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This review is from: ASUS P5QL-CM LGA 775 Intel G43 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: Six SATA/300 ports.
Six USB ports on the back I/Os plus headers for six more on the motherboard (requires additional parts).
Still has limited support for older components: one IDE channel, 2 PCI slots, and headers on the board for serial+parallel (these require additional parts).
The ASUS BIOS has a built-in BIOS update program that can save your existing BIOS to, and flash the BIOS from, a USB memory stick (supports FAT format, not NTFS or Linux/BSD formats).
ICH10 provides fast I/O performance writing to the SATA drives.
Good price and of course Newegg service ROCKS.
Cons: Scary flexing sounds when installing the infamous Intel push-pin heatsink. All LGA775 boards could use some reinforcement here.
Onboard DVI port does not have the extra holes to use a DVI-I dual link cable, you'll have to use a DVI-D cable instead. Single or dual link DVI-D works, as long as it is DVI-D.
The location of the serial and parallel port headers puts in the upper-right corner of the board, is farthest away from any extra slots on the back of your case. Not a big problem for me, as I don't have a need for these ports.
Other Thoughts: This board uses the AMI BIOS, I haven't bought a new ASUS board in nearly seven years so this might be standard on all ASUS boards now.
P5QL-CM, E7400 Core 2 Duo 2.8GHz, 2 GB 800MHz DDR2 RAM, 4xWD1001FALS 1TB Caviar Black drives, Intel Pro1000/GT PCI NIC. I didn't test the compatibility of the onboard gigabit NIC with FreeBSD and already had the Intel card.
There is no troubleshooting guide in the manual to explain why the board is beeping at startup (it was my fault, had disabled on-board video while using a PCIe card, then later removed the card w/o re-enabling on-board video).
Used this board to build a FreeNAS box. Prior to setting up a software Raid5 array, I was able to write simultaneously to four SATA drives at ~100MB/sec each using "dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/adX" (block size set to 1MB, the actual command line switch is filtered) to zero the four drives. (NOTE: USE OF THE "dd" COMMAND WILL WIPE OUT ALL DATA ON YOUR DRIVE, DO NOT USE IT UNLESS YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DO
Pros: Runs everything I've thrown at it so far. Over 11000 score in 3DMark06 using stock settings on XP Pro SP3 without "tweaking" anything.
Fan is quiet when on the desktop or just surfing the web.
Hot air is blown outside the case instead of back into it with single-slot cards.
Cons: Takes up 2 slots, but you already know that before buying.
Fan is a little loud during gaming but not obnoxious.
Other Thoughts: Fits in a Dell Inspiron 530 mini-tower but you'll need longer SATA cables to the hard drive and DVD drive, the originals are short and the card forces them to be re-routed. Get cables with as small a plug height as possible so they'll clear the cooling assembly on the card. I wound up using the DVD drive cable for the HD and getting a new 24" cable for the DVD drive.
I replaced my Dell stock PSU (Lite-on 350W) with a Thermaltake TR2 RX W0134RU 550W PSU from Newegg as I didn't trust the stock PSU to handle the load.
I haven't tried overclocking . Card hits 76C during gaming in the cramped 530 case at stock speeds and I don't want to push it. Runs at about 53C at idle. Haven't tried the RT fan speed adjustments.