ASUS M4N72-E Motherboard Review :: Layout

04-02-2009 · Category: Motherboards

By Ben Sun

ASUS M4N72-E Motherboard Review ATX Form factor

ATX Form factor

ASUS M4N72-E Motherboard Review CPU Socket

CPU Socket

ASUS M4N72-E Motherboard Review CPU area

CPU area

ASUS M4N72-E Motherboard Review Rear

Rear


The motherboard is an ATX sized board meaning it will fit into cases designed for the ATX form factor. Starting at the CPU area, the CPU Socket is clear of obstacles, allowing the installation of most after-market CPU coolers. Below the CPU Socket are four DIMM Sockets allowing for the installation of up to 16GB of DDR2-1066MHz memory. Note that AM3/AM2+ CPUs limit DDR2-1066MHz to one DIMM per channel only.


ASUS M4N72-E Motherboard Review DIMM Slots

DIMM Slots

ASUS M4N72-E Motherboard Review Expansion

Expansion

ASUS M4N72-E Motherboard Review Capacitors

Capacitors

ASUS M4N72-E Motherboard Review SidePort Memory

SidePort Memory


Expansion on the board consists of 2x PCIe 2.0 x16 slots, two PCIe x1 slots and two PCI 2.2 compliant slots in total. Note that the motherboard has a built-in GeForce 8300 chip to be used only for Hybrid SLI operation. As Hybrid SLI only works with an 8400GS at best it is a forgotten feature as there are no connections for a monitor on the board. When two NVIDIA graphics cards are installed with an SLI bridge the PCI Express slots operate in x8 mode.


ASUS M4N72-E Motherboard Review SATA ports

SATA ports

ASUS M4N72-E Motherboard Review Via chip

Via chip

ASUS M4N72-E Motherboard Review MOSFET Heatsinks

MOSFET Heatsinks

ASUS M4N72-E Motherboard Review CPUFan

CPUFan


The board has six SATA 3.0Gb/second ports for the onboard SATA controller. Note that the location of the ports means that the installation of a long video card like the GeForce GTX285 will not interfere with SATA installation or removal. The ports are to the right of where the first PCI Express x16 is located. An IDE and a FDD port round out the expansion options on the M4N72-E board.


ASUS M4N72-E Motherboard Review 24-pin power

24-pin power

ASUS M4N72-E Motherboard Review 4-pin power

4-pin power

ASUS M4N72-E Motherboard Review IDE

IDE

ASUS M4N72-E Motherboard Review FDD

FDD


The 24-pin power connector is on the bottom right area of the board, where it should be. The 4-pin power connector is on the right side of the board as it should be. The left side of the board has the Front Panel IO connectors, three USB 2.0 headers and a Firewire header. A COM1 and the HD Audio connections are next to those. Overall, there's not much to complain about on the board's layout.


ASUS M4N72-E Motherboard Review Via VT1708S

Via VT1708S

ASUS M4N72-E Motherboard Review Via Audio Dock

Via Audio Dock

ASUS M4N72-E Motherboard Review VIA audio information

VIA audio information

ASUS M4N72-E Motherboard Review ITE chip

ITE chip


The onboard audio solution is from VIA, the VIA VT1708S CODEC that supports 7.1+2 channel audio simultaneously, and is an interesting alternative to the Realtek ALC889/1200 we see in most other motherboards on the market today. The VT1708S has the capabilities for ASUS Noise filtering, jack detection, Optical S/PDIF Out ports and is fully compliant with the High Definition Audio standard.


ASUS M4N72-E Motherboard Review FP IO

FP IO

ASUS M4N72-E Motherboard Review USB

USB

ASUS M4N72-E Motherboard Review Firewire+USB

Firewire+USB

ASUS M4N72-E Motherboard Review nForce 750a chipset

nForce 750a chipset


The rear IO on the board consists of a PS/2 Keyboard, Mouse, S/PDIF Out (Optical), IEEE-1394a, a RJ-45 jack, 6 USB 2.0 AND 8-Channel Audio ports. Note that the chipset supports 12 USB ports and with the headers can actually have it assuming you have brackets to install them with. The board's PS/2 mouse port is a bit ubiquitous as most people have migrated to USB mice or wireless mice, but it is there if you need it.


ASUS M4N72-E Motherboard Review AAFP

AAFP

ASUS M4N72-E Motherboard Review ChaFan

ChaFan

ASUS M4N72-E Motherboard Review Realtek RTL8112CL

Realtek RTL8112CL

ASUS M4N72-E Motherboard Review IO

IO