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ASUS P5K Pro Intel P35 Motherboard Review -


Product: ASUS P5K Pro Intel P35 Motherboard
Date: April 4, 2008
Author: Frank Stroupe
Edited By: Bob Buskirk
Provided By: ASUS
Pages: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
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Test Rig:
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 processor
Buffalo Firestix PC2-8000 2 gig kit
Apollo Radeon HD 3850 512mb
Cooler Master Real Power Pro 1250 watt PSU
Rosewill RCX-Z775-EX CPU Cooler
Seagate Barracuda 250gig SATA hard drive
Thermaltake M9 mid tower
Windows Vista Ultimate 32-bit

Installation of the P5K Pro is straightforward. I'll have to say that is it pretty strange to have only six screws, but it caused no problems, actually things were a little more simple due to the normally tight fit between the edge of the motherboard and the hard drive.

I installed the power supply, DVD drive, and hard drive first, installed the CPU and CPU cooler on the board, and installed the I/O shield. Then I placed the mobo in the case and put in the six screws. Next, I wired things up. It's been a long time since I had a 24-pin connector in the center of the motherboard, but it really isn't that big of a deal.

Finally I installed the video cards. Notice two cards, later I removed the second one, the latest Catalyst drivers just aren't quite ready yet, and the rig ran better with just one card. Also you might notice the OCZ ReaperX, I later removed the 4 gig kit and replaced it with a 2 gig kit of Buffalo Firestix. After doing a clean install of 32-bit Vista Ultimate, I realized that Vista really didn't care for four gigs of memory.

That's it. Vista installed the latest motherboard drivers, the only thing I needed from the driver disk was PC Probe II, Asus' system monitoring utility, and Asus Update, Asus' utility for flashing the BIOS through Windows. I also downloaded the latest BIOS, 0904, and flashed the BIOS with it.

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