ASUS P5AD2-E Motherboard Review :: Conclusion

01-06-2005 · Category: Motherboards

By Doc Overclock

Asus has hit the bulls eye square in the center of the target with P5AD2-E, as it is the fastest board yet seen for the Intel platform and proves that a little improvement can go a long way. I know going from an 800MHz FSB to a 1066MHz FSB would probably offer little improvement over the 915/925 boards, but actually the board performed beyond my expectations and impressed me with its test scores here in the lab. We scored some of the highest scores seen yet on our LGA775 platform tests and the overclocking results using Asus's own AiBooster tool were very solid using Intel slates 3.46GHz EE CPU and a very stable 10-12% increase in the CPU speed was attained using only air cooling. I was quite impressed the AiBooster tool to say the least as it is one of the most user friendly and functioning overclocking GUI's I have worked with.

As far as features go this thing is loaded to the hilt with exceptional hardware options throughout. WiFi LAN, Dual Gigabit LAN, HD 8-channel hardware audio, eight channels of SATA and then IDE RAID as well, wow, now that is a lot of cool stuff on one board and that just scratches the surface. The board ran flawlessly throughout all the testing phases here in the lab and worked well with various different speeds of memory as well as both ATI and NVIDIA VGA cards My overall feeling of the board was one of complete content, and I actually built my personal Intel platform system on this board due to my overall beyond satisfactory feeling. Asus has scored big with the P5AD2-E in my book as it has all the necessary features to put it on the top shelf of motherboards for the new 925XE chipset. A definite Editor's Choice product is to be found under the hood of the P5AD2-E. Good Job Asus!