ASUS M2R32 MVP Crossfire Motherboard Review :: M2R32 MVP Crossfire Layout

10-17-2006 · Category: Motherboards

By Benjamin Sun

ASUS chose to use their familiar gold PCB for the M2R32-MVP board. The CPU area is mostly clear of obstacles, except that the 4-pin power supply connector is under the CPU Socket, meaning that the power cable has to go over or around the cooling for the Athlon 64 CPU. The DIMM slots are on the front of the board, above the CPU socket, meaning that the video cards do not block the memory slots.


ASUS M2R32 MVP Crossfire Motherboard Review 4-pin power

4-pin power

ASUS M2R32 MVP Crossfire Motherboard Review CPU Fan

CPU Fan

ASUS M2R32 MVP Crossfire Motherboard Review Chassis and PWR fan

Chassis and PWR fan


The 24-pin ATX power connector is located above the PATA controller. One pet peeve of mine is the tendency of motherboard manufacturers to place the FDD controller on the far end of the board, necessitating routing the FDD cable from the floppy drive around one or two video cards or over them (if the card is long like a 7950 GX2), and the other system cables. This is a hassle and can sometimes restrict the air flow through the system depending on where the cables get routed.


ASUS M2R32 MVP Crossfire Motherboard Review Front Panel IO

Front Panel IO

ASUS M2R32 MVP Crossfire Motherboard Review USB

USB

ASUS M2R32 MVP Crossfire Motherboard Review Northbridge

Northbridge

ASUS M2R32 MVP Crossfire Motherboard Review Southbridge

Southbridge


The Front Panel IO on the board is labeled, so it's impossible to put the wrong connector in the wrong place unless you can't read in which case, you have other problems not just installing this motherboard. There are three USB headers available on the board supporting six additional USB ports, and a Firewire port for an additional IEEE-1394 bracket. A VIA VT6308 chip controls the IO including the USB and Firewire devices. An ITE IT8726F-S chip monitors the temperature of the CPU.