Boasting a bargain-deal WiFi bundle, extremely competitive performance and an insane amount of features, ASUS's K8V has grabbed the spot of the TweakTown Canadian Lab's favourite Athlon 64 motherboard. Here throughout the last few days, we've seen near on-par performance with that of our Athlon FX-51 machine and to top it off ASUS has complimented its motherboard with the capability of dual Serial ATA RAID (aside from the available dual-chain IDE RAID).
The new implemented ASUS POST-Reporter software allows one to actually hear (through pre-programmed voices) the errors being produced by their system during boot-up. The best part is the included ability to edit the POST voice (you can even override with your own). To conclude their impressive bundle, ASUS has finalized it all with the ability to dynamically cool your entire system, from CPU to case, with the included drivers and BIOS features.
Basically, we're impressed. Overclocking features were as abundant as any enthusiast will need, and the rest of the BIOS sported enough features to keep the tweaker inside all of us content. Although, we had to part with a fourth memory module and we subsequently weren't able to run two pairs of 512MB Corsair TwinX3200LLPT as we had originally planned. However, the loss of a DIMM slot and conflicting ATX power connector placement were not strong enough setbacks to hold this product from a very solid rating.
If you're in the market for a new processor, and are looking to go 64-bit and plan for the future, we highly recommend picking up ASUS's K8V Deluxe Wireless Edition; save yourself the cost of a router and competitive overpriced motherboards offering lesser or similar performance.
An abundance of overclocking features
Variety of stability-control and onboard protection utilities
WiFi package offers cost-effective wireless access
Impressive performance, even under stressed environments
Ton of included information and troubleshooting help
Poor placement of ATX power connector
Only 3 DIMM slots
Rating - 9 out of 10 and TweakTown's "MUST HAVE" Features Award
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