enthusiast would ask for in a premium motherboard; high performance, solid stability, silent and efficient cooling and features up the wazoo. ASUS completed the line-up with an equally commendable member of the family, which was the mid-range 945P Express based P5LD2 Deluxe, but when Intel launched their new flagship 975X Express chipset, ASUS naturally followed suit with an update to the aforementioned P5WD2 Premium. The P5WD2-E Premium motherboard shares many similarities with its predecessor, but ASUS is taking no prisoners by making sure that it succeeds the older board in more ways than one.

The ASUS P5WD2-E Premium motherboard.

Before we go into more details, let's have a look at the P5WD2-E Premium's bundled accessories and full technical specifications as listed below.

  • 6 x SATA data cables
  • 3 x SATA power converter cables (dual plugs)
  • 2 x 80-conductor Ultra ATA data cables
  • 1 x 40-conductor IDE data cable
  • 1 x floppy drive data cable
  • IEEE 1394a port bracket
  • USB 2.0 (2 ports) and Game port bracket
  • COM port bracket
  • I/O shield
  • Driver CD
  • InterVideo WinDVD Platinum Suite
  • User's manual

Rear panel shows a full range of connectivity including coaxial and optical S/PDIF and one eSATA port.

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