ASUS P5AD2-E Premium

Maximim PC BY GORDON MAH UNG Asus pulls performance out of the ether to trounce the competition P5AD2-EMaximum PC readers will find the P5AD2-E Premium strikingly similar to the motherboard we used in last year’s Dream Machine. That’s because it’s pretty much the same board, except this one supports CPUs with a 1066MHz front-side bus. And that ain’t a bad thing, really. Like its illustrious predecessor, the P5AD2-E is a traveling ASIC salesman’s dream: It packs dual Gigabit, FireWire A and B, eight SATA ports, three PATA ports, onboard 802.11B/G support, and Dolby Digital Live. There’s just so much to love about this board’s layout and features. The P5AD2-E is the only one to include three free fan headers; the others provide just one. Asus also bundles an external SATA connector that lets you run up to two SATA drives outside your computer. Nifty. In fact, the P5AD2-E is so packed with goodies that we can’t think of anything to add—unless, that is, we could have the 925XE chipset magically support SLI. read more...

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