Asus readies Intel P965 motherboards

— 1:09 PM on July 10, 2006

Intel isn't expected to take the wraps off its desktop Core 2 Duo processors until the latter part of this month, but Asus is already gearing up to release its first motherboards based on Intel's new P965 Express core logic aimed at the upcoming chips. Dubbed P5B and P5B Deluxe WiFi-AP, the Asus boards both sport LGA775 sockets, support for 533 MHz, 800 MHz, or 1,066 MHz front-side bus speeds, and four DIMM slots capable of handling a whopping 8 GB of 800 MHz DDR2 memory.

The P5B Deluxe WiFi-AP is the fancier model; it features built-in 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, two PCI Express graphics slots (one has only has four PCI-E lanes), and eight 300 MB/s Serial ATA ports, including one external eSATA port. The vanilla P5B trades the Deluxe model's extra PCI-E x16 slot for two x1 slots. It also loses two Serial ATA ports and lacks onboard Wi-Fi.

The Register says both boards should ship "later this month." Asus doesn't seem to have announced prices just yet, though.

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