The onboard NIC seems to work fine for me, although admittedly I haven't tried one of my good 3Com NICs to see if there's a difference.
Hmm...maybe Atheros drivers for Vista64 are not up to par yet then. Ah well, perhaps I will revisit the issue sometime.I've had no NIC issues with the Pro.
is the latest bios the best for the p5q pro?
I've got the P5Q Pro and had poor network performance until I updated to the 220.127.116.11 drivers from Asus' website. They're marked as beta, but I noticed a huge increase in performance just in Firefox. I need to try out some torrents to see if they've improved.Hmm...maybe Atheros drivers for Vista64 are not up to par yet then. Ah well, perhaps I will revisit the issue sometime.
Keep all your drivers updated, but leave the BIOS alone unless there's a specific problem you're having and an update fixes it.So is it worth updating the drivers or BIOS etc?. I'm happy with what I've got with the P5Q Pro but I really noticed the difference with my GPU, it's lots faster than when I got it with successive driver updates.
Is it the same with motherboards or do we just leave them be if they're doing the job?
Not really. The 16-phase regulation hasn't been shown to offer any particularly meaningful increase in overclocking potential.I noticed the P5Q-Deluxe offers 16-phase power vs the 8-phase. Is it worth it to purchase the Deluxe over the other varients? Like the P5Q-Pro?
Lower your Performance Level (tRD) to the lowest you can. Probably 5-7 at your clocks. My P5Q-E sets the PL kind of high on auto.Running stable so far and gonna run prime overnight. Is there anything I should do to make this run any better?
Full load on prime 95, temp gets to 38-39c.
I have the P5Q Deluxe and I am having trouble getting any sound output from the onboard sound?
Is there something special I need to do to get it to work? I have installed the driver from the CD twice and I have downloaded the latest driver from ASUS's website to no avail.
I am using WinXP Pro SP2.
I've been using the Drive Xpert without issue. It's just a Marvell chip. The only reason I used it was because my Windows installation was set as IDE mode, and I couldn't change it to AHCI/RAID without a reinstall (repair install is what I ended up doing). So I put my 2x1TB Raid 1 drives on the Drive Xpert.In my experience the Drive Xpert stuff can be flaky. I'd stick to the ICH10R until you use all 6 of those ports.
IIRC, the drive Xpert did it. I just dropped in two new drives and it picked it up by itself after I told it I wanted "backup" mode, formatted the drives and set them up for backup. It was very easy. You just have to know that Performance mode is RAID 0 and Backup is RAID 1. Simple enough.i installed the two new hard drives for Drive Xpert Ezbackup feature but do I need to format the drive first after initializing it in order to use it or does the Drive Xpert software do that?