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Asus P5Q-EM Intel G45 Express Motherboard Review

Asus P5Q-EM Intel G45 Express Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: To complement the High Definition decoding of the G45 Express, the P5Q-EM offers up HDMI, DVI and VGA video outputs, allowing you to output HD video right to a home theatre display without any additional expense.
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External Mfg. Website: ASUS Jan 27 2009   Julian Apong  
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Intel X4500HD Graphics - Smooth HD Playback?

The Asus P5Q-EM motherboard is an impressive piece of work for cost-concious applications that require smooth HD playback. The Intel GMA X4500HD integrated graphics processor is a clear improvement over Intel's previous generation IGP, but it is still very much and IGP with limited use. Standard desktop applications running on the G45 Express IGP - check. High Definition 1080P Blu-Ray playback over the Intel X4500HD - check. Playable framerates from current 3D DirectX10 games over the G45 Express - nope. The G45 is technically DX10 compliant, and you may be able to play games at lower resolutions, but save yourself the pain and spring for a good economical PCI Express x16 video card from nVidia or ATI.

AMD engineered its 790GX IGP with onboard memory to be more capable in the gaming realm. Intel is taking a different approach, focusing exclusively on good solid High Definition content playback over DVI/HDMI outputs. In that respect the Asus P5Q-EM meets all requirements. Intel's GMA X4500HD is more than capable of HD video playback because Intel engineered H.264, VC-1 and MPEG-2 hardware decoding into the G45 Express chipset so these tasks are offloaded from the processor.

Azalia HD codec for 8.1 channel stereo output can output over the HDMI jack or via the optical S/PDIF, which is a nice touch for those of you putting together a killer home theatre system on the cheap.

Overclocking was not a particular strong suit for the Asus P5Q-EM motherboard, and frankly PCSTATS was expecting better from the G45 Express chipset. Raising the front side bus from 333MHz to 400MHz wasn't a problem, but moving past 430MHz proved impossible. As always though, overclocking will depend on your exact motherboard, so PCSTATS overclocking findings may not be indicative of the performance you get at home.

So how does this all stack up as a value? Well the Asus P5Q-EM motherboard retails for around $180 CDN ($150 USD, £99 GBP).There aren't many other microATX motherboards out there that support these kinds of features, indeed a lot of ATX motherboards can't compete with the Asus P5Q-EM's feature set.

Home theatre PC aficionados or those simply looking for a tiny motherboard with a giant-sized feature list would do well to keep an eye on the Asus P5Q-EM motherboard. It offers many features that home theatre system builders and even general office PC workstations will appreciate, while being versatile enough to justify the premium price.

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Contents of Article: ASUS P5Q-EM
 Pg 1.  Asus P5Q-EM Intel G45 Express Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Intel G45 Express Chipset
 Pg 3.  High Definition Video Playback
 Pg 4.  Total System Power Draw Comparisons
 Pg 5.  Asus P5Q-EM Motherboard Highlights
 Pg 6.  Overclocking Test Report, Test System Specs
 Pg 7.  Motherboard Benchmarks: SYSmark 2007 Preview
 Pg 8.  Motherboard Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra 2008 - Processor
 Pg 9.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Sandra - Memory
 Pg 10.  Motherboard Benchmarks: PCMark Vantage
 Pg 11.  Motherboard IGP Benchmarks: 3DMark06
 Pg 12.  Motherboard IGP Benchmarks: 3DMark Vantage, FEAR
 Pg 13.  DX10 Motherboard IGP Benchmarks: Call of Juarez, Crysis
 Pg 14.  — Intel X4500HD Graphics - Smooth HD Playback?

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