Asus P5N-E SLI Motherboard Review :: Setup and Installation

01-11-2007 · Category: Motherboards

By Benjamin Sun

After mounting the motherboard on the test station and screwing in the washers, I proceeded to install the CPU. The Socket LGA-775 CPU is easy to install, simply take off the cover, insert the CPU into place, making sure to align it correctly (there's only one way to put the CPU but don't put it in at an angle, close the cover and flip the lever down into place. At this point the CPU cooler should be installed. To install an Intel CPU cooler, simply align the pins with the holes and press down firmly, one side at a time.

The memory modules we use for testing the Crucial Ballistix DDR 2 667MHz are getting a bit long in the tooth as DDR2 800 is getting more mainstream, and DDR2 1066 or even 1200 have been released. The board supports up to 8GB of unbuffered non-ECC DDR2 memory. With the release of Windows Vista to businesses, support for more than 4GB of memory will be standard starting in January when it is released to retail.

The next step is to insert the GeForce 7900GT into the PCI Express x16 slot. The 7900GT requires additional power than that provided by the PCI Express slot can provide (75W), so additional power is required. At this point I was ready to start the system for the first time. First boot is used to determine if a problem like the CPU or memory is bad and is done with a single memory stick, the CPU and the video card installed. At this point I was ready to install the second memory module and the hard disk drives that we use for testing. The 74GB Western Digital Raptor SATA HDD is the second biggest Raptor drive on the market besides the 150GB model that was recently introduced. The drive spins at a 10000 RPM rate, the fastest available on the market today.