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ASUS K8N-DL Opteron Server Motherboard - Final Thoughts

Today we're taking a look at the ASUS K8N-DL. It's a server motherboard which supports two Dual Core Opteron processors.

| Editorials in Motherboards | Posted: Dec 18, 2005 5:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 8.5%Manufacturer: ASUS

Final Thoughts

 

It is no doubt that Opteron based systems are extremely powerful and in many cases even more powerful than the Dual Core versions, due to each CPU having its own memory controller, core to core HT links and the ability to add a second Northbridge to the second CPU to increase the systems overall expandability, and the ASUS K8N-DL is a definite candidate to put the Opteron in the high end workstation or power desktop range.

 

ASUS K8N-DL Motherboard

The ASUS K8N-DL may not have as many overclocking options as the desktop boards, and may not include as many expansion slots; however, this is the trade off for having a second CPU on the board. One great addition to this boards credit is the ability to run Dual Core Opterons, giving the ability to have a setup like the Intel Xeon's - two physical CPU's and two virtual cores.

 

Overall the ASUS K8N-DL is great as an entry level server, high-end workstation or power desktop. With Windows XP supporting Dual or Quad CPU's, its more and more acceptable to use dual or quad CPU setups without having to sacrifice on OS features, like when you wanted to use Dual CPU's before Windows 2000, NT was the only way to go.

 

- Pros

 

Supports all Opteron CPU's

 

Supports First Gen FX CPU

 

Dual Core ready

 

PCI Express graphics slot

 

Dual memory controller

 

Lots of room for storage (plenty of SATA ports)

 

- Cons

 

No overclocking options

 

Rather expansive for an ultra desktop option

 

Games don't make proper use of SMP, no real performance increases

 

Rating - 8.5 out of 10

 

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