heart of the Canada Computers Content Creator X2 system is the Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe motherboard. Based
on the nVidia nForce4 SLI chipset, the motherboard supports a whole host
of features like 7.1 channel audio, IEEE 1394a Firewire, dual Gigabit NICs and
an additional Serial ATA/RAID controller. With all that, it's no wonder the A8N-SLI is one of
the most popular nForce4 SLI motherboards on the market today. Asus also includes a
full version copy of WinDVD Suite which is excellent software for those of you
who are into video editing.
layout of the Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe is excellent, in fact it is
probably the best on the market. Everything on the motherboard from USB/IEEE 1394 headers
to the power/IDE connectors and even how far Asus places the two PCI
Express x16 slots is located at its optimal position.
The motherboard is not entirely perfect though, Asus run the
Silicon Image Serial ATA controller and Marvel Gigabit network card through the PCI bus. Both
devices are high bandwidth and a PCI Express alternative would be ideal, even
if it came at the expense of a PCI x1 slot. Considering the
price of the motherboard, I do not think a few dollars extra would
deter potential buyers from picking up the board had Asus gone that
As an A8N-SLI Deluxe
motherboard user myself, I really have to complain about the stock NF4 SLI
chipset cooler. Search around in the various computer forums and you will no
doubt hear about fan failures.