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ViiV a-la ASUS, Core Duo N4L-VM DH Motherboard - Final Thoughts

Our first look at Mobile on Desktop is from the ASUS N4L-VM DH with Intel ViiV certification and Core Duo CPU support.

| Editorials in Motherboards | Posted: May 19, 2006 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 8.5%Manufacturer: ASUS

Final Thoughts

 

It's now happening. Pentium name is set to die, and the Core architecture is now the way to go and Intel are marching ahead with a lot of momentum behind them. We have seen just how powerful it is compared to Intel's most recent introduction, the Pentium D 900 series.

 

Even with less cache that is shared across two CPU cores and running over 1GHz less in clock speed, there is no doubt that Core Duo has the good to be the best in multimedia entertainment, and with Core2 on its way out, we are expecting even more from this series of CPU with more cache, Hyper Threading and Virtualisation technologies, things can only look up for ViiV and Intel as a whole.

 

ASUS's implementation of ViiV is just that, for Home Theatre or performance PC. For the overclockers out there, you should look for something else unless ASUS releases a new BIOS, you aren't going to get much extra speed out of this board.

 

Despite its lack of overclocking, we were very impressed with the feature set, stock performance and overall feeling of an Intel ViiV based system - the ASUS N4L-VM DH motherboard has plenty going for it and would make an ideal Home Theatre computer. Intel are starting to get everything right now but it took them long enough to do this, something companies like Shuttle with their XPC have realised for years.

 

- Pros

 

Supports Core Duo and Core Solo

 

Kick Ass performance from new Core Duo CPU

 

Perfect for HTPC system

 

PCI Express 16x Graphics Port

 

Expansion possibilities for TV tuners etc

 

Gigabit LAN

 

Additional SATA controller

 

Onboard Video (great for HTPC usage but not gaming)

 

Onboard 7.1 HD Audio finally with digital output options

 

e.SATA port for future external hard drives

 

- Cons

 

Only a max of 3 SATA drivers

 

Very poor overclocking options and results

 

Core Duo processors aren't cheap at the moment

 

- Latest Pricing

 

ASUS N4L-VM DH Motherboard

 

Rating - 8.5 out of 10

 

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