Asus gets on the Core 2 bandwagon early
Eager to get a head start in the soon-to-be Core 2 Duo motherboard
market, Asus has announced a new P5W
DH Deluxe motherboard with support for the upcoming Intel chips.
Built around Intel's 975X chipset and ICH7R south bridge, the board
sports two PCI Express graphics slots capable of running
an ATI CrossFire dual-GPU setup. Asus has also tossed in some extra
goodies to keep early adopters happy, including a remote with multimedia
controls for movies and music along with on/off and standby buttons.
The P5W DH Deluxe also features a loop-through "MP3-In" audio
connector. Asus says this connector will allow users to play music from
portable MP3 players via the computer's speakers even when the machine
is turned off. Finally, the board delivers an 8-phase power system in
addition to passive chipset cooling. No pricing has
been announced, but considering the cost of Asus' existing
975X-based motherboard, something above $200 wouldn't be
surprising. Thanks to The
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