ASUS Motherboard

The primary circuit board inside a computer is called the motherboard. Peripheral devices are connected to it, like the central processing unit (CPU), drives, and memory and expansions slots. The core circuitry to the motherboard is called the chipset. There are different chipset manufactures and you can get an ASUS motherboard with at chipset that has been made from any one of the companies that make motherboard chipsets.

Intel dominated the high end market for motherboards with their 925 chipset until it refreshed their motherboard chipsets with the 955 and then 975X and 945 chipsets. Then, in 2006, ASUS introduced their 975X motherboard that is also referred to the P5WD2-E Premium.

ASUS is a Taiwanese company that produces motherboards and other computer related devices, such as graphics cards, optical driver, PDAs and many other products. Certain statistical records show that by 2007, one in every three desktop PCs sold in the United States had an ASUS motherboard in it. ASUS was listed as the leading company in the IT Hardware category for 2008 in the Wall Street Journal Asia.

All of the chips in the ASUS motherboard enable all the other components in you computer to talk to each other. If you want to upgrade to a faster PC, replace your CPU chip on your ASUS motherboard, or any other motherboard for that matter. Then add more memory to it. You can also replace the motherboard with one that is compatible with the CPU that you already have. Replace it with the one you want to buy if you are building your own system. They have ASUS motherboard combos for upgrading your system. Purchasing a combo will cost a lot less than buying them separately. If you are in the process of upgrading, get the right kind of memory and the right size that will be supported by the motherboard. Keep in mind that your motherboard will limit what upgrades you can make to your system. It may be wise to upgrade your ASUS motherboard first. Especially if you want to install a dual channel memory or a PCI Express.

If you buy the Premium P5WD2-E Premium ASUS motherboard, it will have four DIMM (Dual In-line Memory Module) slots. The motherboard will support up to 8GB of non-ECC DDR2 memory which is what Windows 64-bitg or Linux requires. The ASUS motherboard has 2 PCI Express x16 slots for device expansion.

The ASUS mother board includes a Marvell 88SE6141 SATA/ATA controller for four SATA ports and for the external SATA port. Intel’s ICH7R South Bridge controls four other SATA ports on the board. The ASUS motherboard has special features on the P5WD2-E Premium motherboard. The system is kept quiet because the CPU speed is regulated as well as the fan speed and temperature.

If you install two cards, the ASUS P5WD2-E Premium motherboard sets the PCI Express x16 slots to operate in x8 mode. Stack Cool 2 has no fan but it can transfer heat to either side of the motherboard. If you are an avid gamer, the bandwidth will be very important as far as graphic cards go. You will find that the bandwidth on the ASUS motherboard can handle all of your games with no problems at all.

If you are a new ASUS motherboard user, you will find that the more you get in the hardware bundle will directly equate to the value that the motherboard. You can find bundle deals on line at various computer and tech websites and you may even find one at a deep discount. Be sure to do your research on the ASUS motherboard before you buy.

This ASUS Motherboard Review is Written/Updated on Jul 13th, 2009 and filed under Computer Hardware. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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