Asus P5N-T Deluxe 780i Motherboard


Asus have aimed this AI Lifestyle board at the home lifestyle choice user but it seems they've missed out a lot of the extra features they had added into their P5E3 Deluxe board. The BIOS is extensive and features in general are fairly generous but it feels there's something missing from this package.
Performance-wise the board is a mixed bag. Whilst general computing gives some results up there with the fastest on the market, I/O performance lets it down a little and gaming/3D rendering is frankly below par.
The problem I have is that Nvidia have failed to deliver a chipset that matches up to the market. Sure there's some pretty cool gimmicks such as Tri-SLI available on the board, but this doesn't really appeal to the mid-high range user, especially as that's around £900 of graphics hardware before you even think about the board. Add to this the underwhelming gaming performance, awkward overclocking and slightly disappointing overclocking results of the chipset so far and it all leaves you feeling a little empty.
If you're after Tri-SLI, then get the feature-rich Striker II we have just reviewed. If you're after a decent mid-range motherboard there's a few boards out there that do the job very nicely and some nice DDR3 boards too. I simply can't recommend you get the P5N-T Deluxe which is a shame as I don't think it's Asus's fault. Asus are certainly hell bent on getting the best out of this board that they can and future BIOS updates may well improve the situation somewhat.
The Good
+ Decent general performance
+ Decent hardware bundle
+ Generally well laid out
+ Nice looking

The Mediocre
* Some layout niggles
* Average at best I/O performance
The Bad
- Awkward and slightly disappointing overclocking
- Less than average 3D performance
Thanks to Asus for the review sample. Discuss in our Forums.
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Most Recent Comments

15-01-2008, 19:32:40

Good review, shame about the board..

What a stupid idea to stick a IDE connector in front of the ATX connector though =/Quote

15-01-2008, 19:44:52

i was thinking that, terrible...

the chipset doesnt seem the best ever either...

Nvidia have failed every time after the Nforce 4 chipset..Quote

15-01-2008, 20:13:49

nForce 4 ftw!

Great review, although lacking board.Quote

15-01-2008, 20:15:42

Asus are writing a new BIOS after reading about the issues in this review so hopefully we can revisit it and perhaps it will show some better potential

Thanks for the comments Quote

15-01-2008, 21:29:36

Very nice review, but the board just under 680i I think, like Kempez said hope the new BIOS help.Quote

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