ASUS P5E3 Deluxe WiFi-AP @n motherboard review
Considering the fast-moving pace of consumer PC hardware, especially in the high-end enthusiast sector, it's really quite amazing that Intel's 975X chipset has lasted so long as the flagship for the company's own motherboard platform. Of course, it was clear that this was going to change as 'Bearlake' codenamed motherboards began to fill the halls at trade shows, and not too long later the mainstream P35 offering was born - And pretty impressive it was too, offering a decent enough feature-set coupled with Intel's almost legendary chipset stability. Indeed, its only sticking point was the use of ultra-expensive DDR3 memory, but this too was remedied by most manufacturers offering a DDR2 variant of their parts.
However, for those of you who have been holding out on refreshing your system until Intel's high-end chipset was available, your wait is almost over, with motherboards featuring the X38 chipset on the very brink of release. The big question is, of course - Was it worth the wait? Hopefully, we can go some way to asking that question today, courtesy of a rather cordon bleu dish from ASUS - Their feature packed P5E3 Deluxe WiFi-AP @n motherboard, featuring on-board 802.11 wireless LAN functionality, amongst other things.