Joined on 05/01/01
Overall Review: The reviewer that mentioned that the cooling becomes effective when the case is closed - yeah, listen to the guy, he's right. I almost boiled this card while troubleshooting a LAN card problem with the case open. It'll generally be OK if you're not running something in 3D - like games - but as soon as you turn it up, this card will get WARM. Mine peaked at about 115 C, but as soon as the case was closed, this dropped back to a healthy 75 C (under load).
Good Board, Bad NIC
Pros: Almost everything about this board is top-notch - as usual with Asus, everything is solid. The "padded" I/O shield is a really nice touch, as is the quick-connect adapters for front-panel USB and front audio. The bios is brilliant, and ExpressGate really came in handy for troubleshooting the one issue I had with the machine...
Cons: ... the onboard LAN is an Atheros chip. Google that and you will find nothing but info about their WIRELESS products. Atheros is not known for the wired adapters. Not really sure why Asus elected to use this chip, when it appears that most of the other P5Q boards use more time-tested brands. I had no luck at all getting this adapter to function in ANY version of Windows (XP-32/64, Vista32, Server 2003 32). Asus has half a dozen versions of the driver available for download and a utility that I would probably appreciate under other circumstances, but it just would not pass traffic in the OS. ExpressGate (the onboard Linux install) booted up in 10 seconds and had me on the internet just like that, not a single problem. The adapter connected at 1000mbit and worked like a charm. Given other reviewers mention of problems in Linux, I can't explain this - but I would highly suggest getting a board with a different LAN chip.
Overall Review: The P5Q Deluxe has 2x Marvell onboard.