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    GamePC:Everything And The Kitchen Sink : Asusís P5AD2 Premium 925X

    WOW what a board! Memories of the "Black Pearl" line they had...

    ""With Intel's new 925X and 915P chipsets becoming widely available, we've seen a flood of new Socket-775 motherboards hitting the market in the last month. Every major motherboard manufacturer has at least two or three 775-pin designs, which gives the end user a lot of choices when it comes to picking out a board for this new CPU. Asus, our favorite motherboard manufacturer, has already released six Socket-775 motherboards to market. Their ultra-high-end platform, the P5AD2 Premium, has garnered what seems to be the most attention of any Socket-775 motherboard to date.

    The Asus P5AD2 Premium is getting so much press due to its impressive amount of onboard components and functionality. The board goes above and beyond one's expectations of onboard peripherals, as it is loaded down with absolutely incredible array of features. Besides the basic Socket-775/DDR2/PCI Express functionality added by Intel's 925X chipset, Asus stuffs this platform with features such as dual PCI Express Gigabit LAN ports, 802.11G/B Wireless LAN, Dual Serial ATA/150 RAID controllers, Ultra ATA/133 RAID, Firewire 400/800, and 7.1 Dolby Digital Live High Definition audio, just to name a few.

    All these features combined make the Asus P5AD2 Premium the most feature packed Pentium 4 motherboard we've ever tested to date. Do all these extra onboard features make the Premium board worth the ~$300 price tag? Here at the GamePC Labs, we set out to answer that question."

    Part of their Final Word (Burke, pay attention)...
    " Itís the board for someone who wants everything to be absolutely top of the line and doesnít mind paying for it...

    ...We certainly like to see Asus raising the bar with components such as 802.11G Wireless LAN, Stack Cool, and Firewire 800, even if they drive board prices up. The amount of onboard functionality is just staggering Ė itís to the point now where you donít need a single add-on cards besides a graphics card, all of the integrated components are so good that there are fewer and fewer reasons to even use up all those empty PCI slots. Audio, LAN, WLAN, RAID, Firewire, USB 2.0, everything is already provided for you."

    Full story here:
    http://www.gamepc.com/labs/view_cont...d=p5ad2&page=1

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    I wonder how the raid scores are.

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    From the article:

    Intel's ICH6-R controller chip supports four Serial ATA/150 devices natively, which can be used for booting and installing an operating system without the need of a driver disk. The controller also allows disks to be setup in RAID-0 and RAID-1 arrays, and as our tests have shown in the past, the ICH6-R is still the highest performing two disk RAID controller on the market.
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    really nice board but expensive..definitely going to hold off for a while before any other major upgrades expccet maybe CPU for myself

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    Quote Originally Posted by brembo
    From the article:

    Intel's ICH6-R controller chip supports four Serial ATA/150 devices natively, which can be used for booting and installing an operating system without the need of a driver disk. The controller also allows disks to be setup in RAID-0 and RAID-1 arrays, and as our tests have shown in the past, the ICH6-R is still the highest performing two disk RAID controller on the market.

    ya but what about disk raid0 or 5

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