ASUS P5LD2 R2.0 Motherboard Review

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ASUS P5LD2 R2.0 Motherboard Review

The ASUS P5LD2 R2.0 is one of the numerous ASUS motherboards I have owned over the years.

Of those I have owned I have never had a hardware failure. This is a testament to the engineering and materials that A.S.U.S. incorporates into their products. The only reason I have had so many different mother boards is that each mother board is specific to a certain processor.

That is to say the original 486 A.S.U.S.  motherboard would not accommodate a Pentium processor, nor would the Pentium motherboard accommodate a PIII processor, and so on. I currently have a ASUS P5LD2 R2.0 motherboard. I have upgraded processor four times on this motherboard.

My P4B motherboard is at the end of it's upgrade path, I have the fastest P4 478 socket processor installed, need a new motherboard. What I find with the  motherboards is that they have foresight when they engineer their products. I am currently considering an upgrade, this is a review of one of my choices.

This is one of the best boards I have found, the board presents two problems for me, I have a very fine AGP video card. If I upgrade to this motherboard I will have to purchase yet another Video card.

The memory provisions are for DDR2 and there are only two slots, therefore I have to buy the memory now that I want to install instead of using my available memory then later on adding more memory. So I will have to add another $200+ for the two gig of memory I want the system to have. 

The board does support PCI-Express 16, so I can buy a video card with 512 meg of ram for around $150, more expense but with a high quality card and lots of ram I will not have to upgrade the video for a long time. The board has features that most other boards of the same class doesn't, such as the FSB starts at 533 and goes to 1066, this means that any new processor that Intel produces in the LGA775 package will work with the board. The Hype-Threading and core speeds past 3.8Ghz is a plus and you will save if you decide to upgrade the processor in the future. So if I run down the cost of my upgrade for this motherboard I will have to buy:

Processor:           $129
Memory:              $252
Video:                  $143
Mother board:       $114

Total;                   $638

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Not bad, for less than $700 I will have a system with a processor, memory, and video that will not require upgrades for at least three years and will run all the latest and greatest Operating System, games, and applications with out any problems. If in say a year from now I want to go to a processor that runs above 3 gig the motherboard will accept it, this path is cheaper than buying a new system by $300 and it is upgradeable.

ASUS P5LD2 R2.0 Motherboard specifications:

CPU:
Socket 775 support Intel Pentium D/ Pentium 4/ Celeron processor;
Intel EM64T/ EIST/ Hyper-Threading Technology (Core 2 Duo only);
Support Intel next generation 04B/04A & 05B/05A CPU;
FSB 1066/800/533 MHz

Chipset:
Intel 945P & ICH7R

Memory:
2x 240pin DDR2-667/533/400 DIMMs, Dual Channel, non-ECC/un-buffered, Max capacity 4GB
Slots:
1x PCI Express x16 slot;
3x PCI Express x1 slots;
3x PCI slots

IDE/SATA:
2x ATA-133 channel (ITE 8211F);
1x ATA-100 channel, 4x SATA2 ports support RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 (Intel ICH7R)

Audio:
Realtek ALC882 8-channel High-Definition Audio CODEC

LAN:
Marvell 88E8053 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Controller

Ports:
8x USB 2.0 ports (4 rear, 4 by headers);
2x PS/2 ports;
1x Serial port;
1x Parallel port;
1x S/PDIF Out (Coaxial+Optical);

1x RJ45 LAN port;

Audio I/O jack

Form Factor: ATX, 12 x 9 inch / 30.5 x 23 cm

RoHS Compliant

Support offerings:

Online support for manuals, bois upgrades,  and  device drivers. Three year warranty for most ASUS products.

Because ASUS does do an exchange or repair of your mother board I would give their support a 9 out of 10.

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02/14/14 I have upgraded the processor from a Pentium 4D to a Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz and not overclocked, soon it will get Windows 7 and 2 GB more RAM.

07/21/14 Upgraded the computer with a new SATA 300 GB drive, tried to use a Core 2 Quad 2.4 GHz processor but the motherboard would not power up, used a Core 2 Duo 2.8 GHz instead for the upgrade, runs a lot faster with two DDR2 2 GB RAM modules. With Windows XP and Windows 7 dual boot capability the computer is good for another five years.

02/09/20 This motherboard has been in service for over 5 years, I originally bought the parts and built a computer for my book "Build a Custom PC", when my Wife's commercial computer failed I gave it to her with a dual boot setup, XP as the main boot and Windows 7 for her because she uses Quicken for our personal finances, email, ect. I am considering upgrading her computer to Windows 10, however where she works the owner decided to upgrade to Windows 10 due to Microsoft discontinuing support for Windows 7 and Win 10 has given her nothing but problems with the programs she uses daily.



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