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Asus M2N32 WS Professional nForce 590 SLI Motherboard Review

Asus M2N32 WS Professional nForce 590 SLI Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The M2N32 WS Professional motherboard supports all Socket AM2 Athlon64/X2/FX or Sempron processors, along with up to 8GB of unbuffered ECC/non-ECC DDR2-800 memory.
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External Mfg. Website: Asus Mar 02 2007   Colin Sun  
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Asus M2N32 WS Professional Motherboard Highlights


There is plenty of space between the two PCI Express x16 slots for videocards with dual slot heatsinks. There are two PCI Express x1 slots, one 32 bit PCI slot and two 64 bit PCI-X slots for expansion as well. At the bottom of the ASUS M2N32 WS Professional motherboard we find the two IEEE 1394a ports along with the USB 2.0 headers. All headers are at the bottom of the motherboard, including; a COM or Serial port header, two USB 2.0 headers and two IEEE 1394a headers.


Looking at the bottom right hand corner of the Asus M2N32 WS Professional motherboard we find two IDE channels, nine Serial ATA II channels. Of these, six are from the nForce 590 SLI MCP and three from a Marvell controller. The system supports RAID 0/1/5/10 via the nVIDIA MCP55XE Southbridge chipset; NCQ and 'hot plug' are standard. The Marvell Serial ATA II controller does not support RAID.


Clearance for the first PCI Express x1 slot is tight. The two PCI-X slots at center have enough room behind them for long expansion cards to be installed.


The Asus M2N32 WS Professional has four 240-pin DDR-2 memory DIMM slots which accommodate 8GB of DDR-2 800/667/533 RAM. Populate the DIMM slots of the same colour first, for dual channel memory. To the right of the DIMM slots are the main 24 pin ATX power connector, IDE and floppy drive connectors.


As we can see here all the cooling solution is very fancy. The small heatsink on the MCP55XE Southbridge conducts heat though the heatpipe to the small heatsink on the Northbridge. The C51XE also transfers a bit of heat to the MOSFET heatsink too.


Asus have implemented a PCB technology called "stackcool", which is only just visible on the underside of the ASUS M2N32 WS Professional.

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Contents of Article: Asus M2N32 WS Professional
 Pg 1.  Asus M2N32 WS Professional nForce 590 SLI Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  eSATA support and Chipset Cooling
 Pg 3.  — Asus M2N32 WS Professional Motherboard Highlights
 Pg 4.  Nvidia C51XE and MCP55XE Core Logic
 Pg 5.  Overclocking the M2N32 WS Professional motherboard
 Pg 6.  Motherboard Benchmarks: SYSMark2004
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: Office Productivity, SiSoft Sandra
 Pg 8.  Motherboard Benchmarks: SuperPi, PCMark05
 Pg 9.  Motherboard Benchmarks: 3DMark05, 3DMark06
 Pg 10.  Motherboard Benchmarks: FarCry, Doom 3
 Pg 11.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Quake 4 / Conclusions

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