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Asus P5N32-E SLI Plus nForce 650i Motherboard Review

Asus P5N32-E SLI Plus nForce 650i Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: ASUS' P5N32-E SLI Plus motherboard packs in a tone of Serial ATA II ports thanks to the nVidia nForce 650i MCP Southbridge.
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External Mfg. Website: ASUS Apr 14 2007   Colin Sun  
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Overclocking the Asus P5N32-E SLI

Overclocking Results:
Stock Max. OC
Motherboard Speed: 266 MHz

472 MHz

If you're new to Overclocking and not sure what to do, check out these two excellent Guides for some pointers:
Overclocking the CPU and Memory
Overclocking the Videocard

PCSTATS got a taste of the nVIDIA nForce 650i Intel Edition chipset a few weeks back when we got our hands dirty with the ECS PN2 SLI2+ board. We're certainly expecting good results from the Asus P5N32-E SLI Plus, an Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 and a sweet set of Corsair Twin2X2048-6400C4 memory. If we're lucky, we may even break the 450 MHz FSB barrier the ECS PN2 SLI2+ was stopped at!

Before PCSTATS went ahead with the overclocking, we set the memory to run in DDR2-533 MHz mode as usual.

Starting at 266 MHz FSB, and moving up in 5 MHz increments, the Asus P5N32-E SLI Plus motherboard sailed pass the 300 MHz FSB mark without any difficulty. At 330 MHz the CPU voltage required a slight tweak to 1.4V in order to keep the computer stable. So far so good.

The system started to experience some instabilities again, this time at 375 MHz FSB. At this point the nForce 650i SLI Northbridge voltage had to be increased to 1.4V to keep the system from BSOD'ing while loading Windows XP. The Asus P5N32-E SLI Plus was able to crack 400 MHz, and that's a pretty great feat.

At 410 MHz FSB the CPU voltage had to be increased yet again, this time to 1.5V. That allowed the Asus P5N32-E SLI Plus motherboard to go as high as 435 MHz before we had to increase the voltage to the Northbridge once more. A jolt up to 1.5V did the trick. ASUS' P5N32-E SLI Plus reached 450 MHz FSB, but it still had a bit more to give. By comparison the ECS PN2 SLI2+ stopped dead at this speed.

The Asus P5N32-E SLI Plus motherboard topped out at an amazing 472 MHz FSB in PCSTATS overclocking tests! If you're into overclocking, you're certainly going to be very pleased with what the P5N32-E SLI Plus board can do for you.

Ton of options in the Asus BIOS:

Asus includes basic memory timing adjustments as well as some more advanced memory settings in the P5N32-E SLI Plus motherboard BIOS. If you're a tweaker, you'll definitely spend quite a bit of time finding out what all the little adjustments do.


The FSB can be adjusted between 1066-3000 MHz in 1 MHz increments. Where the Asus P5N32-E SLI Plus motherboard really shines is its voltage options. The CPU voltage can go as high as 1.9V, memory voltage to 3.425V, HyperTransport voltage to 1.95V, Northbridge to 2.75V, Southbridge to 1.85V and CPU VTT to 1.55V!! The CPU, memory, HyperTransport and Northbridge voltages options are high enough that you can quickly damage hardware, so adjust these options with care, and only go up that high if you really know what you are doing.

Prelude to Benchmarks

The details of how the Asus P5N32-E SLI Plus motherboard test system was configured for benchmarking, including the specific hardware, software drivers, operating system and benchmark versions are indicated below. In the second column are the general specs for the reference platforms this nVIDIA nForce 650i SLI Intel Edition based system is to be compared against. Please take a moment to look over PCSTATS test system configurations before moving on to the individual benchmark results.

PCSTATS Test System Configurations
Test System Reference System #1 Reference System #2 Reference System #3
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 (775) AMD Athlon64 X2 5000+ (AM2)

Intel Pentium D 840 (775)

Clock Speed: 9 x 266 MHz = 2.4 GHz 13 x 200 MHz = 2.6 GHz

16 x 200 MHz = 3.2 GHz

Motherboard: Asus P5N32-E SLI Plus (NF 650i SLI)

ECS PN2 SLI2+ (NF 680i SLI)
Foxconn 975X7AB-8EKRS2H (975X)
Asus P5B-E (P965 Express)
Biostar TForce P965 DLX (P965 Express)
Gigabyte GA-965P-DQ6 (P965 Express)
Foxconn P9657AA-8KS2H (P965 Express)
MSI P965 Platinum (P965 Express)

ASRock AM2V890-VSTA (VIA K8T890)
Albatron KM51PV-AM2 (GF6150)
MSI K9N SLI Platinum (NF 570 SLI)
Asus M2-CROSSHAIR (NF 590 SLI)

Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H (975X)
Foxconn 955X7AA-8EKRS2 (955X)
Foxconn 945P7AA-8EKRS2 (945P)
MSI P4N Diamond (NF4 SLI)
Biostar TForce P965 DLX(P965)

Videocard: MSI NX7800GTX-VT2D256E
Memory:

2x 1024MB Corsair Twin2X2048-6400C4

Hard Drive: 74GB Western Digital Raptor WD740
CDROM: AOpen Combo 52x
PowerSupply: PC Power & Cooling TurboCool 510 SLI
Heatsink: Intel EE6600 Refernece AMD Athlon64 FX-62 Refernece Thermaltake Jungle 512
Software Setup:

Microsoft WindowsXP SP2
Intel INF 7.22
nVIDIA Forceware 91.47

Microsoft WindowsXP SP2
nVIDIA Forceware 9.35
nVIDIA Forceware 91.47

Microsoft WindowsXP SP2
Intel INF 7.22
nVIDIA Forceware 7.22
nVIDIA Forceware 91.47

Benchmarks:

SYSMark 2004
Business Winstone 2004
Content Creation 2004
Super Pi
SiSoft Sandra 2005
PCMark05
3DMark05
3DMark06
FarCry
Doom 3

Quake 4

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Contents of Article: ASUS P5N32-E SLI Plus
 Pg 1.  Asus P5N32-E SLI Plus nForce 650i Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Silent Thermal Solutions for Core Logic
 Pg 3.  The Asus P5N32-E SLI Plus Highlights
 Pg 4.  The nVIDIA nForce 650i Intel Edition Chipset
 Pg 5.  — Overclocking the Asus P5N32-E SLI
 Pg 6.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Sysmark 2004
 Pg 7.  Motherboard Benchmarks: PC Worldbench (Graphics)
 Pg 8.  Motherboard Benchmarks: PC Worldbench (Office)
 Pg 9.  Motherboard Benchmarks: PC Worldbench (Data Crunching)
 Pg 10.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Office Productivity, SiSoft Sandra
 Pg 11.  Motherboard Benchmarks: SuperPi, PCMark05
 Pg 12.  Motherboard Benchmarks: 3DMark05, 3DMark06
 Pg 13.  Motherboard Benchmarks: FarCry, Doom 3
 Pg 14.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Quake 4 / Conclusions

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