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Asus finally launches the P5K3 Premium
2GB of overclockable memory onboard
It's taken quite some time for Asus to bring this one out, but the P5K3 Premium and the WiFi-AP version of it, are finally out. We wouldn't make a big deal of it, if it wasn't for the fact that this is the first and most likely only P35 board you can buy with 2GB of soldered on Qimonda DDR3 memory.
It's a novel idea, but the question is if it really will sell. Asus claims that the memory is guarnateed to overclock to at least 1,500MHz and at the same time Asus has created something it calls a Perfect T-Tree design, which should reduce the clock cycle timing by 50 percent.
How much of an impact this really has on real world performance, but I guess no-one is going to complain about a performance increase, no matter how it's done. But the board has no memory slots, so you're stuck at 2GB with no option to upgrade your memory.
However, there's a major hurdle for this board and although we only found a few retailers listing as yet and only in the UK, the current retail price seems a tad over the top at £586.31 (€868.66), while you can get the Asus P5K3 Deluxe WiFi with 2GB of DDR3 1,333MHz memory that should overclock to 1,666MHz, for £493.50 (€731). Is it really worth paying that much extra to have the memory chips soldered onto your board?
You can find the product page here and the board for sale here