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ASUS A8N-SLI Deluxe (NVIDIA nForce4 SLI)
By Zachary Chan
Category : Mainboard
Published by Vijay Anand on Thursday, 16th June, 2005
Rating : 4 out of 5 stars  


Introduction

Even though the nForce4 SLI represents the 'must-own' chipset for all AMD enthusiasts going for an SLI setup, ASUS has three configurations within their line-up from 'plain Jane' to 'Inspector Gadget'. The A8N-SLI is your basic nForce4 SLI chipset slapped onto a PCB with nothing more than what is originally provided by the MCP itself while the new A8N-SLI Premium is so packed, you'd probably continue to find something 'new' two years down the road. How about the middle ground? This is where the A8N-SLI Deluxe fits into the picture. It features the same nForce4 SLI chipset and comes with enough features to hook you up for a gaming machine, LAN monster or networked entertainment hub. With ASUS Instant Music, you can also turn your PC into a set-top audio CD player without the need to boot into an OS (great for when you have had enough of Windows for the day and still be able to make use of the PC).

The ASUS A8N-SLI Deluxe.

One thing about ASUS that is a constant is their commitment to provide a matching bundle no matter what board you get. The A8N-SLI Deluxe gives you everything you need for every type of connector present, and them some. Before we proceed, you should take some time to digest the technical specifications of the board as well as what one would get in the bundle.

  • 8 x SATA data cables
  • 4 x SATA power converter cables (dual plugs)
  • 1 x 80-conductor Ultra ATA data cable
  • 1 x floppy drive data cable
  • SLI high-speed digital link interface bridge
  • External SATA (2 ports) extender bracket
  • IEEE 1394a port bracket
  • USB 2.0 (2 ports) bracket
  • USB 2.0 (2 ports) and Game port bracket
  • COM port bracket
  • Instant Music keyboard sticker
  • I/O shield
  • Driver CD
  • InterVideo WinDVD Suite
  • User's Manual

    ASUS A8N-SLI Deluxe Technical Specifications
    CPU Support
    • Supports AMD socket 939 Athlon 64 CPU
    • Supports AMD socket 939 Athlon 64 FX CPU
    • Supports AMD Cool 'n' Quiet Technology
    Chipset
    • NVIDIA nForce4 SLI MCP
      • Bi-directional 1GHz (2000MT/s) HyperTransport interface to processor
      • 20 lanes flexible PCI Express configuration
      • NVIDIA SLI Dual GPU architecture
      • Supports up to 6 PCI  v2.3 slots
      • Supports up to ten USB 2.0 ports
      • Dual controller SATA II architecture
      • Dual-channel Ultra ATA-133 IDE controller
      • IEEE 802.3 NVIDIA MAC for 1000BASE-T
    Memory
    • Dual channel memory architecture integrated into processor
    • Four 184-pin DDR DIMM sockets
    • Supports 2.5v DDR SDRAM DIMM modules
    • Supports up to 4GB using PC1600 (DDR200), PC2100 (DDR266), PC2700 (DDR333) and PC3200 (DDR400) unbuffered DDR SDRAM DIMM
    Storage
    • NVIDIA nForce4 SLI MCP
      • 4 x Ultra ATA 33/66/100/133 (data transfer rate up to 133MB/sec.)
      • 4 x SATA II (Serial ATA II 3.0Gbps interface)
      • NVIDIA MediaShield Technology
      • Supports RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 0+1
      • Supports RAID Morphing
      • Supports cross-controller RAID
    • Silicon Image Sil3114 SATALink controller 
      • 4 x SATA (Serial ATA 1.5Gbps interface)
      • Supports RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 0+1
    Audio
    • Realtek ALC850 8-channel audio CODEC
    • Coaxial and Optical S/PDIF Output
    Networking
    • Dual Gigabit LAN ports
      • NVIDIA Gigabit LAN co-supported by Marvell Alaska 88E1111 PHY chip (Transceiver)
      • Marvell 88E8001 PCI Gigabit LAN
    IEEE 1394 (FireWire)
    • Texas Instruments TSB43AB22A
    • 2 x 1394a ports @ 400 Mbps speed
    I/O Interface
    • 1 x Floppy connector
    • 2 x Ultra ATA IDE connectors
    • 8 x SATA connectors
    • 10 x USB 2.0 ports (4 x rear, 4 x bracket, 2 x header)
    • 2 x IEEE 1394a ports (1 x rear, 1 x bracket)
    • 2 x RJ45 LAN port
    • 1 x Optical S/PDIF Output
    • 1 x Coaxial S/PDIF Output 
    • 8-Channel Audio I/O ports
    • 1 x CD-IN
    • 1 x 9-pin serial port (header)
    • 1 x Game port (bracket)
    • 1 x parallel port (SPP/EPP/ECP)
    • 1 x mini-DIN-6 PS/2 mouse port
    • 1 x mini-DIN-6 PS/2 keyboard port
    Expansion Slots
    • 2 x PCIe x16 slots, PCI Express Bus specification v1.0a compliant
    • 2 x PCIe x1 slots, PCI Express Bus specification v1.0a compliant
    • 3 x 32-bit PCI slots, PCI 2.3 compliant
    Special Features
    • ASUS PEG Link
    • ASUS AI NOS (Non-delay Overclocking System)
    • ASUS AI NET 2
    • ASUS C.P.R. (CPU Parameter Recall)
    • ASUS CrashFree BIOS2
    • ASUS Instant Music
    • ASUS MyLogo2
    PCB
    • ATX Form Factor, 12"x 9.6"(30.5cm x 24.4cm)


    The A8N-SLI Deluxe rear panel includes all necessary connectors including both RJ-45, analog and digital audio output. FireWire and USB ports are covered too.
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