The A8N-SLI Deluxe has shown great results around the web and we were not surprised at the end-results we came to. The only drawbacks were its lack of wireless LAN and moderate sound options, as beyond that the board contained many features worth appraisal by the user. At least Asus includes the necessary floppy disc with the SATA drivers on it as some manufacturers really lag in that area and during setup, a missing driver just wastes valuable time. Dual-Core for AMD is just a few days away and instead of having to buy an entirely new motherboard to support it like Intel's answer with their new 955-chipset platform, the nForce 4 platform only needs a quick BIOS flash to supports AMD's latest Dual-Core CPUs. This board completely supports the new 4800+ Dual-Core CPU and is the board AMD sent as their test board of choice with their next generation CPU. You can see that review soon as it will post on Monday morning.
The nForce4 chipset in general has proved to be quite the contender for the new AMD platform and is virtually dominating the market at the sales counter. Take that and combine it with Asus ingenuity and you have the A8N-SLI Deluxe, a motherboard that has showed itself to be one of the top performers in its class. With an abundance of features and overclocking options and a solid bundle, the A8N-SLI Deluxe has the makings of a power user motherboard that should please even the most discerning enthusiast who wants the most for their money. Watch out Intel, the underdog has been eating its Wheaties and AMD is poised to give you a head-to-head battle in 2005, especially with partners like NVIDIA and Asus helping to pave the way. Asus has taken an already robust chipset in the nForce4, and turned it into the A8N Deluxe, an award winning motherboard that has the right combination to make it into the winner's circle and please any demanding user. A complete thumbs up is my vote on this one.