It was almost a year ago that Intel introduced the first Core 2 Duo processors into the market, marking the beginning of the end for the very well-regarded AMD Athlon 64.
Along with the Core 2 Duo came the Intel P965 Express chipset designed for mainstream and high-end motherboards. The P965 was meant to replace the i945 chipset and we can safely say today that it has done so successfully. Hoping for such continued success, Intel announced a P965 replacement last month. The new P35 chipset features updated processor and memory support, along with a few new key features that we will be talking about in this article.
ASUS has really embraced the Intel P35 quickly, as they currently offer eight unique motherboards based on the chipset. The ASUS P5K Deluxe comes in two flavors, while the standard version we have here today supports DDR2 memory, there is also a version that exclusively supports DDR3 memory, known as the P5K3 Deluxe. Both motherboards share the exact same PCB design with slight alterations to the cooling design and of course different memory DIMMs. Today we are testing the P5K Deluxe WiFi-AP Edition, which currently has a retail value of $250, making this a high-end product.
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