ASUS is finalizing its X38 Express based
motherboard for shipping early next month. The upcoming P5E3 Deluxe supports
all LGA775 socket processors, including the upcoming Penryns. The board only accepts DDR3 memory.
ASUS opted to implement two PCIe x16 slots for ATI CrossFire multi-GPU support.
Unlike some other
X38 Express based boards with three PCIe x16 slots, the ASUS P5E3 Deluxe is
unable to take advantage of three-way or even
four-way ATI CrossFire configurations. However, in exchange for less PCIe
x16 slots, the ASUS P5E3 Deluxe has three standard PCI slots. The P5E3 Deluxe
also has two PCIe x1 slots.
Although Intel removed IDE support from the ICH9R, ASUS opted to equip the P5E3
Deluxe with an Agere controller for a single IDE port. Other notable features
of the P5E3 Deluxe include onboard high-definition audio, Gigabit Ethernet and
six SATA 3.0 Gbps.
ASUS also employs a heat pipe cooling solution to cool the X38 Express.
However, the final design of the heat pipe is undecided.
Expect the ASUS P5E3 Deluxe to show up in retail next month.
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