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Asus P5N32-SLI Premium nForce 590 SLI Motherboard Review

Asus P5N32-SLI Premium nForce 590 SLI Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The Asus P5N32-SLI Premium motherboard is certainly a looker, and one of the fanciest motherboards we've seen in quite some time.
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External Mfg. Website: ASUS Feb 11 2007   Colin Sun  
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Accessories: Soundcard, Wireless LAN Accessories...

When it comes to audio, Asus and a few manufacturers have started to remove the audio from the motherboard PCB and add it through a proprietary slot (which looks like a backwards PCI Express x1 slot). The one on the P5N32-SLI Premium motherboard can be found just above the first/blue PCI Express x16 slot.

With the P5N32-SLI Premium PCB so busy, it makes sense for Asus to move the audio feature off the motherboard. The ADI 1988B high definition Intel Azalia 8-channel audio card has all the usual audio connectors for each set of speakers, and they're all labeled in the industry standard manner .

Asus also bundles in a stereo SoundMAX Superbeam microphone. It comes with some Velcro patches which allow the microphone to attach your monitor. If that's not your style, the microphone cable is 183 cm (6 feet) long - more than enough for the mic to be placed just about anywhere.

The Asus Q-Connector are set of small plastic jumper that fit into the front panel I/O, USB and IEEE 1394 headers a snap. The ideas is that front panel connectors from the case can be attached to each of the separate Q-Connectors, rather than the motherboard directly.

If you're a tweaker, this make removing the motherboard from the case and reinstalling it a less tedious task With Q Connector, you can connect all the pins to the proper Q connector then connect that to the motherboard when you're ready. Removing the motherboard to do some maintenance? Simply remove the Q Connector from the board and plug it back in when you're set. Asus even labels the individual pin values from ground to power and data!

Wireless 802.11g/b Networking as Standard

Wireless networking is a common entity in most offices and homes, and with the Asus P5N32-SLI Premium motherboard the onboard 802.11b/g Realtek RTL8187L wireless adapter ensures quick connection. An external omni directional dipole antenna screws into a rear I/O jack, and can be placed up to 40 cm away from the computer. The antenna is adjustable in the stand, so the best orientation can be achieved with a little tinkering.

The antenna has a magnetic base so it will stick to any steel surface, like the side or back of the computer chassis. The magnet is weak so it won't wipe any data off your hard drive, but route the cable carefully because it's soft and could be cut easily.

The Realtek RTL8187L wireless network card supports WEP 64/128 bit encryption, WPA and WPA2 (in station mode only). The range of 802.11b (11Mbps) signal is 40m indoors or 310m with a clear line of sight. Range for an 802.11g signal (54Mbps) indoors is up to 30m, and 60m again with a clear line of sight. In Access Point mode, the Realtek wireless network card can support up to 64 stations. Now, what about all these copper heatpipes, where do they lead to?

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Contents of Article: ASUS P5N32-SLI Premium
 Pg 1.  Asus P5N32-SLI Premium nForce 590 SLI Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  — Accessories: Soundcard, Wireless LAN Accessories...
 Pg 3.  Silent Thermal Solutions for Core Logic
 Pg 4.  Gallery Highlights of this Asus Motherboard
 Pg 5.  The nVIDIA nForce 590 SLI Intel Edition chipset
 Pg 6.  Overclocking the P5N32-SLI Premium Motherboard
 Pg 7.  Test System Specs / Sysmark 2004 Benchmarks
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: PC WorldBench 5.0
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: Office Productivity, SiSoft Sandra
 Pg 10.  Benchmarks: SuperPi, PCMark05
 Pg 11.  Benchmarks: 3DMark05, 3DMark06
 Pg 12.  Benchmarks: FarCry, Doom 3, Quake 4
 Pg 13.  Intel has some real competition!

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