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Asus P5N32-SLI Premium nForce 590 SLI Motherboard Review

Asus P5N32-SLI Premium nForce 590 SLI Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The Asus P5N32-SLI Premium motherboard is certainly a looker, and one of the fanciest motherboards we've seen in quite some time.
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External Mfg. Website: ASUS Feb 11 2007   Colin Sun  
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Intel has some real competition!

At the moment gamers who want the absolute best in performance only have one alternative to turn to, nVIDIA. ATi just doesn't have the penetration and even now CrossFire Master cards can be difficult to find. SLI on the other hand is readily available and is a proven technology. It took nVIDIA its sweet time to release an Intel version of its nForce chipsets but now that it's available it is getting a great reception.

The nVIDIA nForce 590 SLI Intel Edition has a lot of features and it's mighty impressive. Specs wise the nForce 590 SLI beats Intel's P965 Express or its high end 975X chipsets and the Asus P5N32-SLI Premium motherboard tested includes even more goodies. From peripherals like a 7.1 channel high definition audio controller to IEEE 1394a, an additional Serial ATA II/RAID controller and 802.11g, the Asus P5N32-SLI Premium motherboard is fully loaded.

With a retail price of $250 CDN ($230 US, £116 GBP), the Asus P5N32-SLI Premium motherboard is definitely pricey but you expect that when going after a high end motherboard. The P5N32-SLI Premium supports all the same nForce 590 SLI goodies as the AMD version except for Linkboost which is supposed to accelerate PCI Express and HTT frequency when certain videocards are used. It's not much of a surprise nVIDIA declined to include this feature, it doesn't really do much. The motherboard itself was designed for enthusiast users and is very easy to work with.

You can see the Asus P5N32-SLI Premium's blistering performance, it came in first place in every test that we threw at it. SiSoft Sandra memory bandwidth numbers were lower than expected, but that didn't affect Super Pi or gaming tests like 3DMark06, FarCry or Quake 4 at all. With two GeForce 7800GTXs running in SLI mode, the 3DMark scores jumped quite a bit. Gaming at low resolutions did not get much of a boost, which is not surprising.

The Asus P5N32-SLI Premium is not just fast at benchmarks, it's also very good at overclocking! The nVIDIA nForce 590 SLI has an excellent reputation for overclocking and the Asus motherboard did not disappoint. It was able to crack 400 MHz FSB, settling for a top speed of 410 MHz!

If you're thinking about building a new gaming system, or are looking for a motherboard that allows you to port over your SLI setup, your wait is over. The Asus P5N32-SLI Premium motherboard is truly excellent. It's not cheap, but it is one of the best Intel Core 2 Duo motherboards on the market right now.

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Contents of Article: ASUS P5N32-SLI Premium
 Pg 1.  Asus P5N32-SLI Premium nForce 590 SLI Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Accessories: Soundcard, Wireless LAN Accessories...
 Pg 3.  Silent Thermal Solutions for Core Logic
 Pg 4.  Gallery Highlights of this Asus Motherboard
 Pg 5.  The nVIDIA nForce 590 SLI Intel Edition chipset
 Pg 6.  Overclocking the P5N32-SLI Premium Motherboard
 Pg 7.  Test System Specs / Sysmark 2004 Benchmarks
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: PC WorldBench 5.0
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: Office Productivity, SiSoft Sandra
 Pg 10.  Benchmarks: SuperPi, PCMark05
 Pg 11.  Benchmarks: 3DMark05, 3DMark06
 Pg 12.  Benchmarks: FarCry, Doom 3, Quake 4
 Pg 13.  — Intel has some real competition!

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