The Asus P5B-E Plus is compatible with Intel processors with the LGA 775/ Socket T socket.
It has 8 GB DDR2 maximum RAM and conforms to the ATX form factor standard.
|CPU Socket||LGA 775/ Socket T||SLI Support||1 graphics cards|
|CPU Compatible Make||Intel||Crossfire Support||1 graphics cards|
|CPU Chipset||P965||Onboard GPU||no|
|Form Factor||ATX||PCI Slots|
|Max RAM||8 GB DDR2||SATA 1.0||0|
|RAM Slots||4 x DDR2||SATA 2.0||0|
|Memory Channels||2||SATA 3.0||0|
|Compatible RAM Speeds||RAID Support||yes|
|USB 2.0 Rear||4||Internal I/O|
|Graphics Card Interface||PCIe v2.x||Back Panel I/O|
The Asus P5B-E Plus uses the Intel LGA 775/ Socket T CPU socket. Any compatible Intel CPU will have the same socket entry. It uses the aging DDR2 memory type, with maximum speeds of up to 800 MHz, and 4 DDR2 slots allowing for a maximum total of 8 GB RAM. DDR2 memory is exceptionally out of date, and considering how cheap DDR3 RAM is, using a motherboard with only DDR2 compatibility in a modern system build would be a very bad idea.
Conforming to the ATX standard, the Asus P5B-E Plus should fit into the majority of cases. ATX is the most common form factor, and as such has a high degree of compatibility with other components while providing a decent number of slots to widen your expansion options.
The Asus P5B-E Plus does not support onboard graphics. Any system build that uses this motherboard therefore requires a separate graphics card, or a processor that has a GPU on the same die, such as AMD APU processors. There are 1 PCIe x16 slots on this motherboard. This means it is perfectly capable of accommodating the latest graphics cards, although it is important to try and use a graphics card with the same graphics card interface of PCIe v2.x, as anything below will not reach the motherboard's potential, and anything above will have its performance slashed to the bandwidth maximum of the Asus P5B-E Plus's PCIe v2.x. The Asus P5B-E Plus does not support multiple graphics cards via Nvidia SLI or AMD Crossfire.
The Asus P5B-E Plus has 4 USB 2.0 slots but no USB 3.0 slots. While USB 3.0 slots are so far by no means necessary, and with a plethora of USB 2.0 peripherals to choose from, the USB functionality on this motherboard should be fine. With so few slots, however, you would have to use a USB expansion hub. As such, we would highly recommend a different motherboard, preferably with USB 3.0 functionality as well.