ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe Wi-Fi Edition Motherboard Review :: Test Setup And Procedures AM2 Platform

05-31-2006 · Category: Motherboards

By Doc Overclock

ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe Wi-Fi Edition Motherboard Review

Now that we have moved into the new era of the AM2 CPU that means another round of heavy testing and a minimum of five boards before we begin our comparison charts for this platform. We continue in our trend of using the latest publicly available test software applications as well as the most current and demanding gaming tests. NVIDIA is still our platform test card provider and we now have an apple to apple test bed for both Intel and AMD platforms minus the different CPUs. This brings the testing to the closest and most accurate comparisons across the board.


ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe Wi-Fi Edition Motherboard Review
ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe Wi-Fi Edition Motherboard Review
ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe Wi-Fi Edition Motherboard Review
ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe Wi-Fi Edition Motherboard Review
ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe Wi-Fi Edition Motherboard Review

You will not see the board listed in the rankings section as of yet, this is due to the fact that we must have five fully tested boards before this is created. We run all tests a minimum of three times and then average out the scores. If the test scores seem to low or too high they may be run additionally to validate their accuracy. Being a new platform and motherboard we also ran the motherboard with a wide variety of memory from Micron, Kinston, Mushkin and Corsair in both their 1GB and 2GB kits for compatibility testing, and the board ran fine with memory from all of them. For our test comparisons we use a 2GB kit of 667GHz DDR2 memory from our sponsors at Crucial.


Test System

  • AMD AM2 Athlon64 5000+ 2.6GHz
  • 2GB Crucial Ballistix DDR2 667MHz memory
  • 2 74GB WD Raptor SATA HDDs 10K RPM RAID 0
  • XFX 7800GT video card running 84.21 Forceware
  • ASUS 16x DVD-ROM
  • Windows XP with SP2
  • DirectX 9.0c

Test Software

  • FEAR 1024x768
  • Doom 3 HQ settings 1024x768
  • Sysmark 2004
  • 3DMark06
  • 3DMark05
  • 3DMark03
  • PCMark05
  • Sisoft Sandra 2005 Memory Test
  • PCMark04 Memory Test
  • Aquamark 3

Although AMD has moved to a new 940-pin Socket and upped the ante to DDR2 memory in their new release the change really only brings about a 3% increase to the AMD platform. Memory management is better as is the multitasking ability of the new AM2 platform, but sheer performance is not a grand leap for its Socket 939 counterpart. All in all performance was good with both the initial boards we had in house at the time of this review. As the chipset matures and new drivers are developed I am sure we will see some improved performance, for now it is not too shabby at all.