Core 2 support on Asus P5W mobos less than optimal

— 1:17 PM on August 7, 2006

Asus put out a press release on July 27 boasting about support for Intel's Core 2 chips in its 975X-powered P5WDG2-WS Pro and P5W DH Deluxe motherboards, but reality seems to be much less rosy. According to Asus' CPU support list, the P5W DH Deluxe only supports Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Extreme processors since revisions 801 and 901 of its BIOS, respectively. However, a number of users on the XtremeSystems forums who ordered P5W DH Deluxe motherboards late last month say they received motherboards with older BIOS revisions incapable of booting with a Core 2 processor installed.

Short of returning the board, users without a spare LGA775 processor with which to flash their BIOS have had to pay Asus between $5 and $20 to get an up-to-date BIOS chip. The Inquirer got in touch with Asus about the problem, but received a "less than satisfactory response." Apparently, Asus is not acknowledging the issue. P5W motherboards with older BIOS revisions should clear out from store shelves eventually, but the prospect of having to pay $5-20 to take advantage of an advertised feature on a $250 motherboard is a little unsettling.

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