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.
+ Decent general performance
+ Decent hardware bundle
+ Generally well laid out
+ Nice looking
* Some layout niggles
* Average at best I/O performance
- Awkward and slightly disappointing overclocking
- Less than average 3D performance
Thanks to Asus
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