As the market changes and diversifies, Asus rolls with the punches with a constantly evolving attitude, one that reflects the current state of events in the PC industry in an effort to stay one-step ahead of the game at all times. Installing hardware is never a problem as you have plenty of info around the net to draw from. The second x16 slot makes things a bit more cramped; nForce4 chip and fan awkwardly located. That’s ten 10 drives. Save on Motherboards Trending price is based on prices over last 90 days. All of the other SLI boards provide 2 slots between the video cards.
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ASUS went one step further and also bundles a card that allows you to plug a SATA drive and power into your motherboard, externally without ever opening your case.
You may unsubscribe from the newsletter at any time. That still leaves you with two accessible bit slots and one x1 slot, although the remaining x1 slot is still a tight fit. The design of the PCB was also the best of the group with positive side locking that looked like it might survive a few changes. That’s ten 10 drives. All of the other SLI boards provide 2 slots between the video cards. But ASUS was the first to get us a final board and thus we have them in our review today.
That is why I went looking for the same model when it finally died from a power spike.
As the PC world develops into the dual-core and bit arena Asus has market available products that support these new technologies. The lowest-priced item that has been used or worn previously.
The system proved stable through all our benchmarking and ran eli games for extended periods without a hiccup. Thank God for Newegg and their awesome return policy.
The board itself is ashs feature filled as you could possibly imagine. It may be possible, but it looked like a hairy enough endeavor that we chose to stick with the cooling fan instead. Asus engineering is an important benefit with any Asus product, and the resources of this giant company are impressive.
The feature set on the Asus is just average in this roundup. Log in Don’t have an account? With a working sample of aasus board in hand it looks like ASUS has worked out any issues we had with the first sample of the board, and it should make for a nice gift for someone special or yourself of course for the holiday gamer.
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Audio is the rather average Realtek with nothing special in the Asus implementation – quite a step down from the leading edge designs of some Asus boards for Intel processors. Post Your Comment Please log in or sign up to comment. Log in Don’t have an account?
Best In The Biz As the market changes and diversifies, Asus rolls with the punches with a constantly evolving attitude, one that reflects the current state of events in the PC industry in an effort to stay one-step ahead of the game at all times. AFter countless hours of trying to get this to work AND of course upgrading bios and drivers, I came to find out that these two gigabyte cards are not certified by Nvidia and they will not work in the sli mode on this ASUS board.
The manual is extremely user friendly and support is acceptable despite the board being out of production for years. Add to this below-average overclocking abilities and the problems experienced with our Ultra cards on just the Asus board, and it is hard to get too excited about this particular Asus board.
This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Sign up now Username Password Remember Me. This item may be a floor model or store return that has been used. Lately, Asus has stood at or near the top in overclocking, but that has been truer of Asus Intel solutions than those for AMD. We experimented with a variety of settings and were able to run stably at 2.
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The Asus is certainly a competent SLI motherboard, but it is pretty average in this roundup and does not stand out in any way other than the wide space between the video slots. The popularity of this MB means there is always someone who’s willing to help you with a snafu. The item may have some signs of cosmetic wear, but is fully operational and functions as intended.
Show less Show more. Remember that it’s an old board now- it is not a platform you will be building on to handle the newest games out there, but if you want to put together a file-crunching monster NAS or workhorse machine to use up the old PCI cards or tie in those firewire drives you have lying around, this veteran can handle it.
As you will see later in our overclocking test, however, this capability is basically wasted, since this Asus is not a particularly good overclocker.