ASUS Commando Motherboard Review :: ASUS Commando Features

04-15-2007 · Category: Motherboards

By Benjamin Sun
ASUS Commando Spec Sheet
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Part NumberCommando
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ChipsetIntel P965 Express ICH8DH
North BridgeIntel 82P965 MCH
SocketLGA775 Socket
Processor TypesCore 2 Extreme, Core 2 Duo, Pentium 4, Pentium D
Number of CPUs1
Front Side Bus1066/800/533MHz x2
Memory TypeDDR2
Memory ChannelsDual
Maximum Memory8GB
External GraphicsPCI Express x16
IGP None
South BridgeIntel 82801HDH ICH8DH
SATA3.0 GB/s
RAID0, 1, 0+1, 5, 10
Expansion Slots
Form Factor
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The Commando board has a P965 Northbridge. This chipset brings many new features including support for Intel's ViiV Technology, 1066MHz FSB, multi-GPU support, and the ICH8R Southbridge support to the mainstream Intel chipset market. The key feature of the ICH8R Southbridge is the ability to use 6 SATA ports natively, while the ICH7R only supported 4 natively.

ASUS Commando Motherboard Review CPU Socket

CPU Socket

The Commando board supports all current Intel CPUs including the Quad Core QX6700, the Core 2 Duo E6700, and earlier CPUs based on the LGA-775 interface. Note that Intel is going to release new CPUs on the 1333MHz FSB which might require a different motherboard as ASUS has not stated on their 1333MHz Support List whether this board supports 1333MHz FSB nor has their BIOS been updated with one that would support the new CPUs.

ASUS Commando Motherboard Review SATA ports

SATA ports

ASUS Commando Motherboard Review IDE port

IDE port

The Commando has 6 SATA ports matching the maximum that the chipset supports natively. RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 modes are supported, meaning that Intel's ICH8R chipset supports virtually all of the main RAID modes including Striping, Mirroring, Striping and Mirroring and Just a Bunch Of Disks. An IDE port and FDD port round out the drive expansion on the Commando board.


ASUS Commando Motherboard Review Expansion slots

Expansion slots

The 965 chipset as originally designed did not support ATI's Crossfire multi-GPU solution. ATI added support for it in the drivers for their video cards, and many manufacturers have chosen to include two PCI Express x16 slots for this express purpose. When two cards are installed, one PCI Express x16 slot operates at full speed, i.e. x16 speed, the other at x4 speed.

ASUS Commando Motherboard Review SupremeFX IO

SupremeFX IO

Onboard sound is provided by the ADI SoundMax 1988B CODEC. The onboard sound comes on a riser card, allowing the user to have extra room on the rear IO for other devices. ASUS calls their onboard sound solution SupremeFX, and the sound is fully HDA compliant, meaning features like 7.1 Surround Sound, Dolby Digital Live and multiple audio streams are supported.

ASUS Commando Motherboard Review LED


ASUS Commando Motherboard Review Rear IO

Rear IO

The rear I/O on the Commando board is rather interesting as there is a LED on the rear to give the time and status of the board. If a problem occurs, the LED will indicate the likely problem (I did not have a problem, therefore it was hard to test). A Firewire port makes this board a good choice for the digital enthusiast as camera users will most likely have Firewire devices. Four USB 2.0 ports are present, giving USB users expansion room. Two RJ-45 jacks for the onboard Gigabit LAN are onboard, controlled by a Marvell 88E8801-LKJ1 PHY.