Asus P5ND2-SLI Deluxe Motherboard Review :: Setup and BIOS

07-06-2005 · Category: Motherboards

By Benjamin Sun

There are two things I need to test when setting up a SLI motherboard. First is the need to test the motherboard with the standard tests and equipment. After all, the nForce4 for Intel SLI chipset can be directly compared to a 955X or 925XE motherboards, as the other components of the test station are the same on both platforms. SLI motherboards, on the other hand, provide a unique performance metric with two video cards.


Asus P5ND2-SLI Deluxe Motherboard Review NVRAID

NVRAID

Asus P5ND2-SLI Deluxe Motherboard Review Front Panel

Front Panel


Setup went without issue in either case. With the standard configuration, I installed Windows, installed the drivers, ran the benchmarks and stability testing. At no time were any stability issues present, nor were there problems with the benchmarks. One thing should be noted about the system. After running the standard system benchmarks I installed a pair of 6600GTs from Chaintech and used them in SLI mode.


Asus P5ND2-SLI Deluxe Motherboard Review SLI Bridge

SLI Bridge

Asus P5ND2-SLI Deluxe Motherboard Review SLI Card

SLI Card


Asus included a solid bridge for SLI operations. To enable SLI on the board, simply make sure the video card selector is set to SLI mode, insert two video cards capable of SLI, put the bridge in between the two video cards and attach power cables if necessary. Assuming Windows is already installed, install the latest (77.72 was released yesterday) Forceware drivers and enable SLI in the control panel. At this point you're done.


Asus P5ND2-SLI Deluxe Motherboard Review BIOS

BIOS


The BIOS ASUS uses on the P5ND2-SLI are the standard Phoenix Award BIOS found on many motherboards today. One thing about ASUS motherboards is their AI NOS over clocking utility. NOS stand for No Delay Overclocking System. With this enabled the board automatically over clocks when the processor draws more power from an application like 3d games. Asus provides the P5ND2-SLI board with a CPU Lock-free mechanism. This allows you to lower the CPU multiplier and raise the FSB to overclock.

BIOS Shots


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