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  • leexgx - Sunday, April 15, 2007 - link

    i am trying to get an stable overclock from this m2n32-sli deluxe got an 3800+ X2 at 2.65 (10x265) when i set it to 2.70 270 it just BSOD

    do i need to up MB and SB volts up ? as well or lower the NB to SB as well

    if any one could point me to an web site that has overclocked one of these motherboards be usefull
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  • mss242 - Tuesday, December 05, 2006 - link

    doesn't the asus also offer raid 5? Page 2 lists raid options as 0,1,0+1,10, and JBOD. Reply
  • darkswordsman17 - Tuesday, July 18, 2006 - link

    Something I've noticed is a lot of boards are starting to get DDL/Dolby Master Studio and DTS Connect capabilities, but Anandtech doesn't even mention it half the time, and doesn't even test it at all.

    I think it would be worth looking into, as its really starting to become a viable alternative to Creative's surround solutions (EAX support wouldn't even matter if its being encoded in DD/DTS would it), which more than a few people do not like (although myself am fairly neutral as I've liked the Creative cards I've owned). Also, there are plenty of people sore over losing DDL support when they moved to a newer platform than nForce2 with SoundStorm. I often see people saying how they still miss it, and yet, its been here for almost 6 months already (Intel Bad Axe, possibly others). I see a lot of new boards from ASUS, Gigabyte, and Abit featuring support for these.

    Also a lot of these new boards are using different chips to handle processing, so maybe that makes a difference as far as quality or performance.

    I just think it would be beneficial at the very least to make a note of it, as its not always easy to find out what boards actually do support them.

    Just a thought.
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  • classy - Wednesday, June 28, 2006 - link

    Why not show the results of the scores gained from oc? Reply
  • DrMrLordX - Friday, June 30, 2006 - link

    Probably because it's a review of the motherboard and not the CPU itself. All a motherboard review needs is information about the maximum HTT speeds achieveably on the board at stock. Reply
  • saratoga - Wednesday, June 28, 2006 - link

    The CPU use numbers for the on board audio are great, but it'd also be nice to know just how good the actual quality is. If theres massive THD or a resampling problem, benchmarks will look great, but the part may still suck.

    Using RMAA would allow people to see immediately if there were any serious issues with the sound quality such as poor resampling or noise.

    Seeing as other tech sites have started using it, it'd be nice if you guys could too. See this review:

    http://techreport.com/reviews/2005q4/soundblaster-...">http://techreport.com/reviews/2005q4/soundblaster-...

    Obvious so much info isn't needed for a motherboard review, but posting the summary chart that RMAA spits out with the crosstalk, SNR, IMD and THD numbers would be great.
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  • Gary Key - Thursday, June 29, 2006 - link

    We will post RMAA results when a new audio chip is introduced. I will run the results on this chipset and have it available in our next article. We actually used RMAA 5.5 in a previous article and had more comments wanting subjective analysis. However, we will do the short version of the test results. :) Reply
  • Sifl - Wednesday, June 28, 2006 - link

    quote:

    "...a connector for the included antenna for the wireless LAN."


    With a new and interesting built-in WiFi option (as far as ATX MOBO's go), why not show us the antenna and where it goes?

    For the Asus board layout, I can see all the IO ports (letter designations on the image could help identify which connector is which) but I'm not sure where the WiFi antenna would go. Is it the little gold colored thing off to the right in the picture for rear IO? Because I don't see that same thing in the top views. Maybe another view is better like a perspective view of the ports, rather than the straigh-on view.

    And why does the Epox lack Firewire -- But has 10 USB's ?! Who uses 10 USB ports? Firewire is just basic for any digital video equipment. I chose my current MOBO (Epox 9NPA+) because it HAS Firewire. Maybe they will have another model with it included.
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  • Myrandex - Wednesday, June 28, 2006 - link

    "Who uses 10 USB ports?" I do...
    But then again I also use firewire, bure still it would have been stupid for Epox to have included less USB ports (arrggg EVGA's microATX nForce4 SLI mobo of mine only supporting 8). Back 6 have printer, Windows Media Center Remote sensor, mouse, cell phone data/charger for MPX220 (mine), and cell phone data/charger for Motorola V3 Razr (g/f's), and webcam. Then only 2 of my front 4 USb ports can be connected, and that means I can only use 2 USB devices in the front (ranging from hard drive cages for testing, flash sticks, USB controllers for emulators, etc.) For a manufacturer to have a chipset with 10 USBs yet only implement 8 is just kind of backwards and extremely pointless :-/

    On a side note I did have to laugh at PCI/AGP Fixed at 33/66 as there seem sot be no AGP on these boards for it to be locked at 66 :)

    Jason
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  • Wesley Fink - Wednesday, June 28, 2006 - link

    Yes, the antenna screws to the gold connector on the right of the rear IO port on the Asus.

    As for no firewire on the Epox, it is likely a cost savings to meet a target price point. Most of the digital cameras we have seen recently have emphasized high-speed USB2 instead of Firewire, although we agree Firewire is still widely used in digital cameras and video. Add-on Firewire cards are very reasonable, but they would be an added expense if you required Firewire on the Epox.

    The MSI 570 reviewed at http://www.anandtech.com/mb/showdoc.aspx?i=2773&am...">http://www.anandtech.com/mb/showdoc.aspx?i=2773&am... is also based on the nForce 570 chipset and does feature Firewire.
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  • Missing Ghost - Wednesday, June 28, 2006 - link

    yep the choice of I/O ports on the back panel is pretty poor Reply
  • Larso - Wednesday, June 28, 2006 - link

    Perhaps someone should clarify this for me. I have been noticing how there is a growing interest in how the motherboard makers have done the power conversion for the CPU. Why has this become an issue to investigate?

    I don't think there was a similar focus on the power converters for the netburst chips, which I believe soaked a lot more juice than these AMD chips. I believe they managed to deliver stable power to the netbursts without needing an 8 phase converter cooled by heatpipes??

    I'm fearing that the motherboard producers will start to create extravagant and foolishly designed converters to please the reviewers. I believe there is no good reason to go for an 8 phase design, when a 4 phase would do the job, considering the money that can be spend on each phase. And that ASUS need to cool the converter by heatpipe seems to indicate that the convertion have a bad effeciency, is this really a step forward?

    I really enjoy reading more about the technical solutions on the motherboards, but it just seems to me that the power converter should be less of an issue now, than with the power hungry netburts?
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  • Operandi - Friday, June 30, 2006 - link

    A 8 phase design is more efficient then a 4 phase, not less. Reply
  • Missing Ghost - Wednesday, June 28, 2006 - link

    It seems to me that the heatpipes are more for cooling the chipset in fact. Reply
  • erwos - Wednesday, June 28, 2006 - link

    What WiFi chipset does it use? "It has WiFi" is not terribly precise.

    -Erwos
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  • Wesley Fink - Wednesday, June 28, 2006 - link

    The WiFi chip used on the Asus WiFi module is Realtek RTL8187L. The Features have been updated to reflect this. Reply
  • Wesley Fink - Wednesday, June 28, 2006 - link

    Asus refers to the Wi-Fi in specifications as "WiFi Home USB wireless module supporting IEE 802.11 b/g". There is no mention at all of the supporting chip. The module is attached to the motherboard and the chip is loacated behind heatpipes. We can't read the model number, but the logo is clearly Realtek. Reply
  • highlnder69 - Wednesday, June 28, 2006 - link

    On page 8 under Half Life 2 - SLI Gaming Performance, I think that the Asus Single/SLI results are labeled incorrectly. It's currently showing the Single card configuration with the highest FPS results and the SLI with the lowest. Reply
  • Wesley Fink - Wednesday, June 28, 2006 - link

    You are correct, the labels were reversed. They are now corrected. Reply
  • DigitalFreak - Wednesday, June 28, 2006 - link

    Someone needs to teach the idiots at Asus about how to design the proper motherboard layout. With an SLI setup with dual width cards, there's no PCI-E slots available. Reply
  • Wesley Fink - Wednesday, June 28, 2006 - link

    Asus opted to design for PCI access. With SLI using dual-width video cards there are still two PCI slots available, but the single x4 PCIe is covered. With single-width cards in SLI 3 PCI and an x4 PCIe are available. Reply
  • MacGuffin - Thursday, June 29, 2006 - link

    The picture of the motherboard on Newegg is different: the AT review shows a PCI slot above the black PCIe x16 slot...but the retail board at Newegg has a PCIe x1 slot. Except for that, everything else looks identical. Are there two versions of this board floating around? One with 3 PCI/1 PCIe x4 and the other with 2 PCI, 1 PCIe x4 and 1 PCIe x1? Reply
  • Wesley Fink - Thursday, June 29, 2006 - link

    There are 2 versions of the board - with WiFi and without. The retail version we tested was WITH WiFi built in. Reply

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