Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe Motherboard Review :: The Layout

11-28-2005 · Category: Motherboards

By Benjamin Sun

The layout of the bundle is interesting to say the least. The 4-pin power connector is on the top of the board, allowing for easy access to the power supply without impeding airflow to the CPU, the 20-pin ATX power connector is below the floppy connector and above one of the IDE connectors. This positioning is not optimal, as it may require you to move a cable to install or remove a IDE cable.


Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe Motherboard Review 20-pin ATX power

20-pin ATX power

Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe Motherboard Review 4-pin power connector

4-pin power connector


The main concern with this motherboard's layout is the aforementioned positioning of two PCI slots in between the PCI Express x16 slots. I won't rehash the argument here but ASUS did a far better job with the layout of the LGA-775 version of this motherboard. On that board, there is a PCI Express x1 slot above the first video card slot and two PCI slots below the 2nd PCI Express x16 slot.


Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe Motherboard Review Heat pipe

Heat pipe

Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe Motherboard Review grill

grill

Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe Motherboard Review 2nd grill

2nd grill

Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe Motherboard Review South Bridge fan header

South Bridge fan header



Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe Motherboard Review South Bridge Fan

South Bridge Fan

Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe Motherboard Review AI Life

AI Life

Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe Motherboard Review ASUS Logo

ASUS Logo


NVIDIA's new chipset is a two chip design, differing from the previous nForce4 by having 32 PCI Express lanes controlled by the North Bridge. ASUS chose to cool the chipset with their heatpipe technology. The heatpipe draws the hot air from the NorthBridge chipset to the South Bridge and then to the rear of the board where the grill takes the air away from the CPU area. To me this is great as the chipset didn't get hot while in operation. ASUS also includes an extra fan for the South Bridge in case you want to keep the chipset cooler.


Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe Motherboard Review USB Headers

USB Headers

Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe Motherboard Review IEEE-1394 Headers

IEEE-1394 Headers

Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe Motherboard Review Audio plug

Audio plug

Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe Motherboard Review Front Panel

Front Panel



Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe Motherboard Review ITE chip

ITE chip

Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe Motherboard Review Power Fan header

Power Fan header

Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe Motherboard Review Chassis Fan

Chassis Fan

Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe Motherboard Review EZ Plug

EZ Plug


ASUS decided to include two headers for USB brackets on the board. That brings the total USB ports possible on the A8N32-SLI Deluxe to 8 (4 onboard). Also present on the board is two IEEE-1394 headers for Firewire devices. The Audio and CD Audio connections are together near the bottom of two PCI slots. The Front Panel connections are situated together. ASUS labeled the connectors, so you don't need to consult the manual to install the motherboard. The EZ Plug is necessary to run SLI mode.