ASUS P5WD2-E Premium Motherboard Review :: ASUS P5WD2-E Premium Layout

05-16-2006 · Category: Motherboards

By Benjamin Sun
ASUS P5WD2-E Premium Spec Sheet
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Part NumberP5WD2-E Premium
ManufacturerASUS
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DownloadsBIOS
Drivers
Manuals
ChipsetIntel 975X Express ICH7R
North BridgeIntel 82975X MCH
SocketLGA775 Socket
Processor TypesPentium 4 HT Extreme Ed., Pentium D
Number of CPUs1
Front Side Bus1066/800/533MHz
Memory TypeDDR2
Memory ChannelsDual
Maximum Memory8GB
External GraphicsPCI Express x16
IGP None
South BridgeIntel 82801GR ICH7R
Audio8-channel
IDE100/66/33
SCSINone
SATA3.0 GB/s
RAID0, 1, 0+1, 5, 10
LAN10/100/1000
FirewireIEEE 1394a
USBUSB 2.0
Expansion Slots
  • 3 x PCI
  • 2 x PCI Express x1
  • 2 x PCI Express x16
BIOSAMI
Form FactorATX
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The layout of the P5WD2-E Premium is pretty standard. The CPU area is free of obstructions allowing for easy installation of after-market cooling devices on the CPU. The 8-pin power connector is located on the top of the motherboard under the PS/2 mouse and keyboard ports. The 24-pin ATX power connector is located next to the FDD connector and the Molex connector for EZ-Power.


ASUS P5WD2-E Premium Motherboard Review CPU Socket area

CPU Socket area

ASUS P5WD2-E Premium Motherboard Review FP Headers

FP Headers

ASUS P5WD2-E Premium Motherboard Review North Bridge heatsink

North Bridge heatsink

ASUS P5WD2-E Premium Motherboard Review South Bridge Heatsink

South Bridge Heatsink


Heatsinks


ASUS P5WD2-E Premium Motherboard Review North Bridge

North Bridge

ASUS P5WD2-E Premium Motherboard Review South Bridge

South Bridge


ASUS has headers for two IEEE-1394 connections, and two USB brackets. This brings the support for this board with 8 USB 2.0 ports. ASUS has a heat sink covering the North and South Bridges, cooling them ok. ASUS calls their cooling system Finless cooling system. The Front Panel I/O is labeled so you can't insert the wrong wire. There are three cooling fan headers on the board.