ASUS M2N32-SLI Premium Vista Edition Motherboard Review :: ASUS M2N32-SLI Premium Vista Edition Features

03-08-2007 · Category: Motherboards

By Benjamin Sun
ASUS M2N32-SLI Premium Vista Edition Spec Sheet
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Part NumberM2N32-SLI Premium Vista Edition
ManufacturerASUS
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DownloadsBIOS
Drivers
Manuals
ChipsetNvidia nForce 590 SLI
North BridgeNvidia nForce 590 SLI
SocketSocket AM2 (940)
Processor TypesAthlon 64X2, Athlon 64FX, Athlon 64, Sempron
Number of CPUs1
Front Side Bus1GHz HyperTransport Bus Link
Memory TypeDDR2
Memory ChannelsDual
Maximum Memory8GB
External GraphicsPCI Express x16
IGP None
South BridgeNvidia nForce 590 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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AMD moved to the Socket AM2 platform last year. The NVIDIA 590 SLI chipset that the M2N32-SLI Premium Vista Edition board uses supports all of the current Athlon 64 X2, Athlon 64, and FX up to FX-62 CPUs on the market. AMD launched the FX-74 last year on a new Socket, but the mainstream computer user will continue to use the AM2 platform for most of this year.


ASUS M2N32-SLI Premium Vista Edition Motherboard Review CPU Socket AM2

CPU Socket AM2

ASUS M2N32-SLI Premium Vista Edition Motherboard Review DIMM Slots

DIMM Slots


4 DIMM slots are the norm for memory slots on a motherboard on the market today. The ASUS board has 4 slots for up to 8GB of unbuffered ECC or non-ECC DDR2 800 MHz memory. With the release of Microsoft Vista, and the majority of CPUs on the market today supporting 64-bit extensions, and games and applications requiring more and more memory, the need for 8GB support or more is never greater.


ASUS M2N32-SLI Premium Vista Edition Motherboard Review PCI slots

PCI slots

ASUS M2N32-SLI Premium Vista Edition Motherboard Review Two PCI Express x16 slot

Two PCI Express x16 slot

ASUS M2N32-SLI Premium Vista Edition Motherboard Review PCI Express x1 slot, PCI Express x4 slot

PCI Express x1 slot, PCI Express x4 slot


An SLI motherboard distinguishes itself from others by having two slots for the video cards on the board. NVIDIA first introduced SLI back to the consumer in late 2004, a scant two and a half years ago. SLI is the number one multiple-graphics solution on the market, with over 90% of Steam users that have multiple-GPU using SLI. NVIDIA 6xxx series and 7xxx series cards were limited to single card mode in Vista until the release of the 101.45 Forceware drivers which allowed them to do SLI.


ASUS M2N32-SLI Premium Vista Edition Motherboard Review 6 SATA ports

6 SATA ports

ASUS M2N32-SLI Premium Vista Edition Motherboard Review External SATA

External SATA

ASUS M2N32-SLI Premium Vista Edition Motherboard Review IDE and FDD controller

IDE and FDD controller

ASUS M2N32-SLI Premium Vista Edition Motherboard Review MediaShield

MediaShield


The nForce 590 SLI MCP supports up to 6 SATA ports natively. Six SATA ports are situated on the ASUS M2N32-SLI Premium Vista Edition board, allowing for full utilization of the onboard drives with a seventh SATA port for the external SATA port also on the board. A single IDE port and FDD port finish up the drive expansion on the board.


ASUS M2N32-SLI Premium Vista Edition Motherboard Review SuperBeam

SuperBeam

ASUS M2N32-SLI Premium Vista Edition Motherboard Review SoundMAX Preferences

SoundMAX Preferences


Onboard audio is provided by an ADI1988 CODEC. Analog Devices Incorporated is one of the manufacturers of onboard sound that has been popular on the Intel platform as of late. NVIDIA was a bit late into the High Definition Audio support with their motherboard chipsets, but today all of their motherboard chipsets support the standard providing features like multiple audio streams, Dolby Surround Sound support and more. The SuperBeam Directional microphone is included with the motherboard bundle, allowing you to have noise reducing recording done on the integrated audio.


ASUS M2N32-SLI Premium Vista Edition Motherboard Review Rear IO

Rear IO


The rear I/O of the board consists of 4 USB 2.0 ports, an external SATA port, 6 jacks for the onboard audio, an S/PDIF In and Out coaxial port, a Firewire port, a COM1 port, two RJ-45 jacks for the onboard Gigabit LAN, and a PS/2 Mouse and Keyboard port. Marvell PHY brings Gigabit Ethernet to the board along with the nForce 590 SLI MCP bringing such features as Teaming and TCP/IP Acceleration to the board.