ASUS

We looked at a few ASUS products in our Computex Preview article so our coverage will highlight some of the expected high volume boards for either AMD or Intel processors this summer.



The M2N4-SLI is an AM2 board based on the nForce4 SLI chipset that will be ASUS's budget priced AM2 SLI board. It boasts passive cooling and a price in the US $75~$85 range. Performance from all indications will be close to that of the nForce 570 SLI but not as feature rich.



ASUS's M2N-SLI Deluxe is based on the nForce 570 SLI chipset and is a fully featured board. In our recent review we found the performance of the nForce 570 SLI to match or be extremely close to that of the nForce 590 SLI.



The M2R32-MVP Deluxe is based on the ATI EXPRESS 3200 and SB600 chipsets while offering improved performance over the A8R32-MVP series.



The P5W DH Deluxe is based on the Intel 975X and ICH7R chipsets. This is one of several boards that ASUS is launching that features their new Digital Home initiative, and they include such features as WiFi-AP Solo, MP3-In, DH Remote, and MP3 FrontLinker options depending upon the board series.



The P5B-V DH Deluxe is based on the Intel G965 and ICH8R chipsets. This board features the new Intel integrated 3000 series graphics capability along with eSATA and IEEE 1394a features.





Four of the most prominent options on the ASUS Digital Home series boards will be the DH Remote, WiFi-AP Solo, MP3-In, and FrontLinker components.

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  • Zaitsev - Thursday, June 15, 2006 - link

    It sure is nice to see the overwhelming transition to passive chipset cooling. My patients for noisy, stop-working-after-2-months chipset fans ran out along time ago:) It's going to be interesting to see how well the heat pipe solutions work compared to the old fans.

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  • aldamon - Tuesday, June 27, 2006 - link

    I'd love to see the $60 ASRock 775Dual-VSTA benched with DDR and DDR2 before I drop $200+ on a "Conroe" overclocking board and another $160 - $260 on DDR2.

    Thanks in advance AT!
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  • larciel - Thursday, June 15, 2006 - link

    It brings back memories from 1996 !!! best buy was filled with their ugly case and IBM's sliding door cases! lol Reply
  • Bloodshedder - Friday, June 16, 2006 - link

    I had figured they were long dead. If anything, maybe during that ten years they got their act together. Reply
  • Calin - Thursday, June 15, 2006 - link

    Seeing so many small boards (micro ATX and so), for when some reviews of small mainboards (regarding compatibility, heat from chipset, performance, underclocking and overclocking)?

    Thanks
    Reply
  • Strunf - Thursday, June 15, 2006 - link

    Yup that would be nice, it has been a long time since I've seen a that kind of boards on the test lane. Reply
  • Gary Key - Thursday, June 15, 2006 - link

    quote:

    Yup that would be nice, it has been a long time since I've seen a that kind of boards on the test lane.


    We have several AMD/Intel m-ATX boards coming up for review in July along with the Conroe m-ATX boards in August.
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  • Calin - Friday, June 16, 2006 - link

    Looks like you will help me decide my birthday present :D
    Thanks

    And by the way, could you please please please test onboard video graphic performance (in one or two cases only) with a single DIMM in dual channel boards? And maybe with a Sempron AM2 at 35W (256K cache would be great)?

    (Yes, I know I am greedy).

    Lots and lots of thanks
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  • Myrandex - Thursday, June 15, 2006 - link

    On the second MSI page, the last motherboard has this comment:
    The K9VGM-V leads MSI's entry level products for AMD AM2 by combining the VIA K8M890 and VT8237R+ chipsets. Expect to see this board sell for under US $50 later this month.

    The motherboard in question is actually the PT890-Neo F for the Intel platform.
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  • Gary Key - Thursday, June 15, 2006 - link

    Sorry about that, the file name was cross-linked in the database. It is corrected now. Reply

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