ASUS K8N-E Deluxe
- The Package
While the front of the box from ASUS is extremely plain it is actually very nice and calm. The top left corner of the box shows the main features of the motherboard like Dual RAID, 8 Channel Audio and the fact that it is using the 250GB version of the chipset instead of the standard 250 core which comes without native Gigabit networking support.
The package like the Gigabyte motherboard is quite healthy. Included is load of manuals, USB 2.0, Firewire and game port PCI brackets, four SATA cables and two SATA power converters.
- Motherboard Layout
The ASUS motherboard looks more regular when compared to some of the motherboards we see today. ASUS has decided against multi colored AGP/PCI slots, bright colored memory slots and weird colored IDE ports. It's a very simple looking motherboard with a little blue heatsink.
The Serial ATA layout is extremely similar to the other motherboards that we have here today, except it is nice to see that ASUS has chosen to add an extra two SATA ports to the K8N-E which is powered by a Silicon Image controller chip. This is great for someone who wants an extra bit of storage on their system or down the track. With a total of six Serial ATA drives you could easily have a terabyte of hard drive space. While the K8N-E isn't the most exciting motherboard to look at it, is nice to see that ASUS chose to include the extra SATA ports that other companies decided against.
The ASUS I/O plate is extremely similar to the one found on the MSI motherboard - four USB 2.0 ports, one Firewire port and a network port powered by the 250GB chipset giving native Gigabit networking. We also have our sound ports including RCA/SPIDF and our normal array of com, serial and ps2 ports as well.
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