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ASUS P5E3 Premium/Wifi-AP.N Intel X48 Express Motherboard Review

ASUS P5E3 Premium/Wifi-AP.N Intel X48 Express Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: For starters, the ASUS P5E3 Premium has a class-N wireless network card integrated into the motherboard's design that pulls double duty as a Wireless access point, in addition to a pair of wired gigabit LAN ports.
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External Mfg. Website: Asus Feb 05 2009   Julian Apong  
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ASUS Express Gate - 5sec Internet Access

ASUS Express Gate is a fast loading, miniature operating system that's accessible as a prompt option after the system is booted. This system is controlled by a small Express Gate card that is integrated onto the PCB of the P5E3 Premium between a PCI Express x16 and PCI slot.

This little chip is actually a self-contained system, so it doesn't require an OS to be installed, or even a hard drive to be connected to the system in order to function.

Booting into ASUS Express Gate only takes a few seconds. This particular system only has two applications: Skype and Web. Skype functions exactly as it does on any other computer, and as long as a mic and speakers are installed and the computer has a network connection it's possible to make calls from your computer to other computers or land lines.

Web is a slightly modified version of the Firefox browser. Since the Express Gate desktop environment doesn't provide access to hard drives or storage, some of the browser functionality like saving files, installing extensions or modifying preferences beyond the saving of cookies and passwords won't work.

Fortunately Adobe Flash and Javascript already work in the browser, so most web sites and web applications will still function properly.

While it's certainly neat to be able to watch Youtube movies and do your taxes on Google Spreadsheets inside a browser that's being run off the Express Gate chip, it really does seem like more of a novelty than an actual utility.

As it is, Express Gate will come in handy if you simply can't wait the two minutes it takes for Windows to load and want to browse some websites right away, or in the event that a bootable partition is lost and it's necessary to check webmail or look up troubleshooting advice.

This application could have been an incredibly useful tool if it had the ability to diagnose hardware problems on its own and access or modify files without the need to boot into the OS. Even being able to load files onto or off of a USB key would have greatly expanded this feature into actual usefulness.

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Contents of Article: Asus P5E3 Premium/Wifi-AP.N
 Pg 1.  ASUS P5E3 Premium/Wifi-AP.N Intel X48 Express Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  ASUS WIFI-AP @N and Express Gate
 Pg 3.  — ASUS Express Gate - 5sec Internet Access
 Pg 4.  Intel X48 Chipset and Total System Power Draw Comparisons
 Pg 5.  ASUS P5E3 Premium/Wifi-AP.N Motherboard Highlights
 Pg 6.  Overclocking the P5E3 Premium
 Pg 7.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Sysmark 2007
 Pg 8.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Sandra XII 2008 Processor
 Pg 9.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Sandra XII 2008 Memory
 Pg 10.  Motherboard Benchmarks: PCMark Vantage
 Pg 11.  Motherboard Benchmarks: 3DMark Vantage, 3DMark06, FEAR
 Pg 12.  Too Much of a Good thing?

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