Asus P5ND2-SLI Deluxe Motherboard Review :: Layout and Bundle

07-06-2005 · Category: Motherboards

By Benjamin Sun

Layout of the board is generally excellent. The 4-pin power connector is above the CPU on the top right hand side of the board. I like this positioning so I can route the 4-pin power connector directly from the power supply without it interfering with airflow or wiring. The 24-pin ATX connector is on the bottom right hand side of the board next to the IDE ports. I'm not sure I like the positioning, as I prefer the IDE cable area to be separate for easy removal in the case.


Asus P5ND2-SLI Deluxe Motherboard Review 4-pin Power

4-pin Power

Asus P5ND2-SLI Deluxe Motherboard Review Chipset cooler

Chipset cooler

Asus P5ND2-SLI Deluxe Motherboard Review NB Heat Sink

NB Heat Sink


Normally I recommend a motherboard with a chipset fan as the North Bridge tends to get very warm. On this board, ASUS decided to take a fanless design into the next level. There's a large heat sink covering the NVIDIA MCP chip, allowing the chipset to be cool without a fan. One advantage of this approach is a fan can make a lot of extra noise on the computer. Asus also includes a heat sink covering the South Bridge chip.

Bundle

  • P5ND2-SLI motherboard
  • 4 USB 2.0 ports bracket with midi/game port
  • Serial port bracket
  • Firewire bracket
  • 5 SATA cables
  • 3 SATA Power cables
  • 2x 80-pin IDE cables
  • 1x Floppy drive cable
  • WinDVD Suite
  • SLI bridge
  • Back plate
  • Manual
  • Norton's Internet Security Suite 2005

ASUS really went all out on the hardware bundle for the P5ND2-SLI board. There are headers for 2 USB brackets on the board. ASUS included 2 additional USB 2.0 ports via bracket bringing the total supported USB ports on the board to 6. One thing ASUS did that I don't particularly like is have a separate Serial port bracket and Firewire bracket. They could have easily put the two on one bracket saving one PCI slot for expansion.


Asus P5ND2-SLI Deluxe Motherboard Review
Asus P5ND2-SLI Deluxe Motherboard Review
Asus P5ND2-SLI Deluxe Motherboard Review

Software wise, the P5ND2-SLI board comes with a minimal bundle. WinDVD is an excellent DVD player. Most motherboard manufacturers include some kind of antivirus software, ASUS decided to include Norton's Internet Security 2005, a comprehensive firewall and antivirus suite. One nice thing about ASUS and its Deluxe bundles is the fact that they include everything you would need to fully use the motherboard.