Naturally the CUV4X comes
with one Socket 370, socket, as well as 3 DIMM sockets that support SDRAM
modules ranging from 8MB all the way up to 512MB (maximum of 1.5GB.) SDRAM
support is pretty extensive, PC-100, PC-133, and HSDRAM are
Future expansion is
very important to many computer users, and the CUV4X does not disappoint. 1
AGP Pro slot (4X compliant) is provided (for highend video cards, basically
power hungry ones,) 5 bus mastering PCI slots, as well as 1 ISA slot (for those
pesky old modems,) and 1 AMR slot.
External ports are essential,
so until we develop ESP techniques to
control our PC's with just our minds, we'll be needing the included PS/2
ports (2, one for the Keyboard, and one for the mouse.)
There is also 1 parallel port for printers, 2
serial ports (one is "external",) there are two onboard
USB ports, as well as the option to add two more with the included USB
port adapter (via a cable, similar to the second serial port.)
Having the extra 2 USB
ports may be a Godsend to some people, such as myself, because I have 3
USB devices with only 2 ports to plug them into.
The onboard sound option is quite attractive
for people wishing to build light multimedia workstations, or whatnot. There are 3 'Soundblaster'
style connectors on the motherboard for CD-Audio, modems, and TV-tuners.
While the onboard sound is never horrible, it's not a
SoundBlaster Live! Platinum in terms of flexibility, and quality. Nonetheless you can disable the
onboard sound and go with a higher end soundcard if
you wish to do so. Needless to say
all of the ports are colour coded to meet PC'99 specs (so that you
can not confuse a printer port with a PS/2 port.)
There are two dual channel IDE ports on board that support
ATA/66 transfers. Additionally there is the standard floppy drive port. The CUV4X also provides a
some useless ports, we have the Wake-On-Lan header, and a Wake-On-Ring header. A
closer inspection of the motherboard reveals the LED to indicate that the
motherboard is receiving power, as well as a tiny cmos
Fan enthusiasts will
be happy to see that there are three, 3-pin fan headers. One of them is
for the CPU, the other two are obviously for chassis fans. The motherboard
has many well placed (smart design) capacitors on the motherboard to improve
stability, and gives it the "professional" look that some motherboards
Here are the official Specs from Asus, just in case we have
forgotten to mention one tiny detail...