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ASUS K8V Deluxe Wireless Edition Motherboard Review - The Motherboard

The latest piece of hardware to go through our labs is the ASUS K8V Deluxe Wireless Edition motherboard based on VIA's popular K8T800 chipset for the AMD Athlon 64. It contains enough features to put a smile on any geeks face - maybe even enough for yours.

By: | Editorials in Motherboards | Posted: Jan 13, 2004 5:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 9.0%Manufacturer: ASUS

The Motherboard


The K8V Deluxe is almost cosmetically identical to that of its bigger brother, the SK8V. The physically apparent differences are unfortunately both drawbacks in themselves: The motherboard's ATX power connector is awkwardly positioned (refer to the image below), and the K8V's DIMM slots take a hit, thus only boasting three. But, for a motherboard boasting such an abundance of connectivity, one would be surprised when comparing this product to other similar competitors; sometimes advertising prices forty-percent higher than this particular model, whilst only noticing very slight differences in both performance and features.


Features and Specifications:


- CPU: AMD Athlon 64 (754-pin)


- Chipsets: VIA K8T800, VIA VT8237


- Memory: 3x 184-pin DIMM Sockets (3GB max) - PC3200/PC2700/PC2100 DDR


- Expansion Slots: 1x AGP 8x, 1x WiFi Slot, 4x PCI


- Storage: 2x ATA133, 2x SATA, 1x UltraDMA133, 2x Serial ATA (RAID0, RAID1)



As notable in the image above, the K8V'S fifth PCI slot is consumed by ASUS' proprietary WiFi card connector. This ASUS WiFi slot can be found on many of their latest motherboards, including their line of VIA K8T800 chipset driven products; thus, making the WiFi connector transferable to other recently-acquired ASUS branded motherboards.



From left to you right, you can find the K8V Deluxe housing the following external connectors: 2x PS/2, 1x SPDIF, 1x Parallel, 1x Serial, 1x IEEE1394, 4x USB, 1x RJ45 and 1x Audio I/O.




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