Asus K8V-Deluxe/WiFiB Athlon64 Motherboard
Asus is easily the most common brand available our
local computer shops big and small. Every store I visit carries multiple Asus
products - there's really no other manufacturer with such a broad selection.
That kind mass market approach has gone along way towards also making Asus one
of the most respected component manufacturers out there.
Asus hold the distinct position of being highly
respected not only for their status as a Tier one manufacturer, but also by their competition, which usually gives them the advantage of being first
to market when new technology is launched. Asus was first to come out with an
AMD 760MPX based motherboard when that was released, as
well as the more recent nForce2 and i875P-based motherboards. In our neck of the woods, the
Asus K8V is one of the few Athlon64 motherboards that can be found readily.
The fully-equipped Asus K8V-DLX/WiFiB is based on VIA's popular K8T800 chipset, meaning it supports the Socket 754 AMD Athlon64
2x Ultra/133 Cables, 1x Ultra/33 Cable, 2x Serial ATA
Cables, FDD Cable, Molex Y Serial ATA Power Cable, Driver CD,
Users Manual, I/O Backplate, WinDVD Software Suite,
ports, IEEE 1394a Port, Audio Port
DIMM slots can absorb up to 3GB of unbuffered ECC or non-ECC DDR memory paced as
fast as PC3200 speeds. Standard features of the board include an additional Serial ATA/Serial
ATA RAID controller, a third IDE channel, 5.1 audio, 3Com Gigabit LAN, IEEE
1394a and a proprietary 802.11b wireless LAN adapter that we'll get to
in a moment.
Thrown in for good measure is interVideo's WinDVD
software suite, and a bundle of headers and other cables that are sure to come
in very handy.