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Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe nForce 590 SLI AM2 Motherboard Review

Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe nForce 590 SLI AM2 Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe is one of the first Socket AM2 motherboards to make it into the PCSTATS labs, and it's one motherboard with a lot of expectations attached.
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External Mfg. Website: ASUS Jun 22 2006   Colin Sun  
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Conclusions on this Socket AM2 Motherboard

Ready or not, AMD is moving forward with its Athlon64 architecture and to be part of these sweeping changes you'll need a socket AM2 motherboard. The need for a new memory standard has been long overdue as DDR memory simply cannot provide a dual core processor with enough memory bandwidth. With DDR2 RAM, AMD can provide a hungry Athlon64 X2 or FX dual core processor with exactly the right amount of memory bandwidth - 12.8 GB/s when using dual channel DDR2-800 memory.

While the K8 does not suffer catastrophically when starved of memory bandwidth like the Intel's Netburst architecture, moving to DDR2 does solve its bandwidth issue quite definitively. With that issue out of the way, AMD extends its technological advantage further.

With the memory controller integrated into the processor, upgrading is a bit more complex. This time around if you want to taste AMD's latest and greatest, you'll have to buy at least a new motherboard, memory and processor. If the power supply you're using is old or not up to the ATX 2.0 standard, you'll probably want to replace that as well.

The Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe motherboard is one of the new generation Socket AM2 Athlon64 motherboards and it's darn sweet. Based on the new high end nVIDIA nForce 590 SLI chipset, the M2N32-SLI Deluxe is an awesome motherboard loaded to the hilt with features.

nVIDIA really outdid itself this time around with its new nForce 5x0 series chipsets. The nForce 590 SLI improves on the solid nForce4 series before it and adds a whole list of new and useful features. LinkBoost technology promises to improve a gamer's 3D experience and the next generation of videocards will definitely benefit from the added PCI Express bandwidth. More enticing is nVIDIA's new networking technology like FirstPacket which can prioritize outgoing packets to better suit online gamers and DualLink technology which can let you run two Gigabit connections as one!

The Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe motherboard shows the world that AMD and nVIDIA are on the ball and that the transition to DDR2 has been a smooth one. The performance of the Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe was awesome as you could see from the benchmark results it blew the Intel competition away. The Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe performed on par with the Foxconn C51XEM2AA, which very good considering that is nVIDIA's reference board.

From what we've seen, and judging by the motherboard benchmark results the Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe is a great all round multipurpose board. It's full of features, its got a fast chipset, and overclocks well. If the competition can keep quality, feature set and performance up to par with this example from Asus, the Socket AM2 Athlon64 will have a long and bright future ahead of it.

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Contents of Article: ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe
 Pg 1.  Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe nForce 590 SLI AM2 Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  The nForce 590 SLI Chipset
 Pg 3.  AMD Athlon64 Socket AM2 Heatsink Considerations
 Pg 4.  Motherboard Highlights - CPU / Chipset Cooling
 Pg 5.  Motherboard Highlights - Videocards / SATA
 Pg 6.  Overclocking the Asus M2N32-SLI Socket AM2 Motherboard
 Pg 7.  Inside the Powerful ASUS BIOS
 Pg 8.  Prelude to Benchmarks / SYSMark 2004
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: Office Productivity, SiSoft Sandra, Super Pi
 Pg 10.  Benchmarks: PCMark05, 3DMark05
 Pg 11.  Benchmarks: 3DMark06, FarCry
 Pg 12.  Benchmarks: X3: Reunion, Doom 3, Quake 4
 Pg 13.  — Conclusions on this Socket AM2 Motherboard

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