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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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Typo?
By Trisped on 6/1/2006 7:12:46 PM , Rating: 2
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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
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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.


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