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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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Inside the Powerful ASUS BIOS

It's a great time to be a computer hardware enthusiast, more manufacturers are including overclocker friendly options in their products and this is most apparent in professional grade motherboards. No longer a waste land, virtually all retail motherboards on the market have good tuning options for overclockers, and with each successive generation it simply gets better.

The Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe motherboard clock speed can be adjusted between 200-400 MHz in 1 MHz increments. The PCI Express bus can also be adjusted in 1 MHz increments between 100-200 MHz. DDR2 voltage goes as high as 2.5V, you'll want to be careful when overclocking as you can really damage the memory. There are CPU clock multiplier adjustments which vary depending on the processor you're using and the maximum CPU voltage goes 0.1125V above stock.

In the Advanced Voltage Control section you have voltage adjustments for the other devices on the Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe motherboard; the Northbridge and Southbridge chipsets for example.

In the DRAM Configuration section, we find all the wonderful memory timing adjustments. You can adjust the memory speed and timings here, although there are not as many memory timings as enthusiasts are use to.

Here are a whole host of HyperTransport options, options range from speed to width.

The Hardware Monitor shows a lot more information that most previous versions. Note that you can monitor all seven fans from within the BIOS.


nVIDIA has taken a note from DFI and has added a motherboard profile slot into its chipset BIOS spec. This allows users to save different motherboard profiles in the BIOS, or via nTune 5. It's great when experimenting with different overclocking settings for certain games or applications to see how high you can run. The profile slots cannot be renamed in the BIOS (in this version anyway), which is an unfortunate oversight on the part of the programmers.

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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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