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

05-31-2006 · Category: Motherboards

By Doc Overclock

ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe Wi-Fi Edition Motherboard Review

Being first is always a good thing and ASUS like always is in the forefront of their domain with one of the first AM2 boards to hit the shelves with their release of the M2N32-SLI Deluxe motherboard. This board has a lot to offer the user as it has anything you might need to get up and going including a Wireless Wi-Fi connection that in today's world is a real plus feature. Everything you can ask for in a board is available on the M2N32-SLI Deluxe and it leaves little to be desired to the hard-core enthusiast user or gamer.

If you are a beginning overclocker you might want to try a different board other than the ASUS one. The reason I say this is NVIDIA's nTune overclocking tool will not function on the ASUS board as their BIOS is not tuned to work with it. The nTune 5.0 can be used by either the entry level or enthusiast overclocker depending on the time allotment you give the nTune tool to work with. The AI Booster is a pretty basic tool that usually can usually get up to a 10% stable overclock. We were able to overclock the new 5000+ by that margin without error using the AI Booster and standard cooling without voltage modifications. I am sure using better cooling and making a few more BIOS tweaks including voltage increases would have yielded better results.

Other than the overclocking thing, this is a very well rounded out motherboard that has everything and more the power user would want in a board. It has enough SATA ports to be a workstation class product, and with the latest advancements in the nForce5 chipsets RAID functionality it just gets better. RAID 5 usually something usually only found in the server or high-end workstation boards has now come to the desktop environment via the new NVIDIA 500 series chipsets. Unfortunately we could not get the new EPP memory to take full advantage of its capacity due to the BIOS not supporting it at the time of this review. How much better it performs with those setting available and enabled will have to be retested in the future and reposted as an add-on to the review. Overall the board coming just out of the gate has more positive than negative issues and with a few more changes will put it on your hot list as an AM2 motherboard specimen. As is it is still one Hot Product for the AM2 platform and available right now.

What's hot?

The M2N32-SLI Deluxe has excellent features and solid performance, including a Wi-Fi connection.

What's Not?

There is currently No EPP support in the BIOS and the BIOS is not functional with NVIDIA's nTune 5.0.