Hello all, just wanted to share some information regarding this product SCAN are stocking. I was looking for a nice living room PC on an Intel based platform, and i spotted the ASUS T3-PH1 (Scan code: LN16216). Checking out the ASUS website for this product, i was amazed, so instantly it went in my cart:
- Asus T3P-5G965 BBONE SYSTEM
- 1Gb (2X512Mb) CorsairTwinX XMS2
- Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 775
- Asus DRW-1608P3S Black 16x16 DVD±RW
- 2x320GB Western Digital (Not RAID edition)
The system itself is great, easy to setup, P5B based motherboard and the BTX platform is very quiet and silent. Asus did a good job in the layout of the case too, so you can fit the CDROM and 2 HDD's in very easily. However, there is NO USER MANUAL in the box for this system, just a quick setup guide. Asus hasnt made one yet!
Booting the system up, my first shock came when i realised there is NO RAID options in the BIOS, or anywhere. The website claims there is RAID. Major dissapointment there.
Installing Windows, everything is fine, the system is fast, quiet and very stable. However, for those looking to use Optical out (TOS Link), i gotta tell you that ITS NOT WORKING. I think the reason for that is the Soundmax drivers are just really really crap. There is no option anywhere to enable or disable this! Even the analog 5.1 is not that awesome.
On another note, the FRONT CARD READER has no drivers yet either, so its just a nice decorative item for the time being, so that can't be used.
Lastly, for those wanting to hook up to an HDTV, the onboard G965 graphics card doesnt seem to support custom resolutions (i.e. 1360x768), so you are stuck with 1280x768 as max, or just buy a graphics card.
Other than these problems, which if ANYONE knows any solutions to i'd apreciate your input, this system is amazing, stylish and silent! If ASUS fixes these issues then this system will be amazing. Too bad for the RAID!
Also, well done to SCAN for stocking this so soon, however, it seems to be something like an experimental project by ASUS. I did email ASUS regarding these issues, but all they replied was to RMA it, and i dont want to RMA everything after i built it, just because of some lame drivers, but if any SCAN people know that a new revision of this comes in, queue me up for a relpacement!
No links because im not allowed to yet, sorry!