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ASUS EN9600GT Matrix  (Source: ASUS)

ASUS EAH3850 Trinity  (Source: ASUS)

ASUS P5QC  (Source: ASUS)

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ASUS P5Q series motherboards and exclusive new video cards will launch at Computex

Despite the fact that Intel’s P45 chipset was delayed, Intel is still sticking to the June launch next month at Computex. ASUS will be fielding an entire family of motherboards based on the P45 chipset at Computex and the six models that make up the P5Q family share many of the same specifications.

One thing that the new boards have in common that will be most welcome to computer users is the new Express Gate feature that promises to get users from boot up to online in 5 seconds without using Windows. ASUS says that with Express Gate you can view images, listen to online music and surf the net.

Another common feature between the six boards in the family is the EPU-6 engine that provides phase switching for components including the CPU, video card, memory, fans, drives and chipset. The technology provides the ideal power needed for the components via acceleration and overclocking eliminating excess power to save energy.

Both the P5QC and P5Q3 boards support DDR3 and the P5QC supports DDR2 as well. Since DDR2 and DDR3 aren’t slot compatible the board has RAM slots for both formats with four for DDR2 and a pair for DDR3.

The boards support bus speeds appropriate for the newest Intel processors of 800/1066/1333/1600 MHz. The P5Q3 Deluxe/WiFi also features onboard 802.11n networking. Another very welcome feature on some P5Q boards is five available USB headers providing a total of 10 external USB ports. Some lower end models of the P5Q family have four USB headers.

ASUS says that its P5Q boards will be available and shipping to resellers in June.

The best motherboard ASUS in introducing is the ASUS Maximus II Formula. The board will support the Intel P45 chipset and uses DDR2 RAM. The board also features a SupremeFX X-Fi audio card and uses interesting overclocking technology called CPU Level Up. 

CPU Level Up allows for CPU overclocking without any knowledge of overclocking. The board also features Extreme Engine power to deliver stable voltages to connected components.

Motherboards are far from the only cool computer gear coming from ASUS at Computex. ASUS will be showing off one of the most interesting graphics cards around. ASUS calls it the “Concept Car” graphics card and it is known by the name ASUS EAH3850 Trinity.

The EAH3850 Trinity sports three RV670PRO GPUs on one board. ASUS says that the Trinity offers a 139% performance improvement over a standard single GPU card. The Trinity also offers two additional DVI outputs for a total of four. To keep the Trinity cool ASUS uses an exclusive specially designed water cooling solution that sits inside two 5.25-inch drive bays. Each of the three GPUs on the Trinity has 512MB of RAM for a total of 1.5GB of RAM.

In addition, ASUS is introducing another video card that they are likening to a car -- this time a hybrid car. The ASUS EN9600GT Matrix graphics card has a combo of fan and heatsink solution on one card. This approach allows the card to keep cool under full load and save power when the card is idle or doesn’t need the fan running.

ASUS is also announcing a new complete gaming system called the ASUS Ares gaming PC. The machine can be optioned with a Core 2 Extreme CPU, 8GB of DDR3, NVIDIA Quad SLI or ATI CrossFireX and up to 4TB of storage space. The system uses liquid cooling to keep the processor running cool.

Finally, ASUS plans to launch new Eee models at Computex as well.

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SLI or Crossfire
By Fnoob on 5/29/2008 7:57:31 PM , Rating: 2
Uber unl33t question, but - is this new gaming rig the first to be able to run both SLI and Crossfire? Seem to recall some others, but they were non-contenders for my attention. What is it, technically, that differentiates one "Dual PCI x16" motherboard from another with regard to video card preference? If it's just the chipset, it will be interesting to see if a 'dual mode' model will end up being a 'jack of all trades, master of none'. Don't get me wrong - I'm all for it as a consumer; just skeptical.

RE: SLI or Crossfire
By 4wardtristan on 5/29/2008 11:59:57 PM , Rating: 2
but - is this new gaming rig the first to be able to run both SLI and Crossfire?

its called skulltrail

only the richest of rich people can even begin thinking about purchasing the products needed to run it...or review websites!

RE: SLI or Crossfire
By afkrotch on 5/30/2008 12:09:59 AM , Rating: 2
only the richest of rich people can even begin thinking about purchasing the products needed to run it...or review websites!

Or just a person who knows how to save their money. Shoot, I can purchase a Skull Trail setup, but I'd have to buy it in pieces. Probably 3 months of me buying all the pieces.

RE: SLI or Crossfire
By BruceLeet on 5/30/2008 2:17:54 AM , Rating: 4
And after that 3 months is up something better performing, competively priced comes out.

RE: SLI or Crossfire
By 4wardtristan on 5/30/2008 4:42:44 AM , Rating: 2
true, and i also can save money..

but out of the next, say, $50k of "splurge" money that i spend in my lifetime, not a cent will be going towards a (currently)$4800 computer setup(2 cpus and a mobo)..

RE: SLI or Crossfire
By smilingcrow on 5/30/2008 6:42:11 AM , Rating: 2
The Skulltrail platform doesn’t have to be that expensive if you use the regular 45nm Xeons as opposed to the Extreme versions. The mobo is a lot but the Harpetown chips are good value and they’ll over-clock as well. The 800MHz FB-DIMMs are fairly expensive but if you can live with 4GB the price isn’t so bad.

RE: SLI or Crossfire
By FITCamaro on 5/30/2008 7:39:21 AM , Rating: 4
Why did a simple question get rated down? God I love people rating others down simply because they don't know.

P5QC - 6 ram slots!!!!! *DROOL*
By DEredita on 5/29/2008 8:19:27 PM , Rating: 1
I can't stop drooling over the P5QC motherboard - 6 ram slots. Hot damn!!!! I was just about to do a new build, but I am now going to hold out for that motherboard. Supposedly, it supports both DDR2 and DDR3 memory. I am thinking a Vista Business 64-bit system, Q9450, 12GB of ram, 512+ MB video memory, 1TB - 2TB hard drive. Complement it with Adobe Creative Suite 4 (64-bit) in the Fall, and will have the ultimate Photoshop workstation. :) Video, photo, and music editing will be a breeze, and will be a fraction of the cost of a Mac Pro, which I can't afford.

RE: P5QC - 6 ram slots!!!!! *DROOL*
By leexgx on 5/29/2008 8:29:35 PM , Rating: 2
four for DDR2 and two for DDR3, one or the other not both at the time time

RE: P5QC - 6 ram slots!!!!! *DROOL*
By DEredita on 5/29/2008 8:50:41 PM , Rating: 1
That means you can put in 2GBx6 DDR2 strips? Rats!!!

By DEredita on 5/29/2008 8:51:30 PM , Rating: 2
Sorry, meant to say:

That means you can't put in 2GBx6 DDR2 strips? Rats!!!

RE: P5QC - 6 ram slots!!!!! *DROOL*
By rgsaunders on 5/29/2008 9:56:44 PM , Rating: 1
Take a closer look at the layout of the board and quit drooling. Crappy placement of the mainboard power supply connector, etc. These combo boards are frequently a design compromise and are only really meant for the indecisive, although they fill a marketing niche I guess.

By DEredita on 5/30/2008 1:00:25 AM , Rating: 2
I should have read it closer. I was thinking that it could support 12GB (2GBx6) of ram, but I was wrong.

Cross Training
By Fnoob on 5/29/2008 7:50:12 PM , Rating: 2
Apparently the Nissan guy who designs the fancy plastic engine covers is now moonlighting for Asus.

RE: Cross Training
By GaryJohnson on 5/30/2008 2:38:18 AM , Rating: 2
It needs one of those pulsing red lights like on the car from Nightrider. And a "Turbo" button.

RE: Cross Training
By kenji4life on 5/30/2008 3:43:47 AM , Rating: 2
So the video card will come out with a red-top model as well?

RE: Cross Training
By Runiteshark on 5/30/2008 11:10:04 AM , Rating: 2
Its not just Nissan, its everyone now.

Guy must have one hell of a paycheck working for everyone.

XiFi? Not Xonar??
By B166ER on 5/30/2008 7:07:03 AM , Rating: 2
I cant see why the Maximus II has that fancy ass XiFi sound instead of Asus' much hooptie'd Xonar deal. Killin' themselves with their own competition?

RE: XiFi? Not Xonar??
By B166ER on 5/30/2008 7:08:44 AM , Rating: 2
Umm, I meant to write X-Fi. Heh, silly tech boi....

RE: XiFi? Not Xonar??
By boogle on 6/1/2008 11:19:43 AM , Rating: 2
It's not an X-Fi, its basically Asus next-generation 'Sound Extreme' based on a new Analog Devices chip.

It supports EAX 4.0, and so Asus are trying to bring in the X-Fi marketing. However, X-Fi supports EAX 5, so it still doesn't have (game) feature parity with X-Fi.

RE: XiFi? Not Xonar??
By stepone on 5/30/2008 7:58:29 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah I was wondering when we'll start to see the xonar on high level mobo's from Asus.

Heck they could just leave the onboard chip/audio connectors out & bundle the cheapo xonar pci-e card with the board instead.

That would give us some decent added value & 1 more reason to go asus.

By afkrotch on 5/29/2008 10:37:58 PM , Rating: 3
In addition, ASUS is introducing another video card that they are likening to a car -- this time a hybrid car. The ASUS EN9600GT Matrix graphics card has a combo of fan and heatsink solution on one card. This approach allows the card to keep cool under full load and save power when the card is idle or doesn’t need the fan running.

I don't really understand this paragraph. Are they likening to a car, because of looks or because of the way it runs? I'm assuming looks.

I can't imagine a combo of fan and heatsink is what makes it like a hybrid car, if all aircooled vidcards also use a fan and heatsink.

RE: Huh?
By michaelheath on 5/30/2008 1:00:30 AM , Rating: 2
If you have ever driven a hybrid electric car, either the electric engine or the gas engine is used depending on speed or acceleration. Most of the time the electric engine is sufficient, such as for city driving. However, when the driver requires more speed or suddenly accelerates, merging onto an open highway for instance, the gas engine takes over because the car's momentum requires it.

Asus is suggesting that the fan only runs when it's required under heavy load, but the rest of the time the passive heatsink would suffice. It's not the first time I've seen such a design, though I hope it works better than what I recall of the last time someone tried this concept (which wasn't a miserable failure, but it obviously didn't take off if Asus is passing this off as something that nobody's ever done before).

RE: Huh?
By rgsaunders on 5/30/2008 1:16:47 AM , Rating: 2
Actually, there are other graphics boards that do this. I have a Sapphire HD 3650 in one of my systems that only runs the fan when required. Works well, and its a current product.

Trinity.... HELP !!!!
By Reclaimer77 on 5/29/2008 6:55:37 PM , Rating: 2
" Dodge this ( Crysis ) "

RE: Trinity.... HELP !!!!
By PhoenixKnight on 5/29/2008 7:56:03 PM , Rating: 2
Spoiler Alert! Snape kills Trinity with Rosebud.

RE: Trinity.... HELP !!!!
By Natfly on 5/29/2008 11:13:50 PM , Rating: 1
What an awful, awful comic.

First BSoD Motherboard
By 325hhee on 5/30/2008 11:55:36 AM , Rating: 2
The board also features a SupremeFX X-Fi audio card

Wow, just that thought alone scares me. This is going to be the first motherboard out there, that comes with a built in BSoD hardware. I wonder who's going to put in the support for the drivers, Asus or, that hellish of a company, Creative Labs?

Sadly, even with the new drivers out there, I still get BSoD on some games when I turn on my Fata1ty card. I couldn't get that Daniel_K driver to work for me, because it can't detect my sound card, even the creative installation disc wasn't able to detect it. Funny how out of the box, it was not detectable, yet the OS does.

This board is death in the making, please go with another sound card. Hmm, isn't Asus also in the sound board market now too?

RE: First BSoD Motherboard
By boogle on 6/1/2008 11:24:39 AM , Rating: 2
Its no an X-Fi, its still onboard graphics. Basically they're using a new Analog Devices chip that supports EAX 4 in software. They're throwing in the X-Fi branding.

I doubt it'll take long for Creative to bring out the lawsuits.

By danrien on 5/30/2008 8:12:11 AM , Rating: 2
This caught me off guard:

The board also features a SupremeFX X-Fi audio card

Whatever happened to the Asus Sonar? Unless I got my companies screwed up....

I like Asus but...
By FITCamaro on 5/30/2008 7:45:06 AM , Rating: 1
Their motherboards have just gotten too damn overpriced. Of course thats not entirely their fault. Nvidia chipsets seem to cost a fortune. Now days you can easily spend as much, more, or much more on your motherboard as on your processor. I mean a Q6600 costs $220ish. A good SLI motherboard can cost $170, $200, 250, even $300 or more.

Can we please just get some motherboards with dual 16x slots, 8GB RAM support, 2 PCI, 2 PCI-E 1x, a network port, 6 USB, and decent RAID support? I just put together a new system and went with the 680i because I didn't feel like spending $200+ for a motherboad to get the 780i or 790i. Doesn't have PCI-E 2.0 but dual 16x PCI-E 1.0 (physical and electrical) is more than enough for todays cards and future cards. And at least most of the kinks are worked out.

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