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Asus P5N32-E SLI Plus nForce 650i Motherboard Review

Asus P5N32-E SLI Plus nForce 650i Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: ASUS' P5N32-E SLI Plus motherboard packs in a tone of Serial ATA II ports thanks to the nVidia nForce 650i MCP Southbridge.
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External Mfg. Website: ASUS Apr 14 2007   Colin Sun  
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Silent Thermal Solutions for Core Logic

The Asus P5N32-E SLI Plus motherboard has two copper heat pipes snaking between its slots and connectors, connecting low profile passive chipset heatsinks to two sets of copper fins situated around the LGA775 CPU socket.

The nVIDIA nForce 650i SLI Intel Edition chipset generates a lot of heat and thus requires more cooling than some previous nForce models did. The nForce 570i SLI MCP (southbridge) has a finless copper block heatsink mounted to it, with a heatpipe that connects it to a 28 fin copper heatsink set by the CPU socket. The nForce 650i SLI Intel Edition SPP Northbridge has a similar cooling arrangement, although the heatsink directly on top of this chipset is passively cools as well.

In both cases, the heat from the chipsets is conducted to a small copper fin heatsink resting on top of the boards' MOSFETs. These two finned heatsinks work off the exhaust airflow from the CPU fan, which blows over then just enough to keep the thermal environment in check.

The small finned copper heatsinks on top of the MOSFETs require active cooling if the processor is cooled with a passive heatsink, water cooling system or phase change cooling. Unlike with previous motherboards, Asus does not include any squirrel cage fans with the P5N32-E SLI Plus, so you'll need to point a fan in the CPU socket's direction for those situations where CPU heatsink fan exhaust is not present.

The nVIDIA nForce 650i SLI Intel Edition chipset gets hot under the collar, but in PCSTATS experience the copper Asus cooling system does a good job dealing with it silently. Up next, a quick look at some of the highlights of the Asus P5N32-E SLI Plus motherboard...

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Contents of Article: ASUS P5N32-E SLI Plus
 Pg 1.  Asus P5N32-E SLI Plus nForce 650i Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  — Silent Thermal Solutions for Core Logic
 Pg 3.  The Asus P5N32-E SLI Plus Highlights
 Pg 4.  The nVIDIA nForce 650i Intel Edition Chipset
 Pg 5.  Overclocking the Asus P5N32-E SLI
 Pg 6.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Sysmark 2004
 Pg 7.  Motherboard Benchmarks: PC Worldbench (Graphics)
 Pg 8.  Motherboard Benchmarks: PC Worldbench (Office)
 Pg 9.  Motherboard Benchmarks: PC Worldbench (Data Crunching)
 Pg 10.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Office Productivity, SiSoft Sandra
 Pg 11.  Motherboard Benchmarks: SuperPi, PCMark05
 Pg 12.  Motherboard Benchmarks: 3DMark05, 3DMark06
 Pg 13.  Motherboard Benchmarks: FarCry, Doom 3
 Pg 14.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Quake 4 / Conclusions

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