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

03-08-2007 · Category: Motherboards

By Benjamin Sun

Due to the board having two PCI Express x16 slots, the layout of the M2N32-SLI Premium Vista Edition board is intriguing. A PCI Express x4 slot is directly next to the first PCI Express x16 slot, which would be blocked if an 8800GTX or similar 2-slot PCI Express video card is used. A single PCI Express x1 slot is next to that followed by the second PCI Express x16 slot and two PCI slots.


ASUS M2N32-SLI Premium Vista Edition Motherboard Review 4-pin power

4-pin power


One thing about the layout that bothers me is the placement of the 4-pin power connector. The connection is behind the first PCI Express x16 slot, meaning that in a closed case the cable will be right next to the video card. The memory is next to the CPU socket, meaning that the video card will not interfere with memory insertion or removal. One issue with some boards is the placement of SATA ports, especially on a multi-GPU board. Two of the SATA ports are inline with the second PCI Express x16 slot meaning that you would have to give them up unless using a special cable if two 2-slot video cards are installed.


ASUS M2N32-SLI Premium Vista Edition Motherboard Review Northbridge

Northbridge

ASUS M2N32-SLI Premium Vista Edition Motherboard Review Fin

Fin


ASUS decided to cool their Northbridge and Southbridge with their passive cooling system, which means that the system is quieter than if a Northbridge fan was attached to the system. There is a heatpipe that leads out from the nForce 590 SLI chip to the MCP55 chip to a grill that is above the CPU cooler. This effectively cools the chips as I had no issues with stability.


ASUS M2N32-SLI Premium Vista Edition Motherboard Review Winbond

Winbond

ASUS M2N32-SLI Premium Vista Edition Motherboard Review Fan headers

Fan headers

ASUS M2N32-SLI Premium Vista Edition Motherboard Review USB headers

USB headers

ASUS M2N32-SLI Premium Vista Edition Motherboard Review Firewire header

Firewire header


There is a 20-pin header for Trusted Program Module 1.2. TPM is capable of generating secure cryptographic keys, verifying software authenticity, using DRM (Digital Rights Management). Users wanting to use TPM on Windows Ultimate or Enterprise will need a TPM module to take advantage of the drive encryption scheme in Windows Vista, which allows the user to secure the contents of a drive using 128-bit encryption.