Asus P5E3 Premium WiFi-AP @n Edition Motherboard

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Bundle and BIOS

Asus P5E3 Premium review

The packaging is just as classy looking as the board itself.  Although, I do sort of miss having large monsters, space aliens and unrealistic gas-hog trucks plastered all over the box (JK!).   It is classy looking though!

 

Asus P5E3 Premium review

Inside the box we have just a ton of accessories, including: IDE, floppy and six SATA cables, a SATA power adaptor, a Q-connector for the I/O pins on the board, a firewire and USB header, two fans for further cooling options, two omni-directional antennas for the wifi, manuals for the wifi and the board, and of course, the back plate for your case.  That really is quite a bundle.  Asus did not skimp with this board at all.

Asus P5E3 Premium review

Asus chose to use an AMI BIOS for their P5E3 Premium board (nothing new here).  Let’s take a look at the highlights of the BIOS.

Asus P5E3 Premium review

 

The AI Tweaker page is certainly where the bulk of time will and should be spent as you tweak the board out to the max.  

Asus P5E3 Premium review

FSB/NB strap options are 200/266/333 and 400.

Asus P5E3 Premium review

 

Your DDR3 frequency settings are many, and each setting changes depending on your fsb setting.  If you raise the fsb, than your DDR3 speeds go up accordingly.  Certainly there is a LOT of flexibility here as you tweak out your system.

Asus P5E3 Premium review

Command rate can be set to 1N, 2N or auto.

Asus P5E3 Premium review

DRAM CMD Skew settings…

Asus P5E3 Premium review

DRAM timing control… lots of options here as well!

Asus P5E3 Premium review

Vcore goes all the way up to 2.1v in increments of 00625v… a very good and dangerous number!

Asus P5E3 Premium review

CPU GTL can go as high as .8 in increments of .005.

Asus P5E3 Premium review

CPU PLL voltage can go as high as 2.78v in .02 increments.

Asus P5E3 Premium review

FSB Termination voltage can go to 1.5v in .02v increments.

Asus P5E3 Premium review

Our vdimm goes to an incredible 2.78v!  Certainly, no one should run their DDR3 at those voltages for anything that is remotely normal!

Asus P5E3 Premium review

Northbridge voltage goes to 2.21v.

Asus P5E3 Premium review

Northbridge GTL voltage maxes out at .67v

Asus P5E3 Premium review

Southbridge voltage has a max selection of 1.2v.

Asus P5E3 Premium review

The clock over-charging voltage has a top option of 1.0v.

Asus P5E3 Premium review

 

The AI Clock Twister is an auto overclocker and performance enhancer.  This is a nice feature to have for those that are not into tweaking a system out, but would like to have the added benefit that a little overclocking can bring.

The next few shots are not really of any real neat features, but since I took the pictures, you might as well look at them!

Asus P5E3 Premium review

Asus P5E3 Premium review

Asus P5E3 Premium review

Asus P5E3 Premium review

Asus P5E3 Premium review

Asus P5E3 Premium review

Asus P5E3 Premium review

Asus P5E3 Premium review

The tools page does have a few interesting things on it.  EZ Flash 2 is a nice and easy way to flash your BIOS.  The Overclocking Profile is an area that you can save and load BIOS settings so that you can change them on the fly.  I love that option!  Also, on this page we have the ability to turn on and off the Asus Express Gate.  The next two pictures show us what the Express Gate looks like…

Asus P5E3 Premium review

Instead of booting into the OS, you can boot into the Express Gate…

Asus P5E3 Premium review

Once it is booted, you can connect to the internet or SKYPE without having the OS overhead.  This is a novelty at best really, as most people do not mind waiting a few extra seconds for the system to boot.  It does make it nice to download a BIOS or driver without having to have a system up and running.

 

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