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Old July 13, 2007, 01:53 AM
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Default ASUS P5KC. Any information?

I can't seem to find much info on this board on the net. I've received a lot of recommendations to go for the P5K Deluxe over the evga 680i. Then I decided I didn't need either, frankly it's too much machine for me right now! So has anyone used one of these? If I can't find any info then I think I'll just go with the Gigabyte P35 board.
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Old July 13, 2007, 02:29 PM
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as far as I know its a asus p5k that has 2 extra spaces for DIMMs that can handle DDR3 1333/1066/800
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Old July 14, 2007, 10:49 PM
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yeah that board give you ddr3 or ddr2. where as the p5k is ddr2 and the p5k3 is ddr3 ram.
Based on the same p35 chipset which is a good chipset. the p5k is supposed to be a very stable board so one can only assume that the p5kc is as well.
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Old July 17, 2007, 10:05 AM
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Default P5KC - just got one

Hi there,

I just built a system with the P5KC, and I'm really happy so far. I'm running a C2D E4300, which is an overclocker's dream. It's rock solid at 2.7GHz with stock cooling (a 50% overclock!). With a better cooler, 3GHz+ should be easily attainable. Eventually, I plan to move the 8600GT to my HTPC. I'm having a little trouble with the 1394 (an old iPod), but I think that's an iTunes issue, not the motherboard.

Here's the rig:

Asus P5KC
Intel Core2 Duo E4300
2GB OCZ Platinum XTC Rev.2 PC6400 RAM
WD SE16 500G HD
Gigabyte GeForce 8600GT gfx
Antec P182
Seasonic S12-430HB PS

With the PS, passively-cooled gfx and 3 12cm case fans, it's whisper quiet (my wife keeps thinking it's powered off..)

Blanco
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Old July 17, 2007, 12:53 PM
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Hi there,

I just built a system with the P5KC, and I'm really happy so far. I'm running a C2D E4300, which is an overclocker's dream. It's rock solid at 2.7GHz with stock cooling (a 50% overclock!). With a better cooler, 3GHz+ should be easily attainable. Eventually, I plan to move the 8600GT to my HTPC. I'm having a little trouble with the 1394 (an old iPod), but I think that's an iTunes issue, not the motherboard.

Here's the rig:

Asus P5KC
Intel Core2 Duo E4300
2GB OCZ Platinum XTC Rev.2 PC6400 RAM
WD SE16 500G HD
Gigabyte GeForce 8600GT gfx
Antec P182
Seasonic S12-430HB PS

With the PS, passively-cooled gfx and 3 12cm case fans, it's whisper quiet (my wife keeps thinking it's powered off..)

Blanco
Thanks for the info. That's the kind of stuff we need around here so that folks can make good choices on their kit.

What issues are you having with firewire? I have to admit... I was surprised to see that in your post, outside of folks with older digital video gear I didn't think anybody was actually using it anymore..... :)

The reason I ask is that I had issues with a firewire external HD enclosure and if your issues are similar I might be able to dig up the links to the stuff I found.
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Old July 17, 2007, 01:58 PM
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Default p5kc - 1394 and SATA

Yeah, it's my (embarassingly old) 2nd gen iPod. For some reason, it just won't sync with iTunes. It might be because it mounts as drive C:, and iTunes doesn't want to sync to what is usually the system drive. Just a guess, though.

The only potential issue with the motherboard I forgot to mention is that the SATA connectors are in line with one of the PCIeX16 slots, so if you have a full-length graphics card, it might be a bit of a pain to route the SATA cables. Not a problem in my setup, though.
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Yeah, it's my (embarassingly old) 2nd gen iPod. For some reason, it just won't sync with iTunes. It might be because it mounts as drive C:, and iTunes doesn't want to sync to what is usually the system drive. Just a guess, though.

The only potential issue with the motherboard I forgot to mention is that the SATA connectors are in line with one of the PCIeX16 slots, so if you have a full-length graphics card, it might be a bit of a pain to route the SATA cables. Not a problem in my setup, though.
Oh, Ok. Not the same thing at all then.

My issues were related to first gen Firewire chipsets and their inability to transfer large files. (T'was a major PITA.... :) ).
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Old July 17, 2007, 10:21 PM
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Thanks so much for the response! Finally someone who actually uses this board. This is looking good. I have the Antec P180 and that is the exact ram I ordered just 2 days ago. I'm going for the Scythe Mine for the cooler I believe, it had great reviews and the fact that it snaps in like the stock cooler is great.
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Glad to be of some help.

(BTW, my Firewire woes turned out to be an iTunes issue after all. I reinstalled Windows on drive C: and everything is fine.)
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Oh, one last thing: although this board claims to do SATA RAID, it's not supported by the southbridge, it's done by a JMicron controller, and one of the connections is eSATA. So if you wanted to use it, you'd have to stripe across an internal and external SATA drive, which is pretty useless.
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