Core 2 support on Asus P5W mobos less than optimal
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
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.