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Asus M2R32-MVP CrossFire Xpress 3200 Motherboard Review

Asus M2R32-MVP CrossFire Xpress 3200 Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: With the Xpress 3200, ATI brings its dual videocard Crossfire system to the AMD table, and Intel as well.
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External Mfg. Website: ASUS Oct 24 2006   Max Page  
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Asus M2R32-MVP Motherboard Highlights


The Asus M2R32-MVP has four DDR2 memory slots positioned above the socket AM2 AMD processor area. Each pair of DDR-2 slots is colour coordinated to indicate which slots should be occupied for the dual channel memory controller to be enabled.


If you're only using a single PCI Express x16 videocard, insert it into the first PCI Express x16 slot (blue). The two PCI Express x1 and two 32 bit PCI slots should be plenty for expanding the motherboard. The Asus M2R32-MVP has its Firewire and USB2.0 headers located along the bottom edge of the PCB, which make connecting things up and routing cables a little simpler.


The main 24 pin ATX power connector and IDE connector are placed on the right side of the Asus M2R32-MVP motherboard which helps keep both cables away from the other system devices. Note the proximity of the ATi RD580 heatsink. The Crossfire Xpress 3200 chipset does get pretty hot, so you'll need to have good system airflow to keep temperatures to a minimum.


The ATi SB600 Southbrigde only supports four internal Serial ATA slots. The Clear CMOS jumper is located between the BIOS chip and the CMOS battery. Asus should better indicate where this jumper is however. The floppy connector is located at a poor position at the bottom of the motherboard and should be placed elsewhere where the cable will be less of an interference.

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Contents of Article: ASUS M2R32-MVP
 Pg 1.  Asus M2R32-MVP CrossFire Xpress 3200 Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  ATi CrossFire Xpress 3200
 Pg 3.  — Asus M2R32-MVP Motherboard Highlights
 Pg 4.  Overclocking with the M2R32-MVP Motherboard!
 Pg 5.  Test System Specs / Sysmark 2004
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: Office Productivity, SiSoft Sandra
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: SuperPi, PCMark05
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: 3DMark05, 3DMark06
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: FarCry, Doom 3, Quake 4
 Pg 10.  Xpress 3200 for Office or Gaming?

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