ASUS P5N32-SLI Deluxe Motherboard Review :: ASUS P5ND2-SLI Features

08-18-2006 · Category: Motherboards

By Benjamin Sun
ASUS P5N32-SLI Deluxe Spec Sheet
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Part NumberP5N32-SLI Deluxe
ManufacturerASUS
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DownloadsBIOS
Drivers
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ChipsetNvidia nForce4 SLI (LGA775)
North BridgeNvidia nForce4 SLI MCP LGA775
SocketLGA775 Socket
Processor TypesPentium 4, Pentium D, Celeron D
Number of CPUs
Front Side Bus1066/800/533MHz
Memory TypeDDR2
Memory ChannelsDual
Maximum Memory16GB
External GraphicsPCI Express x16
IGP None
South BridgeNvidia nForce4 SLI MCP
Audio8-channel
IDE133/100/66/33
SCSINone
SATA3.0 GB/s
RAID0, 1, 0+1, 5
LAN10/100/1000
FirewireIEEE 1394a
USBUSB 2.0
Expansion Slots
BIOSAWARD
Form FactorATX
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The nForce4 for Intel x16 chipset supports all current Intel LGA-775 CPUs including the 965 Extreme Edition CPUs. The Core 2 CPUs have been launched from Intel recently. Even though ASUS's website does not indicate support for the new Core 2 CPU for this motherboard, I was able to install a X6800 CPU without issue and ran the benchmark suite successfully. NVIDIA provided the board for testing, and it's unclear whether all P5N32-SLI boards support the new CPUs.


ASUS P5N32-SLI Deluxe Motherboard Review CPU Socket area

CPU Socket area

ASUS P5N32-SLI Deluxe Motherboard Review DIMM slots

DIMM slots


ASUS outfitted the P5N32-SLI with 4 DIMM slots. The board supports up to 16GB of unbuffered non-ECC DDR2 memory up to 667MHz. The largest memory modules on the market today are 2GB sticks, but the next logical step is 4GB modules and ASUS indicates support for the larger size modules. DDR2 800 and 1066MHz modules also exist but aren't on the Qualified Vendor List for this motherboard.


PCI Express x16 slot


ASUS P5N32-SLI Deluxe Motherboard Review
ASUS P5N32-SLI Deluxe Motherboard Review

SLI and Crossfire motherboards require 2 PCI Express x16 slots to fully utilize the multiple graphics cards at one time feature. Early nForce 4 SLI for Intel motherboards had a total of 22 PCI Express lanes, meaning that the bandwidth provided for the two PCI Express x16 slots was x8 for each as there weren't enough lanes to provide x16 bandwidth to both. A single card would get x16 bandwidth. NVIDIA introduced the nForce x16 chipset last year. The main feature of the new chipset was full x16 bandwidth to each of the two PCI Express x16 slots with two graphics cards installed.

The P5N32-SLI Deluxe motherboard has 2 PCI Express x16 slots for SLI. To enable SLI mode, simply install two like NVIDIA graphics cards (like the 7900GT or GTX). NVIDIA recently launched the 7950 GX2 which has two 7900GT cards on one PCB. The P5ND2-SLI board is on the list of boards supporting this new card, but the P5N32-SLI is not. I would imagine that the cards would work, as the P5N32-SLI is based upon a later chipset.


ASUS P5N32-SLI Deluxe Motherboard Review PCI slots

PCI slots

ASUS P5N32-SLI Deluxe Motherboard Review PCI Express x1 slots

PCI Express x1 slots


Also on the board are two PCI Express x1 slots for PCI Express devices that are appearing on the market, a PCI Express x4 slot, and two PCI V2.2 compliant slots for legacy devices. Note that if you install two-slot video cards that one of the PCI Express x1 slots and one of the PCI slots will be covered by the video card cooling system. There is also a 4-pin Molex connector that should be attached when two cards are in operation in the middle of the two PCI Express x16 slots.


ASUS P5N32-SLI Deluxe Motherboard Review SATA ports

SATA ports

ASUS P5N32-SLI Deluxe Motherboard Review Fifth port

Fifth port

ASUS P5N32-SLI Deluxe Motherboard Review Sideways IDE

Sideways IDE


Drive support on the board is typical of an ASUS Deluxe board. Five SATA II ports are on the board. NVIDIA's chipset supports RAID 0, 1, 1+0 and 5 modes. Another port is on the rear of the board I/O bringing the total drives supported by the P5N32-SLI Deluxe to 5 Two IDE ports are present on the board, one in a sideways facing position. The sideways IDE port allows for easier removal and insertion of the IDE cable. There's also a FDD connector for connecting floppy disk drives.


Audio screenshots


ASUS P5N32-SLI Deluxe Motherboard Review
ASUS P5N32-SLI Deluxe Motherboard Review
ASUS P5N32-SLI Deluxe Motherboard Review
ASUS P5N32-SLI Deluxe Motherboard Review
ASUS P5N32-SLI Deluxe Motherboard Review
ASUS P5N32-SLI Deluxe Motherboard Review

Onboard audio on the board is provided by a Realtek ALC850 CODEC. This CODEC supports the AC'97 specification. Intel introduced the High Definition Audio (H.D.A.) standard with the release of the 925X chipset in 2004, but NVIDIA hasn't added support for the new standard for their Intel chipsets until the release of the nForce 590 for Intel chipset recently announced with the AM2 platform. 7.1 Surround Sound is supported, as are most of the current sound APIs; DirectSound, A3D 1.0, EAX 1.0 and 2.0

ASUS P5N32-SLI Deluxe Motherboard Review I/O

I/O


The rear panel I/O ports are important for what devices you can attach. Four USB 2.0 ports are the norm today, with very few motherboards having 2 and almost none having 0 ports. NVIDIA introduced the idea of dual Ethernet ports on a motherboard with the nForce2 chipset. The P5N32-SLI comes equipped with 2 RJ-45 jacks, a Parallel port, a S/PDIF Out port, 1 PS/2 Mouse, 1 PS/2 Keyboard port, 1 External SATA port and a Wi-Fi port.