Feeds

Asus P5WD2 Premium i955X mobo

The best 955X-based board on the market?

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Rather unusually, this board has an eight-pin AUX power connector which so far has only been found on server and workstation boards. This shows where the future power requirements of the Pentium 4 processors are heading, but for now it's fine to use a standard four-pin AUX connector. Although this is a low-noise board by default, there are three spare fan connectors in addition to the one for the CPU cooler.

Asus P5WD2 Premium mobo SysMark

Asus P5WD2 Premium mobo PCMark

Overall, the P5WD2 Premium is an impressive board in terms of features, but how well does it perform? Using a 3.73GHz Pentium 4 Extreme Edition processor along with 1GB of Corsair TWIN2X1024A-5400UL memory - which Corsair claims will overclock to over 1GHz on this board - and a 6800GT graphics card the P5WD2 Premium scored no less than 240 in SYSMark 2004 which is very impressive. PCMark 2004 returned a score of 5797 and as this is the first non-Intel 955X board a quick run of 3DMark 03 and 05 at 1024 x 768 returned results of 12,499 and 5260.

Asus P5WD2 Premium mobo 3DMark 03

Asus P5WD2 Premium mobo 3DMark 05

So how far did the Corsair memory overclock to? Well, I didn't manage go reach beyond 1GHz but then again Asus only claims that the board is capable of reaching 800MHz memory speeds. After some tweaking I got the TWIN2X1024A-5400UL modules up to 920MHz which is still quite an amazing overclock. These modules didn't reach this kind of speed in our DDR2 memory group test so it goes to show that it's not only the memory, but also the motherboard that limits your overclocking.

At £217 the P5WD2 Premium is one of the most expensive motherboards I've come across. You get quite a lot for your money, but if you don't need the TV/WiFi card, a version without this will set you back £153, which is far easier to swallow. Please note that the TV/Wi-Fi edition of the P5WD2 Premium will not be available in the UK for the next couple of weeks while Asus UK waits for stock, but if you really do want a motherboard with all the bells and whistles, it's worth the wait.

Verdict

As expensive as this board might be, you do get a lot for your money and the performance results are beyond reproach. Asus has once again proven why it is the number one motherboard manufacturer in the world with another excellent product.

Review by
TrustedReviews.com

Asus P5WD2 Premium
 
Rating 90%
 
Price £217 inc. VAT
 
More info The Asus P5WD2 Premium site

Recent reviews

Sony Ericsson K750i
Sony Network Walkman NW-HD5
Adamond ZK1 2GB Flash MP3 player
Canon IXUS 700 seven megapixel digicam
Samsung E720 MP3 phone
Nvidia GeForce 7800 GTX

Whitepapers

Mainstay ROI - Does application security pay?
In this whitepaper learn how you and your enterprise might benefit from better software security.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Mobile application security study
Download this report to see the alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, as well as the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.