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ASUS P5AD2-E Premium


  • First-rate documentation, large software bundle, excellent Windows utilities


  • IDE controller facing front of case

Bottom Line

The P5AD2-E's overclocking controls aren't as precise as those on some other boards, but it's well-designed and has a fine manual.

Would you buy this?

ASUS's P5AD2-E Premium, an Intel 925XE-based board, produced scattershot performance results during our tests. Though it was a very fast Pentium 4 board in our WorldBench 5 tests, it didn't distinguish itself in the gaming tests. Go figure. Nevertheless, its features are consistently excellent for a Pentium 4 board. Along with integrated 802.11g wireless, it offers two SATA RAID controllers as well as ATA-133 RAID.

The P5AD2-E Premium has one layout quirk we aren't sure we like--an IDE connector that faces towards the front of the PC case, instead of straight up out of the board. That type of connector can allow for easier cable routing in some PC cases, but it can be hard to reach in others.

ASUS's first-rate documentation, a large software bundle, and excellent Windows utilities put the finishing touches on a very nice package.

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I have been using this board for seven years and the only trouble I have is getting help from Asus, my last problem came when I purchased a 1TB Seagate Barracuda to replace my 500GB Seagate that was getting full, I purchased Acronis True Image and cloned my 500 GB drive then replaced the clone in it's place but to my suprise it would not boot, I couldn't even get to the Bios to make changes with the 1TB installed, I had to remove and replace the 500 GB drive, after months of trying and still trying to see what the problem is I can't find an answer. From what I have read on the web I probably need an updated Bios since there is nothing in the current one that will allow the 1TB to boot. The drive is working since I can make a clone and read all the information, which appears to be an exact clone on a larger disk. The only way I can get to read the clone is by placeing it in an external drive case booting the computer then turning on the power to the external drive housing the 1TB Clone. The problem is with the bios and the silicon Image sil3112a drivers, I have read about people who were successful using "MMtools" to change the bios information and upgrading the silicon image drivers but this is not provided by Asus and I am worried about further problems this may cause. I will be soon buying a new motherboard and I will research and find out what companies provide easy access to details such as this. Asus does have support downloads and such but don't keep up with the problems, which must be very hard to do when you have such a large volume and are advancing so fast that you can't put much time or effort in motherboards that are 7 or 8 years old. I don't know where the price of $399.00 came from, I payed about $150 seven years ago.

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