ASUS P5N32-E SLI Plus Motherboard Review :: ASUS P5N32-SLI E Layout

04-01-2007 · Category: Motherboards

By Benjamin Sun

As stated previously, the P5N32-E SLI Plus motherboard uses the same PCB layout as the nForce 680i based Striker Extreme board. The board logo is a sticker covering the Striker Extreme logo. The differences in layout between the two boards lay in the lack of the Power, Reset, Clear CMOS buttons (the spaces on the board are there but the buttons are not), the laying on of a P5N32-E SLI Plus sticker over the Striker Extreme logo (you can see the S from that logo under the sticker), a slightly different chipset cooling scheme and slight differences in the capacitor layout (missing capacitors from the Striker Extreme.)


ASUS P5N32-E SLI Plus Motherboard Review 8-pin power

8-pin power

ASUS P5N32-E SLI Plus Motherboard Review 24-pin power

24-pin power

ASUS P5N32-E SLI Plus Motherboard Review Striker Extreme layout

Striker Extreme layout

ASUS P5N32-E SLI Plus Motherboard Review P5N32-E SLI Plus layout

P5N32-E SLI Plus layout


The placement of the 8-pin power connection is on the top of the board next to the right hand corner of the PCB, the perfect place to directly route the power cable from the Power Supply Unit. The 24-pin ATX power connection is next to the FDD controller, also the perfect spot. The CPU area is completely clear of obstacles, allowing for the installation of after-market coolers.


Stack Cool


ASUS P5N32-E SLI Plus Motherboard Review
ASUS P5N32-E SLI Plus Motherboard Review


ASUS decided to use their Stack Cool2 heat pipe cooling system with the P5N32-E SLI Plus board. The Southbridge is cooled with a heatsink with the Ai Lifestyle logo on it (the Striker Extreme would have a Built for Gamers logo in this place). From the SB a heatpipe leads to a fin on the top of the board. The NorthBridge is cooled by a heatsink with a heatpipe leading to another fin by the rear IO area. The Striker Extreme board, by contrast has a more elaborate heatpipe cooling system.


ASUS P5N32-E SLI Plus Motherboard Review CPU cooler

CPU cooler

ASUS P5N32-E SLI Plus Motherboard Review USB 9/10

USB 9/10

ASUS P5N32-E SLI Plus Motherboard Review Firewire

Firewire

ASUS P5N32-E SLI Plus Motherboard Review OPT Fan3

OPT Fan3

ASUS P5N32-E SLI Plus Motherboard Review Front IO Panel

Front IO Panel


One thing about the P5N32-E SLI Plus board is the layout of the PCI Express slots compared to the layout of the SATA ports. In many boards on the market today the positioning of the SATA ports means that a long card like the 8800GTX may block ports from working. The six SATA ports are angled sideways instead of facing up on the board, allowing any user to insert/remove SATA cables without the video card interfering.


ASUS P5N32-E SLI Plus Motherboard Review USB Ports

USB Ports

ASUS P5N32-E SLI Plus Motherboard Review Fans

Fans


The memory slots do not interfere with video card removal and insertion, another definite plus to the layout. One especially nice touch is the video card locks on the PCI Express x16 slots. Many boards have push-button locks or locks that require you to use a flat-head screwdriver to remove the card as dual slot cards cover the locking mechanism. The P5N32-E SLI Plus board does not have this problem as the board allows the user to simply pull out the tab to pull out the card.