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Dolby Digital Live and DTS Connect for all

ASUS has two new Core 2 compatible motherboards. The first is the new P5W DH Deluxe which is catered towards the digital home market. Built around the Intel 975X and ICH7R core-logic the P5W DH Deluxe isn’t a board you’d find in consumer form factor or small form factor home theater PC’s. With the backing of the 975X and ICH7R core logic the P5W DH Deluxe packs support for ATI CrossFire via two half speed PCI Express x16 slots, two PCI Express x1, and three PCI slots.

There's also plenty of SATA II connections with seven connections—three from the ICH7R, two from the JMicron JMB363, and two from a Silicon Image controller. Strangely enough ASUS only implements three of the four supported SATA ports from the ICH7R, though support for RAID 0, 1, and 5 is still retained. The JMicron JMB363 serves double duty as the e.SATA controller and secondary IDE controller for those that have more than two IDE devices.

Networking features are plentiful with two Gigabit and wireless LAN support. The Gigabit Ethernet will most likely be provided by a Marvell 88E8052/88E8053 based controller like other Asus boards. Topping off the feature list is high definition 8-channel audio, though no mention of which codec will be used. It wouldn’t be too surprising to see the Realtek ALC882D used as Asus touts Dolby Digital Live, Dolby Pro Logic IIx, Dolby Headphone, and Dolby Virtual Speaker support. Additional features include a remote, Asus EZ-Backup, Asus WiFi-AP Solo, and Asus MP3-In.

The second board is the P965 and ICH8R based P5B Deluxe. This board supports DDR2-800—a feature the 975X core logic lacks. ATI CrossFire support is questionable at this point, though the board does have two PCI Express x16 slots with one operating in x2 or x4 modes. As far as features go the P5B Deluxe is pretty similar to the P5W DH Deluxe. There are six SATA II ports powered by the ICH8R and a JMicron JMB363 powering e.SATA and a secondary IDE channel. There’s also dual Gigabit LAN powered by two Marvell controllers and Wireless LAN. Audio is upgraded a bit with an Analog Devices high definition audio codec with support for DTS Connect.

DailyTech also recently published the ASUS corporate roadmap a few weeks ago.

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By zsdersw on 6/1/2006 7:34:10 PM , Rating: 2
Right... and some lipstick is all it would take to make you look pretty.

By Clauzii on 6/1/2006 7:46:23 PM , Rating: 2
Stupid comment - really ...

By zsdersw on 6/1/2006 8:55:29 PM , Rating: 2
Pot calling the kettle black, indeed.

By bob661 on 6/2/2006 11:42:20 AM , Rating: 2
I thought it was funny.

By mushi799 on 6/1/2006 7:42:57 PM , Rating: 2
thestain was a bitboy fan back in the day =/.

By Clauzii on 6/1/2006 7:42:59 PM , Rating: 2
I don't agree with You on the Ageia part - this could be a great opportunity for them.... In the professional segment anyway :)

By TheShniz on 6/1/06, Rating: 0
RE: Finally!!!
By Xenoid on 6/1/06, Rating: 0
RE: Finally!!!
By zsdersw on 6/1/2006 4:27:34 PM , Rating: 2
I doubt we will see Intel on top for as long as AMD was on top.

There's no reason at this point to believe anything about who will be on top for how long.

RE: Finally!!!
By kattanna on 6/1/2006 4:53:21 PM , Rating: 5
top..bottom...who cares as long as you are there...

oh...where you all talking about computers?

RE: Finally!!!
By zsdersw on 6/1/2006 7:30:55 PM , Rating: 2
As a gay man, I can assure you your pun was not lost on me. :)

RE: Finally!!!
By KnIgHtCoM on 6/1/2006 6:11:53 PM , Rating: 2
When will you fanboys stop making ridiculous comments on which company is better. Don't hate just because you just bought new hardware for your box and can't afford to upgrade again. Be excited that these two companies continue to push the envelope and make better prodcuts for us, the consumer.

By milnerw on 6/1/2006 6:36:58 PM , Rating: 2
About 2 weeks ago i was dead cert on finally upgrading my Athlon xp 2800+, 1gb ddr rubbish corsair value ram and oldskool voodoo 5500 (x800 pro died). Was gonna burn near a grand on an AM2 X2 4400, Asus mobo and either an X1900 XTX or 7900GTX with 2gb corsair Twinx 6400. Glad i have done abit of reading as were nearing the G80 in a week and conroe in a month so i think i can wait till then and see what happens.

RE: System
By secretanchitman on 6/1/2006 6:45:58 PM , Rating: 2
G80 in a week? how did you find out that info?

and btw, anandtech, this board uses the realtek ALC882M HD it off some site that had the exact specs of the board. this board comes with EVERYTHING!

the p5w DH/deluxe board i mean...

RE: System
By bob661 on 6/2/2006 11:37:06 AM , Rating: 2
G80 in a week? how did you find out that info?
I'd like to know that too.

By Trisped on 6/1/2006 7:12:46 PM , Rating: 2
the P5W DH Deluxe packs support for ATI CrossFire via two half speed PCI Express x16 slots, two PCI Express x1, and three PCI slots.
I see the 2 x16 slots and the 3 PCI slots, but I can only see 1 x1 slot. Maybe one of the x16 slots works as an x1 when you have a non-Crossfire card in there?

RE: Typo?
By Anh Huynh on 6/1/2006 7:15:57 PM , Rating: 2
The picture is of the P5B Deluxe, not the P5W DH Deluxe.

RE: Typo?
By shecknoscopy on 6/1/2006 7:46:23 PM , Rating: 2
When you combine this tech news with the AM2 platform and double sockets, what AMD is doing is making a lot more sense! Who knows, maybe video cards and their heat and noise will be a thing of the past as will Ageia PhysX cards and.. it makes Intel's Conroe and Kentfield look like really old tech.

Much of a fanboy, Trisped? That there be server tech, boyo - not really intended for the gaming community, no matter how much of an "enthusiast" you are.

<Begin Thought Process>

Lessee - I could get my quad-core dual-processor triple-coprocessor Torrino system for ONLY $10,000! And though it only plays games at 2fps more than my $1000 Conroe system, I can ALSO run a 2million-particle 3picosecond rigid body fluid dynamics simulations for the NIH! Which I'll never do! 'Cause I don't know what those are!

< End Thought Process. Perhaps permanently>

Look, I'm no Intel fanboy particularly - and I'll even accept it when AMD starts pitching dual >$1000 processor motherboards for the enthusiast market as their Conroe alternative. But I'll be damned if I'm going to let an owner of that system keep on lauditing his/her rig's superior price-to-performance ratio. He/she will get slapped.

Oh yes, they will be slapped.

And not in a good way.

Old name!
By Clauzii on 6/1/2006 7:37:51 PM , Rating: 2
The last ASUS board I had was a P5B - with an ALI chipset :)

RE: Old name!
By Anh Huynh on 6/1/2006 8:06:42 PM , Rating: 2
That was P5A IIRC. I used to have one too...stupid USB.

RE: Old name!
By Clauzii on 6/3/2006 10:15:41 PM , Rating: 2
You're right... P5A it is.... Stupid board as a whole.... :) Could never get the K6 to OC on it .... stupid board...

P5WDH.....Isit compatable with netburst cpus?
By hardwareking on 6/2/2006 7:34:50 AM , Rating: 2
I think i'll get the P5WDH to replace my gigabyte 945p-pro.
That'll go to my bro's system.
But is the P5WDH compatable with current netburst processors,for example the pentium d 930(which i have)?
And when is it getting released?

By Master Kenobi on 6/2/2006 11:24:02 AM , Rating: 2
Yes, the chipset and socket work the same as they did under netbusrt, the only change will the additional power and pathing you find with core. But depending on the processor the board will have to adjust certain functions, which are probably optimized for core, and netburst is sort of an afterthought.

By Warren21 on 6/2/2006 11:43:55 AM , Rating: 2
Actually, since this is the 975X chipset, it would be more appropriate to say that Core is the afterthough. This chipset was originally designed for NetBurst CPU's, namely the 900 series Extreme Editions. The 965 boards were made for Core, (like the P5B) so it would be more correct to say that those are the boards where NetBurst will play 2nd fiddle.

....N nvidia's where?
By shecknoscopy on 6/1/2006 5:11:32 PM , Rating: 2
Any news on conroe-supporting MOBOS with nvidia chipsets? I'm psyched about the new generation intel processors, but haven't really been getting much love from ATI, generally. Shouldn't have said that thing about her sister being prettier. Anyway, what's done is done; I can't turn the clock back now, regardless of what Timesplitters would have you believe. Or Cher.

Point is: if I want to go SLI with my shwanky new conroe chip - to whom can I turn? Or are we still relying on that modded bios that lets you run SLI on any dual x16 board? I'm all for modded stuff - but I feel safer when it's say, a case or a sleeping roomate's haircut, rather than a BIOS...

RE: ....N nvidia's where?
By crystal clear on 6/1/2006 11:59:41 PM , Rating: 2
"LANParty UT C19SLI32-T2R/G"
This is a SLI,CONROE ready motherboad

By secretanchitman on 6/1/2006 5:30:11 PM , Rating: 2
FINALLY! ive been hoping for a new 975x revision to the asus line for core 2 duo' they finally have arrived! i knew they would revise the boards!!!

RE: finally!
By peternelson on 6/1/2006 8:30:02 PM , Rating: 2

Yeah it is good to have an alternative 975X for conroe other than the intel "badaxe".

However I would prefer to see 975X teamed with the ICH8R rather than the ICH7. Hope some board maker brings such board out, assuming they are compatible?

965 is short on the pcie lanes I want, but ICH7 is superceded by ICH8.

Hope to see some other 975X based boards.

I'm looking for a mATX P965 board
By zsdersw on 6/1/2006 4:31:53 PM , Rating: 2
These boards are probably very nice, but I'm looking for a mATX P965-based board.

Don't believe everything you hear...
By Beenthere on 6/1/06, Rating: -1
RE: Don't believe everything you hear...
By zsdersw on 6/1/2006 7:32:17 PM , Rating: 3
Intel hasn't been sitting around either saying "Oh please, AMD.. take all the marketshare you want."

RE: Don't believe everything you hear...
By Clauzii on 6/1/2006 7:39:47 PM , Rating: 1
But at AMDs 20% they must feel like that :)

By zsdersw on 6/1/2006 8:59:51 PM , Rating: 3
I doubt it.

By peternelson on 6/2/2006 6:39:29 AM , Rating: 2

AMD now owns 48.1% of the US 4 way x86 server market, and 36% worldwide.

So in highend servers, it is seriously eroding Intel's market share.

In all servers AMD market share is now over 20%

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