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Asus M2-CROSSHAIR Socket AM2 nForce 590 SLI Motherboard Review

Asus M2-CROSSHAIR Socket AM2 nForce 590 SLI Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Asus leads the way with the M2-CROSSHAIR motherboard, for it has got to be the fanciest motherboards that has ever passed through the PCSTATS test labs.
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External Mfg. Website: ASUS Feb 11 2007   Colin Sun  
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Inside the Asus BIOS

In the DRAM configuration section we find a TON of memory timing options. In fact there are so many new options here that tweakers would have to spend a lot of time figuring out exactly what each option does.




As you can clearly see there are a lot of memory timing options. I think even the most experienced computer enthusiast will spend weeks finding out what every adjustment does! It does seem overwhelming at first but if you can master this puzzle you'll definitely reap the performance benefits.

Motherboard frequency goes from 200-400 MHz in 1 MHz intervals, and you have complete multiplier control. Here in the overclocking section you can also adjust the DDR2 memory divider, PCI Express frequency, HyperTransport speeds and width.

The voltage options go high enough to fry hardware - so be conservative and careful. CPU voltage goes as high as 1.85V, and DDR2 voltage to 3.4V! Both Northbridge and Southbridge voltages can be increased, although if you do so you'll have to deal with a lot of additional heat. Up next, benchmarks in your favourite video games and synthetic office applications.

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Contents of Article: ASUS M2-CROSSHAIR
 Pg 1.  Asus M2-CROSSHAIR Socket AM2 nForce 590 SLI Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Advanced Thermal Solution for the Chipsets and Voltage Regulators
 Pg 3.  Asus goes overboard with goodies!
 Pg 4.  Motherboard Highlights Gallery
 Pg 5.  More Motherboard Highlights....
 Pg 6.  Nvidia C51XE and MCP55XE Core Logic
 Pg 7.  Overclocking the M2-CROSSHAIR
 Pg 8.  — Inside the Asus BIOS
 Pg 9.  Test System Specs and Sysmark 2004 Benchmarks
 Pg 10.  Benchmarks: Office Productivity, SiSoft Sandra, Super Pi
 Pg 11.  Benchmarks: PCMark05, 3DMark05
 Pg 12.  Benchmarks: 3DMark06, FarCry
 Pg 13.  Benchmarks: X3: Reunion, Doom 3, Quake 4
 Pg 14.  Crosshair: A Gamers Delight?

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