ASUS K8N-E Deluxe Motherboard Review :: Introduction

12-13-2004 · Category: Motherboards

By John Chen

We all know that Asus is the leader of all motherboard companies. They're always quick on their feet and pump out boards faster than the rest. They've always been the top choice for enthusiasts when it comes to building an Intel platform. The P4C800 was outstanding, providing the best possible overclocking and performance possible. However for AMD users, things were not always the same. Many faced difficulties and often rejected Asus as their choice for AMD setups. I personally faced the same problems. When the A7N8X was first introduced, people hopped on it like they needed crack. I too was one of those many crack happy culprits.

But unfortunately, enthusiasts started realizing that although the board performed stably at stock speeds, which all boards should, its overclocking performance was rather weak. The on-board features were only mediocre compared to the competitions. With no time at all, the ABIT NF7 smothered Asus in the mud. Continuing on, the A7V880 that I worked with was only another mediocre board. There were always strange things that would happen with the board. Power LED would continue to flash when the system was on and even a BIOS update only helped a little. The board was definitely stable for every day use, with just a few tad annoyances here and there. But my main point here is that in the AMD department, Asus definitely fails to be one of the top achievers.

When the Athlon64 was introduced, Asus, as always, introduced the first Socket 940 board based on the nForce3 chipset. As for Sockets 754 and 939, Asus was a bit late into the game. The Socket 754 board is based on the nForce3 250GB while the Socket 939 is based on the VIA K8T800 Pro. What they really should do is offer both sockets with both chipsets to provide better options for their customers. Anyway, the board reviewed today is the Asus K8N-E motherboard based on the nForce3 250GB chipset, the only Socket 754 solution from Asus. The board has a lot to offer the would be user so follow along as we look deeper into the K8N-E.