Asus P5K3 Premium: Part 1

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Fr4nk 24th August 2007, 12:17 Quote
Would have liked to seen some benches, then again this is only part one. I'm sure some one with more money than sense will buy it... But investing £550 into a mobo and ram only to see it heavily drop in price as new stuff comes out/ DDr3 becomes more mainstream/ affordable, it just doesn't seem right to blow that much cash on it, also youre heavily limited to upgrading your ram :P

None the less it's a nice gimmick/ innovation but impracticle IMO...

/Waits to see the six waterblocks from EK waterblocks :p

atanum141 24th August 2007, 12:19 Quote
Awesome mobo for the completely mad and super rich.

it's a engineering masterpiece and looks like's the dogs bollox but the limitation with only having DDR3 is obviously shown.
kenco_uk 24th August 2007, 12:22 Quote
Still only 6 sata ports. I like the memory heatpipe though, very nice.
Kipman725 24th August 2007, 12:43 Quote
cool idea you should be able to achive much higher clocks and lower latancy than if that memory was in seperate slots. Although as far as I have seen DDR3 @ 1600mhz only just matches the best DDR2 so for me DDR2 seems like a better choice for value for money.
lamboman 24th August 2007, 12:47 Quote
The problem with all these DDR3 boards with integrated memory is that 4GB will soon become mainstream for enthusiasts, and with no way to upgrade the memory, it makes it pretty stupid to buy the board.
Mankz 24th August 2007, 12:47 Quote
Its a very nice solution by Asus.

Only problem is the cost. If it were ~ £400 Im sure more people would by one.
ComputerKing 24th August 2007, 13:14 Quote
HOLY ****! 2GB DDR3 OnBoard! WTF, They kidding for sure! That 10 Layer is amazing too! but If I want 4GB rams or 8GB! What I do, mmm this is kickass motherboard but that ram thing kinda make it sux!

Thanks for the review, Good luck.

BTW: I was want Bit-Tech Guys make review on this

I love that LCD and I wish if i can buy it :)

Thanks very much.
Tulatin 24th August 2007, 13:41 Quote
*sighs at the post above me*

Good idea on the board, but it does bear a few issues. First off, you're dropping over the worse side of a half thousand pounds, and now you've eternally got yourself 2GB of ram, courtesy of 32 ICs, any one of which could go tits up, and send you on a wonderful little RMA vacation. Rather than just popping the offending stick and sending it home for a few days, now you've got to send the whole bloody board back - insured, tracked, and with armed escort for that cost.

Beyond that, it's cheaper for those of us on this side of the pond to get a DDR3 P5K, and a good set of 2gb (1800+) or an average set of 4gb than this...
Jack_Pepsi 24th August 2007, 13:46 Quote
I can understand why they didn't include 4GB instead of 2, I just think it'd make more sense (at the cost of expense - no rhyme intended) Who's to say they won't be releasing an updated model with 4GB (or even 8) at a later... date.


Either way, I'd have preferred to see this board with 4GB, but hey, what can you do?

Nice article by the way, looking forward to part 2.

Carbon_Arc 24th August 2007, 13:47 Quote
It's got a very philosophical BIOS..... "Exist and Save Changes".

I wonder what the alternative option is?
Jack_Pepsi 24th August 2007, 13:48 Quote
[USRF]Obiwan 24th August 2007, 13:53 Quote
Seems the memory heatpipe is useless anyway. Or else the would have had a labyrint of heatpipes on the back also for the other memchips...
Panos 24th August 2007, 13:54 Quote
As idea is great BUT........

For the same money we can get a respectable 650i Ultra or P35,Q6600, 4GB DDR2-7200 and left with enough, to get an 8600 to go with it.

What I'm concerned is that we didn't saw any ratings of how ti perform against a typical motherboard.
The_Pope 24th August 2007, 14:35 Quote
Originally Posted by kenco_uk
Still only 6 sata ports. I like the memory heatpipe though, very nice.

Innocent question: how many would you want to see??
Ramble 24th August 2007, 14:38 Quote
How many SATA ports do people want? 6 ports x 1 terbyte drives = 6 terabytes of storage. Even if you saturate that then you still have external drives and USB ports to use.
If you use all of that up, then you have a pornography problem.
naokaji 24th August 2007, 14:52 Quote
the problem with that board is that you can get a ddr3 board + 2GB DDR 3 ram or ddr2 board + 4GB ddr2 ram for less.
kenco_uk 24th August 2007, 14:55 Quote
Ramble, you've got the wrong end of the stick.

I have four sata hdd's (400+400+300+300) and three sata dvd-rw's. I dumped ide drives a few months ago now and love the smaller/easier to work with sata cables.

The_Pope - I think 7 sata ports should be the standard, or at least one of the two esata ports as a normal sata port (as is on the P5B Deluxe).
Bindibadgi 24th August 2007, 15:11 Quote
I've got three DVDRWs but I'll admit I'm on the excessive end of the scale and never really use all three at once unless I'm utterly lazy for DVD changing or am burning multiple disks at once, but then I'm often limited by DVD speed.

You could combine the 300s or 300/400 with a single 750GB if they aren't RAIDed.
Mankz 24th August 2007, 16:02 Quote
I think you realistically need atleast 4 SATA ports (2xDVD , 2 XHDD). 6 is ample.
n00btard 24th August 2007, 16:05 Quote
If the A8N32 was supposed to be a heavy board, I shudder to imagine how heavy this monstrosity is...

Not having the liberty to move up to 4GB is a real deal-breaker :(
ComputerKing 24th August 2007, 16:16 Quote
Lol I need 6 they are good ( 4 X 500GB, 2 X RWS ) so no problem :D ( My future upgrade I hope )
kenco_uk 24th August 2007, 16:25 Quote
How many people are going to buy 2 x esata hdd's then?
Bindibadgi 24th August 2007, 16:26 Quote
I own one.

That didn't come with an eSATA cable >:(

**** you WD.
Mankz 24th August 2007, 16:27 Quote
^^ Indeed.
ComputerKing 24th August 2007, 16:29 Quote
Originally Posted by Bindibadgi
I own one.

That didn't come with an eSATA cable >:(

**** you WD.

the cable come with the motherboard my 965 dq6 came with 2 slots ( 4 Ports ) and 4 cables :D and I use WD they make noise at night, **** you WD.
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