X48 Motherboards from ASUS

P5E3 Premium Main Specifications

ASUS P5E3 Premium main features will be:

  • Socket: 775.
  • Chipset: Intel X48 Express.
  • Super I/O: Winbond W83627DHG
  • Parallel IDE: One ATA-133 port controlled by JMicron JMB363 chip.
  • Serial IDE: Six SATA-300 ports controlled by the south bridge chip (ICH9R), supporting RAID 0, 1, 5 and 10 plus two eSATA-300 ports controlled by JMicron JMB363 chip.
  • USB: Ten USB 2.0 ports (six soldered on the motherboard and four available through I/O brackets).
  • FireWire (IEEE 1394a): Two ports controlled by Agere L-FW3227 chip, one soldered on the motherboard and another available through an I/O bracket.
  • On-board audio: Produced by the chipset together with Analog Devices AD1988B codec (eight channels, 24-bit resolution, up to 192 kHz sampling rate for both inputs and outputs, 92 dB signal-to-noise ratio for the inputs and 101 dB signal-to-noise ratio for the outputs). Coaxial and optical SPDIF outputs.
  • On-board video: No.
  • On-board LAN: Two Gigabit Ethernet ports, one controlled by a Marvell 88E8056 chip connected to one PCI Express x1 bus and the other controlled by a Realtek RTL8110SC chip connected to the standard PCI bus. One IEEE 802.11n/g/b WiFi access point controlled by a Ralink RT2770F chip, with two omni-directional antennas.
  • Buzzer: No.
  • Power supply required: ATX12V 2.x (24-pin), EPS12V optional.
  • Slots: Three PCI Express x16 slots (working speeds not revealed yet), two PCI Express x1 slots and two standard PCI slots.
  • Memory: Four DDR-DIMM sockets up to DDR3-1800/PC3-14400.
  • Extra features: Web browsing and Skype without entering the operating system or even without a hard disk drive attached (Express Gate), passive cooling, aluminum solid capacitors, Q-Connector for the case frontal connectors, remote control (AI Remote), on-board flash drive for ReadyBoost (32 MB controlled by Phison PS2135 chip) and EPU (Energy Processing Unit).

Author: Gabriel Torres

Gabriel Torres is a Brazilian best-selling ICT expert, with 24 books published. He started his online career in 1996, when he launched Clube do Hardware, which is one of the oldest and largest websites about technology in Brazil. He created Hardware Secrets in 1999 to expand his knowledge outside his home country.

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