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ASUS A8N32-SLI Deluxe Motherboard - Full Speed SLI *Exclusive* - Specifications

When nVidia first launched their dual graphics platform, it initially come under some scrutiny for only offering two 8x PCI-E ports. Many months later nVidia announced their nForce 4 SLI X16 chipset which offers two full speed PCI-E slots, each with 16 lanes. Today we've got a very exclusive look at the ASUS A8N32-SLI Deluxe motherboard. We closely examine the performance of the two different PCI Express port lane configurations to determine if it's actually worth upgrading to the new chipset or not!

| NVIDIA Chipset in Motherboards | Posted: Sep 27, 2005 4:00 am

Specifications of the ASUS A8N32-SLI Deluxe

 

Before we begin let's take a quick look at the specifications of the motherboard...

 

CPU

 

Socket 939 for AMD Athlon™ 64 FX / Athlon 64 X2 / Athlon 64 / Sempron™ processor

 

AMD Cool 'n' Quiet™ Technology

 

* Refer to http://www.asus.com for AMD CPU support list

 

Chipset

 

NVIDIA nForce™4 SLI X16 (NVIDIA nForce SPP 100 / NVIDIA nForce4 SLI)

 

Front Side Bus

 

2000 / 1600 MT/s

 

Memory

 

Dual channel memory architecture

 

4 x DIMM, max. 4GB, DDR 400 / 333 / 266, ECC, non-ECC, un-buffered memory

 

* Refer to http://www.asus.com or user manual for "Memory QVL (Qualify Vendor List)

 

Expansion Slots

 

2 x PCI-E x16 with SLI™ support at full x16, x16 mode

 

1 x PCI-E x4 (Support PCI-E x4 or PCI-E x1 card)

 

3 x PCI 2.2

 

SLI

 

Support two identical SLI-ready graphics cards (both x16 mode)

 

ASUS EZ Plug

 

ASUS two-slot thermal design

 

ASUS Soft SLI Bridge

 

ASUS PEG Link for dual PCI Express graphics cards

 

Storage/RAID

 

NVIDIA nForce4 SLI X16 Southbridge supports

 

- 2 x Ultra DMA 133 / 100 / 66 / 33

 

- 4 x Serial ATA 3 Gb/s

 

- NV RAID: RAID 0, 1, 0+1, 5 and JBOD on Serial ATA drives

 

Silicon Image 3132 SATA controller supports

 

- 1 x Internal Serial ATA 3 Gb/s hard disk

 

- 1 x External Serial ATA hard disk (SATA On-the-Go)

 

- Support RAID 0, 1

 

LAN

 

Dual Gigabit LAN

 

Marvell 88E8053 PCI-E Gigabit LAN controller

 

NVIDIA nForce4 SLI X16 Southbridge built-in Gigabit MAC with external Marvell 88E1111 PHY supports:

 

- NV Firewall

 

- NV RIS (Remote Installation Service)

 

- NV ActiveArmor

 

- AI NET

 

Audio

 

Realtek ALC850 8-channel CODEC

 

Universal Audio Jack

 

Audio Sensing and Enumeration Technology

 

Coaxial / Optical S/PDIF out ports on back I/O

 

IEEE 1394

 

TI 1394a controller supports:

 

- 2 x IEEE 1394a connectors at midboard

 

USB

 

10 x USB 2.0/1.1

 

ASUS AI Life Features

 

Stack Cool 2

 

SATA on the Go (External SATA on back I/O port)

 

Overclocking Features

 

Intelligent overclocking tools:

 

- AI NOS™ (Non-delay Overclocking System)

 

- AI Overclocking (intelligent CPU frequency tuner)

 

- ASUS PEG Link - Automatically performance tuning for single/dual graphics cards

 

Precision Tweaker:

 

- vDIMM: 8-step DRAM voltage control

 

- vCore: Adjustable CPU voltage at 0.0125V increment SFS (Stepless Frequency Selection)

 

- FSB tuning from 200MHz up to 400MHz at 1MHz increment

 

- Memory tuning from 400MHz up to 800MHz

 

- PCI Express frequency tuning from 100MHz up to 200MHz at 1MHz increment

 

Overclocking Protection:

 

- ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)

 

Special Features

 

ASUS 8-Phase Power Design

 

ASUS Fanless Design

 

ASUS AI Overclocking (intelligent CPU frequency tuner)

 

ASUS AI NET2

 

ASUS C.P.R. (CPU Parameter Recall)

 

ASUS MyLogo2

 

ASUS Q-Fan2

 

Back Panel I/O Ports

 

1 x PS/2 Keyboard

 

1 x PS/2 Mouse

 

1 x Parallel

 

1 x S/PDIF Out (Coaxial + Optical)

 

1 x External SATA

 

2 x RJ45

 

4 x USB 2.0/1.1

 

1 x Wireless LAN antenna jack

 

1 x Wireless LAN activity LED

 

8-Channel Audio I/O

 

Internal I/O Connectors

 

6 x USB 2.0/1.1

 

1 x Floppy disk drive connector

 

2 x IDE connector

 

5 x SATA connectors

 

1 x CPU / 2 x Chassis / 2 x Chipset / 1 x Power Fan connectors

 

1 x GAME / MIDI connector

 

2 x IEEE1394a connector

 

1 x COM connector

 

Front panel audio connector

 

Chassis Intrusion connector

 

CD / AUX audio in

 

24-pin ATX Power connector

 

4-pin ATX 12V Power connector

 

4-pin EZ Plug power connector

 

BIOS

 

8 Mb Flash ROM, AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI2.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.3, Multi-language BIOS, ASUS EZ Flash, ASUS CrashFree BIOS2

 

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