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Asus P5K Pro

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kenco_uk 2nd April 2008, 10:11 Quote
Certainly is a strange layout. The sata port placement on recent boards really needs sorting out.

Good to see there is a pot of gold at the end of it though :)
naokaji 2nd April 2008, 10:19 Quote
The layout basically kills it, I mean there are plenty of P35 boards avalaible so I can't really see a reason to buy a board with a flawed layout.
badders 2nd April 2008, 10:34 Quote
It also only has the ALC883 Audio Codec, Which disables 5.1 Audio over SPDIF - Stereo only.
Also, there's no line-in passthrough on it. :(
Bindibadgi 2nd April 2008, 10:58 Quote
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Originally Posted by badders
It also only has the ALC883 Audio Codec, Which disables 5.1 Audio over SPDIF - Stereo only.
Also, there's no line-in passthrough on it. :(

Like I said - for "basic" audio, it suffices, but otherwise just get a cheap audio card.

Nao - fair play mate - there are a LOT of good P35 boards worth buying.
impar 2nd April 2008, 11:58 Quote
Greetings!

That 24-pin position...
Vode 2nd April 2008, 13:16 Quote
Spelling, page two: "mosphets"
Mankz 2nd April 2008, 13:53 Quote
Can you guys please get a DFI DK P35 to compare it too?

Apart from the layout, its a good looking board :D
Bindibadgi 2nd April 2008, 14:02 Quote
British spelling ;) I'm insistent on the ph - just like Sulphur.
p3n 2nd April 2008, 14:19 Quote
I kinda assumed when they created SATA that the size of the connectors intended people to place the ports on the 'underside' of the mobo in a line, you'd still have a few mm clearance from the case standoffs and you'd have 6+ uncomprimised ports!
naokaji 2nd April 2008, 14:59 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bindibadgi
Nao - fair play mate - there are a LOT of good P35 boards worth buying.

Yep, thats what I meant, my point was the P5K pro loosing ground due to that, I'll admit I should have worded it better.
Bindibadgi 2nd April 2008, 15:01 Quote
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Originally Posted by naokaji
Yep, thats what I meant, my point was the P5K pro loosing ground due to that, I'll admit I should have worded it better.

I won't deny it was certainly a poignant consideration, but it's a recommended product (it works very well and we would use one ourselves) and not an excellence (obviously) partly due to these two reasons. Inevitably there are people who want different things from a board :)
prosser13 2nd April 2008, 15:23 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bindibadgi
British spelling ;) I'm insistent on the ph - just like Sulphur.

MOSFETs is an acronym, not a word ;)
Bindibadgi 2nd April 2008, 15:34 Quote
LOL Fair point. I just thought it was Americanisation of the English language (as usual).

Go on clever-cloggs - what does it stand for then? ;)
phuzz 2nd April 2008, 16:30 Quote
hmm, thought I might read this and regret buying a P5KC last month, but that ATX connector alone is enough to put me off. (tho the P5KC still has the slightly daft SATA positioning, and the same rubbish floppy port location, although that's not much of an issue).
kenco_uk 2nd April 2008, 16:34 Quote
Well, blimey. I must admit, I thought mosfet was the given way of spelling it.
Bindibadgi 2nd April 2008, 17:05 Quote
I shall capitalise it in future too! Every day's a school day. ^_^
IanW 2nd April 2008, 18:40 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bindibadgi
LOL Fair point. I just thought it was Americanisation of the English language (as usual).

Go on clever-cloggs - what does it stand for then? ;

Metal
Oxide
Silicon
Field
Effect
Transistor.

Reading the review took this mobo off my shortlist for my next upgrade. That layout sucks like a Dyson!

Edit: Oops. Didn't see the linky in Kenco's post! :o
Jojii 2nd April 2008, 21:50 Quote
what about the 3870 x2, does that fall under the no crossfire umbrella?
Bindibadgi 3rd April 2008, 00:04 Quote
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Originally Posted by Jojii
what about the 3870 x2, does that fall under the no crossfire umbrella?

No that's fine - any "single PCB" (even dual slot) will fit.
r4tch3t 3rd April 2008, 03:55 Quote
When I first saw this board I thought, this is definitely the board I am getting, but then I saw the ATX connector :(
MOSFETs don't have to be Silicon, The most common meaning is Metal Oxide Semiconductor Field Effect Transistor.
Jipa 3rd April 2008, 09:31 Quote
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Originally Posted by review
Six USB ports is about average, but they are well spaced just in case a fatter USB adapter like a Wi-Fi module or “Rugged” USB key is used. On the other hand, there will be those that would want Asus to have condensed the spacing and throw in a couple more USB 2.0 ports since there are pin-outs for six onboard.

6 + 2 = 6? :)

There indeed is a ton of P35-motherboards on the markets and when I was getting my one, I eventually ended up pretty much picking one by random. Search "P35" came back with some 50+ motherboards from a webstore... Crazy.
MiNiMaL_FuSS 3rd April 2008, 15:37 Quote
dont those 2 rows of capacitors prevent the use of very heat sinks like the infinity? I know I can currently only mount it one direct on my P5B due to a similar issue.
Bindibadgi 3rd April 2008, 15:59 Quote
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Originally Posted by Jipa
6 + 2 = 6? :)

There indeed is a ton of P35-motherboards on the markets and when I was getting my one, I eventually ended up pretty much picking one by random. Search "P35" came back with some 50+ motherboards from a webstore... Crazy.

The rear I/O has 6 and the pin-outs on the board have 6 = 12 :)

Min: Which capacitors? The ones right next to the CPU socket, surrounding two sides are very short and within the Intel spec and standard across all motherboards.
MrMonroe 3rd April 2008, 17:02 Quote
My experience with the 680i series was that Asus really dropped the ball as far as RAM compatibility goes, especially in the realm of 4x1gig kits. Did you guys just do your testing with a 2x1gig kit of OCZ, or did you try other brands or different setups like 4x1 or 2x2?
[USRF]Obiwan 3rd April 2008, 18:01 Quote
First thought: Wow a new p35 board.

Then I saw the layout on the second page: Damn what have they done to the ATX connector! haven't they learned how to do it right with all the other previous board. Whats wrong with the memory slots? why have they shifted two of them towards the PCI-E slot. Why not use 90 degree SATA slots on the side of the motherboard? Who invented those damn flimsy ridiculously SATA connectors anyway. Must have been someone who handles fine glass or something other very fragile. Still using 160 year old floppy connector. In 2008 its a waste of space, coper lanes and other resources. I still cannot understand why the hell all manufacturers still insist using it.

Ok... enough rants for today
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